52 years ago Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence. One year afterwards, in 1960, Joseph Kabasele wrote and sung the song “Indépendance Cha-Cha” together with his group African Jazz. Later Le Grand Kallé, as he was also known, would become one of the greatest musicians of Congolese music history.
“Indépendance cha-cha. Tozoui, “Here we are, independent at last,
Oh! Kimpuanza cha cha, Tubakidi, Long love Liberty, cha-cha,
Oh! Table Ronde cha cha, Tua gagné Victory at the political roundtable,
Oh! Dipanda cha-cha, Tozui e e. Long Live independence, We have won“
African Jazz *-* “Indépendance Cha-Cha” (1960)
50 years later the young Congolese musician Baloji, part of a new African generation of musicians, covered the song.
Baloji *-* “Le Jour d’Après/ Siku Ya Badaaye (Indépendance Cha-Cha)“