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: 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