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Ndombolo is a Congolese music genre and dance style,[2] also popular in other African countries such as Kenya[3] and Madagascar. It is derived from kwassa kwassa.

This style of fast music, currently[when?] dominating dance floors in central, eastern and western Africa, created by Radja Kula is performed by Dany Engobo, Awilo Longomba, Aurlus Mabele, Koffi Olomide and groups like Extra Musica and Wenge Musica, among others.

The hip-swinging dance to the fast pace of soukous ndombolo has come under criticism on claims that it is obscene. There have been attempts to ban it in Mali, Cameroon and Kenya. After an attempt to ban it from state radio and television in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2000, it became even more popular. In February 2005, ndombolo music videos in the DR Congo were censored for indecency, and video clips by Koffi Olomide, JB M'Piana, and Werrason were banned from the airwaves.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Figures de la réussite et imaginaires politiques".
  2. ^ "Le français en République du Congo".
  3. ^ "Culture and Customs of Kenya".
  4. ^ "Anger at Cameroon dance ban; BBC News", BBC News, July 25, 2000
  5. ^ "Ndombolo music videos in DR Congo censored for indecency Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, Lifestyle News, February 11, 2005"
  6. ^ "Why is this 'Ndombolo' generating so much heat?", Daily Nation (Kenya) October 11, 1998