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Situated between the Victoire quarter and the Stade Tata Raphaël, it is one of the principal locations of Kinshasa's nightlife, with many bars and restaurants. There are also several recording studios based in the quarter.
It is best known as a cultural and musical center of Congolese music, from where groups such as Papa Wemba's Viva La Musica launched the musical careers of numerous figures including Koffi Olomidé and King Kester Emeneya.
During the colonial period, the area was called Renkin.
- Distractions Congo: A Matongé, On Ne Dort Jamais, On danse at Inter Press Service (IPS)
- Kinshasa-Brussels: From Matonge to Matonge at Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMAC-KMMA)