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.
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: www.nefa.org 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