Many presenters of music and students in the USA & CANADA do not know much about African music and dances or about what is happening in other parts of the world. For Example, many do not know that Africa is not a country, but is actually comprised of Independent nations, each with its own government, cultural heritage, music and dance styles, dress codes and languages, and including several different races, including Arabs.

Led by TSHIBANGU KADIMA from CONGO, Band Rumbafrica presents music from divers part of Africa sharing in the rich diversity that the African cultures offer the world.

May Okongo

My name is May Okongo. I am a student at Boston University Metropolitan College. I am from Kenya but I do not prosper at running marathons. There are other things I do well however- such as dancing and playing volleyball. I translate Swahili to English and English to Swahili as a volunteer in conferences that take place around the country. Other things I love but I am not very good at are singing, knitting and crocheting and elephants.

My platform is about helping immigrant students. Being one of them, I fully understand some of the challenges that they have to overcome in order to achieve their goals. Most of these difficulties can be overcome once these students are informed about the opportunities available to them.   As such, it is my dream to create a network that will seek to help these students by availing them the information they need to take advantage of the opportunities coming their way. I will rip the runway at the Queen of Africa International and Rumbafrica Pageant for a cause that I have a passion for.

Tshibangu Kadima 

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Stoneham, MA 02180






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Ms. Maryland United States 2014, is a multitalented person. Helping others is her passion. She is a founder of an non-profit organization called " Empowerment Essence". This organization mission is to eradicate suicide and bullying for youth and young adults. This will be accomplished through prevention education, awareness campaigns, counseling services, mentoring/life skills programs and referrals to mental health organizations-facilities. She believe that those actions therefore will be able to empower our youth and young adults to live and lead safe, healthy and well balanced lives.


In addition to Modeling, Shenetta Malkia is a Motivational Speaker, Commercial Actress (Medstar Health), Television Host/Expert, Live Event Hosting, Teleprompter, Cooking, Swimming, Dancing, Racing, Hosting and Promotional Events.

Our performers educate the audience about African Traditional and Contemporary music and dances, about the relationship between rhythms and movements, emphasizing how to hear the different parts of the rhythms, the body movements with which they are associated and the accurate timing of their integration.  The audience discovers models that can dance well.

In the above Video Tshibangu Kadima & Rumbafrica is featuring Kanda Bongo Man and keeping the Congolese music alive @ The Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester NH.  In the bottom, you can see again Tshibangu Kadima playing guitar to backup Kanda Bongo Man @ Peter Norton Symphony Space - Broadway at 95th St, New York City.

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The traditional section:

NGOMA ZA KONGO, meaning drums of the Congo. This is collaborative project composed of several artists in continuous research, the group presentation known as TIYA represents a diversity of sounds and colors from different regions of the Congo. The work is an original fusion of traditional rhythms, ritual dances, and the influence of a contemporary environment.


The artists dance, sing, and play various sounds of the African drums. Their explosion onto the stage drives you into the essence of their mythical rhythms, leaving you between a traditional and modern world. Enriched by the songs and sounds of the African drums, these rhythms and dances make Band Rumbafrica an outstanding group beyond the usual. Coming from different ethnic backgrounds, the members naturally contribute to the diversity of the group.


The contemporary section:

The contemporary section of the music and dance is known as SOUKOUS.  Melodic instruments such as guitars, keyboard, saxophone and bass are included for a rich sound. Pictures worth thousands of words, we have include videos and pictures on our website for your evaluation. We are very interested in providing to your audience an educational and entertaining experience that will last life time.

Nyadak Pal

My name is Nyadak Pal. I am a college student at Metropolitan State University as a junior, studying Business Management, with minor in Social Entrepreneurship.  I have two daughters, a three and a half month old and a seven year old daughter. I am the oldest out of seven sibling.  I model with the JTA Group Agency. I was born in South Sudan, in a civil war my family and I had escape to find survival.   I speak four African languages. When I finish college I want to became a motivate speaker, for the silence voices and for women's right that are living in perverting around the world.

My mission with Nyadak's African Cocoa Butter Body Cream is promoting and selling this product to generate sales with 5% of our profit to fund a non-profit organization to drill deep water wells to provide clean drinking water to the people in South Sudan.  I am very excited to travel to Boston MA in order to promote my platform at Queen of Africa International and RUMBAFRICA Pageant.

Fauzia Nakiyaga

My name is Fauzia Johnson Nakiyaga,  from Uganda but currently I reside in Tacoma, Washington. I make each decision  with my best interests in mind and I believe that one day I am going to reach my goals, fulfill other people's lives with happiness and pride. I like modeling because it is challenging and competitive. Therefore modeling motivate me to keep pushing hard by investing time and money. In this field consistency is vital. It helps you stretch your arms even furthest.


A dream is something that exists in all of us. I will be part of Queen of Africa International and RUMBAFRICA Pageant taking place in Boston MA. Models are coming from all over United States in order to represent each respective African Country and also to Network and share ideas and possibilities. It was such a great honor having a lot of people committing themselves to vote for me on a daily basis in order for me to be featured in the Dlist magazine cover girl model search, where I managed to make it to the finalists list. The support, love and care from people was the best things that has happened to me in my modeling life.
Kupewa Mushala

My name is Kupewa Mushala from Tanzania. In fall 2015, I will be going to the University of District of Columbia. I enjoy dancing, singing and modeling. I recently competed for Miss Tanzania USA and was the First Run Up of 2014-2015. I will be in Boston MA on Saturday April 18, 2015 in order to compete for Queen of Africa International and Rumbafrica Pageant and also promote my platform to help kids in need. I am pride of performing for Anna Mwalagho at Smithsonian in DC.

Shenetta Malkia
Ndombolo Dance from Democratic Republic of Congo

Rumbafrica was founded in 1992 by Tshibangu Kadima, who was born in Lubumbashi in Congo.  Kadima came to the U.S. originally to study Computer Engineering and graduated from Northeastern University.  He introduced New England to SOUKOUS music.  The Boston-based group performs music and dance combining rhythms of traditional Congolese rumba (a variant of the Cuban rumba) with the modern non-stop soukous beat.  Kadima composes and writes the troupe’s songs and choreographs their dance.  Their repertoire includes songs in French, Swahili, Tshiluba and English and reflects Kadima’s hopeful vision of life and his prayer for positive change in Congo.  Kadima songs convey a message of peace.  He conducts entertaining and educational workshops in schools and universities around the country.

Rumbafrica is the Boston area’s premier dance band and has received numerous awards including the Boston Music Awards for Outstanding World Music Act in 1995 and an Award at Artscap 97 Festival in Baltimore MD for Outstanding World Music Act.  What is NEW is that on November 15, 2014 RUMBAFRICA band leader "TSHIBANGU KADIMA" received the OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN ART, (INDIVIDUAL) from the CONGOLESE BOSTON GALA.

 Rumbafrica has been selected for listing in the Massachusetts Touring Roster.  Presenters will be  eligible to apply to receive fee support for the band.  To find out the guideline and deadline call (617) 951-0010 or visit:  Presenters from other New England states are eligible to apply for fee support through the New England States Touring program, which is also administrated by 

New England Foundation for the Arts.  Here is very important website about rumbafrica: http://www.creativeground