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Mulele Matondo Afrika
United Kingdom
Influences: African
Genres: conscious, congolese, african, acoustic, congo, roots, bbc, seben, jazz, rhumba
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February 2023 #34 - Top 40 for African Influence Dark Valentine by Mulele Matondo Afrika (video)
October 2022 #21 - Top 40 for African Influence Dark Valentine by Mulele Matondo Afrika (video)
January 2022 #38 - Top 40 for African Influence Mali La Paix (track)
Help to make the \'Mali La Paix\' video; Support peace and freedom of expression in Mali 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. HELP US MAKE the MUSIC VIDEO FOR MALI LA PAIX TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE CAUSE AND TO PROMOTE PEACE IN MALI AND THE REST OF AFRIKA... WATCH THE VIDEO AND VISIT OUR SPONSUME PAGE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION   "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 the song for free here . Raise awareness about Mali. Make peace happen. La paix au Mali, l'Afrique dans la paix.   more
Kinshasa-born Mulele Matondo Afrika started music at an early age before he established himself in Zambia and Zimbabwe as a bassist, guitarist and arranger with a flair for his home grown Congolese style still extremely popular there today. As Ponpon Matondo, he enjoyed success early in his career working with Chris Chali and Amayenge, Real Sounds of Africa, Lubumbashi Stars and New Stars Musica V.S.L.V. (which he co-founded).

Mulele's solo debut, Prophecy, marked a change of direction towards what he calls 'conscious music'. Affected by endless conflict back home, and inspired by outspoken artists before him, Mulele now writes music for the people - songs about real lives and problems, often criticising world leaders in the process, and urging his fellow Africans to stand up and change the dire status quo.