Traditional music in the African continent is one of the main building blocks of life. It has a spiritual connection with people. People in ancient times would dance gracefully towards the music as dancers would pass a message for generations. The African instruments were in various forms and shapes to represent a given aspect of a certain community. As time went by, the African music grew into different genres of which people listen to some until today. Great artists such as Mory Kante, a Guinean, came up and composed good African music that sold millions of copies. Recently, Africa has lost a great Congolese star known as Edouard Nganga who has left a gap in the rhumba genre.
The Death And History Of Edouard Nganga
Earlier this week, the Congolese authorities announced the death of Edo Nganga, a great songwriter. On a trailer conveying information from Dieudonné Mouyongo, the minister of culture, stated the fatality after an illness. The star released a song against the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of many Africans. Citizens of the DRC acknowledge Edouard Nganga for having made his first appearance in Negro Jazz and OK Jazz. Before his demise, Edo was the only remaining founder participant of the Bantous de la Capitale.
Paul Soni Dedicates A Documentary To Edo’s Group
Paul was one of the people who respected and loved the works of Edo. He directed a documentary way back in 2019 when the group was celebrating its 60th anniversary. Paul’s words showed more than love and support for Edo.
“Edouard Nganga’s works will stand the test of time. People celebrate their creations. Already people consider his work timeless. Until he was 86 years old, he was on stage. The last time I saw him dancing on stage was at the French Institute of Congo with the Bantus of the capital.”
Friends Pay Tribute To Edo Nganga
After the death of Edo, many of his long-time allies said words of praises to him. One of the friends is known as Mermans Passy who was a guitarist and one of the members of the Bantus. Passy always looked up to Edo as his bigger brother. Moreover, he says that Edo was a great composer, singer, and well-mannered man. Mermans says that there is great sadness in his heart after the demise of his friend Edo.
Kosmos Mountouari, also a guitarist and ally to Edo, says that his heart too is full of sadness after he knew Edo was dead.
“It is with great sadness that I am commenting on his death. When you learn that an ally or a relative has passed away, it is very difficult to accept that they are no more. That is the sadness that has filled my heart. Honestly, he was a great person to be with.”
Indeed, Edouard Nganga was an icon in the Republic of Congo. His sudden death has brought sadness to the African culture. As a way of remembering his name and promoting the African culture, other Africans also need to embrace and appreciate the great works of African stars.