The Munganji dancer is central to Pende dance ceremonies. The full-body suit is woven from raffia thread.
In 1995 the city saw a serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
Singer King Kester Emeneya was born in Kikwit in 1956. In April 2014, a tribute concert held in Kikwit to honor King Kester Emeneya ended in disaster, and at least thirteen people in the stadium lost their lives in a stampede following a power failure.