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Tango Ya Ba Wendo


Name: Tango Ya Ba Wendo

Country: Zaire

Year of publication: 1993

Format: 16 mm

Language : OF m. engl. UT

Duration: 52 Minuten

Direction: Kwami, Mambu Zinga; Popovitch, Mirko

Camera: Penez; Jean-Louis

Editing: Mora, Marie-Hélène

Sound: Léon, Daniel

Actor: Kolosoy, Wendo


In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, “Tango Ya Ba Wendo” is the term given to the decade of the 1940s and 50s, a time when Antoine Kolosoyi, or “Wendo,” triumphed as the pioneer of Zairian rumba. In 1992, Wendo is almost 70 years old. The Congolese singer and adventurer tells of his life, his mother as a traditional singer, his first job - as a mechanic, his beginning in songs during colonial times, followed by success and then oblivion. This film has brought back to the forefront the career of legendary Congolese musician, considered by many as the “father of Congolese music.” (