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MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA is a musician and songwriter from Kinshasa, the capital of music, Kongo. He writes music for the people: of Kongo, of Afrika, of the world... for humanity, unity and freedom. Read the artist bio here.

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NEW ALBUM from Mulele Matondo Afrika

SECOND ALBUM BISO PASI COMING SOON

Mulele has spent the last seven months working on new album BISO PASI. Now recording has finished, and he is in the process of mixing the final few tracks, we are asking for your support to release the album independently with Kinshasa-featured music videos.

In return for your contribution we are offering music, concert tickets, lessons and sessions, as well as custom MORE FIRE merchandise, including guitar picks, lighters, and MORE FIRE t-shirts screen printed by hand especially for this campaign. READ THE FULL STORY RIGHT HERE.

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Mali La Paix - official music video


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****PRESS RELEASE****
UK Musicians Unite in New Music Video of Song 'Mali La Paix', calling for Peace in Mali

Jan 14th 2014

UK based Congolese artist Mulele Matondo Afrika brought together an international group of London-based artists to record 'Mali La Paix (Peace in Mali)'. The song was recorded in 2013 when more than 20 musicians and singers generously gave their time and talent, contributing their own instrumentals and vocals in nearly ten different languages, to promote peace.

Today the video for the song is released in an effort from the musicians to continue to raise awareness through music of issues which all but seems to have been forgotten despite continued conflict in Mali to date. Mali La Paix was made in solidarity with the musicians of Mali who continue to play music against all odds refusing to be silenced and in solidarity with the many Malians who fled the region for safety in neighbouring countries.

"The conflict in Mali is an issue for Africa, and for the rest of the world. I wanted to add to what Fatoumata Diawara did with 'Voices United for Mali' to help to raise awareness everywhere in order to promote peace in Africa. As an African, I see the war in Mali as another wound for Africa and I wanted to show solidarity with my African brothers and sisters. This time, it is Mali, but my own home, Congo, has been suffering for decades and all over Africa, there is suffering." Mulele Matondo Afrika

In early 2012 insurgents took over Northern Mali after a coup ousted the elected president President Amadou Toumani Toure. Since then Islamist groups have imposed strict Sharia law in the northern region, with public beatings, stoning, further human rights abuses and also the banning of music. In the secluded north the conflict continues.

"Africa is like the body of a person and every time there is war, Africa bleeds and she is always bleeding somewhere - someone is always wounding Africa. That is what the chorus lyrics are about." Mulele Matondo Afrika

"...beautiful arrangements." World Music Network, Feb 2013
"Beautiful sound, beautiful message." Jools Holland Band, Feb 2013

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'Mali La Paix' - a song for Mali by Mulele Matondo Afrika & friends

****PRESS RELEASE****

Feb 7th 2013

Compelled to contribute to the messages of peace for Mali, Mulele Matondo Afrika brought together an international group of London-based artists to record 'Mali La Paix'. Over the last seven days of January 2013, more than 20 musicians and singers generously gave their time and talent, contributing their own instrumentals and vocals in nearly ten different languages, to promote peace.

"The conflict in Mali is an issue for Africa, and for the rest of the world. I wanted to add to what Fatoumata Diawara did with 'Voices United for Mali' to help to raise awareness everywhere in order to promote peace in Africa. As an African, I see the war in Mali as another wound for Africa and I wanted to show solidarity with my African brothers and sisters. This time, it is Mali, but my own home, Congo, has been suffering for decades and all over Africa, there is suffering.
"Africa is like the body of a person and every time there is war, Africa bleeds and she is always bleeding somewhere - someone is always wounding Africa. That is what the chorus lyrics are about."

Download and share. Raise awareness about Mali.
Make peace happen.

La paix au Mali, l'Afrique dans la paix.


Vocalists
  • Mulele Matondo Africa (DRC)
  • David 'Atou' Lessie (DRC)
  • Ngeya Maweja aka Automatic (DRC)
  • Afla Sackey (Ghana)
  • Biram Seck (Senegal)
  • Kadialy Kouyate (Senegal)
  • Elhadj Amadou Ndir (Senegal)
  • Ramsay Estevez (Cuba)
  • Birikiti Pegram (UK/Eritrea)
  • Isabel Bedford (UK)
  • Katherine Pegler (UK)
  • Maiken Sundby (Norway)
  • Noga Ritter (Israel)
Instrumentalists
  • Guitars: Mulele Matondo Afrika (DRC)
  • Kora: Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia)
  • Djembe, Shaker, Spoons: Afla Sackey (Ghana)
  • Tama talking drum: Kaw Secka (Senegal)
  • Double Bass, Batá: Jimmy Martinez (Cuba)
  • Batá drums: Javier Ginarte, Gerardo De Armas (Cuba)
  • Clarinet: Alice Williamson (UK/Croatia)
  • Viola: Anisa Arslanagić (UK/Bosnia)
  • Bağlama: Hasan Dur (Turkey)
  • Vocal percussion: David X (Martinique/France)

Produced and arranged by Mulele Matondo Afrika
Studio recording by Mulele Matondo Afrika, Birikiti Pegram and Ernesto Estruch @ Haile Music
Mixing and Mastering generously volunteered by Ellis Gardiner @ Clearly Loud and Chris McCormack @ Blacklisted Mastering

English translation of all lyrics:
Refrain (Lingala):
Mali ye, Mali ye, Mali ye, Afrik'ezoki. Mali ye, Mali ye, Mali ye, Afrik'ezoki lisusu ngo. Afrik'ezoki na Mali.
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Mali ye, Mali ye, Mali ye, Africa is wounded. Mali ye, Mali ye, Mali ye, Africa is wounded again. Africa is wounded in Mali.

Birikiti Pegram (English):
Let the music play in Mali. Let the children dance fearlessly. Let the women walk free. Silence the war with the sound of peace.

Biram Seck (Wolof):
Many tears, much blood brings fear to the people of Mali. Why are we killing each other? The country is ours. We are brothers and sisters. All that remains is to pray for peace to come again.

David Lessie (Lingala):
Heartache, my body feels cold. My people are suffering. Blood is spilling in Mali.

Mulele Matondo Afrika (French):
Peace in Mali. Africa in peace.

Elhadj Amadou Ndir (Wolof):
To cry and not to have comfort. To fight for powers and beliefs. Have you forgotten the words of thy lord? Let us love one another.

Noga Ritter (Hebrew):
Mali, unite for the future of the children.

Maiken Sundby (Norwegian):
Freedom from tears, Freedom to the wounded souls. Everyone has the right to everything that exists. Fear of believing... Fear of seeing... When Mali stands together, The standing stand stronger.

Kadialy Kouyate (Bambara):
People of Mali, my salutations to you, That God bless you and bring you peace. The war should be avoided, the war is bad. Let us be united.

Ngeya Maweja aka Automatic (Swahili):
Suffering in Mali. Sharia has brought trouble in Mali. Many surprising events in our Africa, problems... Every day, children are dying. Who will help us?

Afla Sackey (Ga):
Mali, with togetherness and understanding, We will live in peace and harmony. War is not good. It will rather destroy the country. And we don't need war in our midst.

Ramsay Estevez (Spanish):
Until when the ignorance, my love, The killing and the incomprehension? Greed breaks the bags In the battle for power and mad snatching... Africa standing, Africa standing, Mali is standing my love, Mali is standing.

Katherine Pegler (English):
Mali, Mali, Peace in Mali

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Mulele Matondo Afrika Live

More live dates on the GIGS page.

debut album out now

Prophecy by Mulele Matondo Afrika

"...enjoyable and thought-provoking debut that hopefully signals the launch of a successful recording career by a versatile new artist." *** Songlines (#89) Jan/Feb 2013

LISTEN / DOWNLOAD / BUY FULL ALBUM HERE

preview tracks from PROPHECY




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