Alé Kumá and Dizzy Mandjeku
De Palenque à Matongé
Uniting Colombian and Congolese musicians, De Palenque à Matongé revives and reinterprets the historical connection between two musical traditions that have travelled back and forth between the New World and the African motherland.
Alé Kumá, one of the most important Afro-Colombian bands, led by Leonardo Gómez Jattín, invited Dizzy Mandjeku for recordings and concerts in Bogotá which resulted in the participation in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in 2016.
Later that year the musicians of Alé Kumá flew over and joined the finest Congolese musicians residence in Brussels. The result is called ‘De Palenque à Matongé, the first project and full album of Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá. The album will be released worldwide by the end of 2017 and in the summer of the same year, Dizzy Madjeku & Alé Kumá will be performing several live shows throughout Europe.