Congolese Rhumba Hopes to Make UNESCO World Heritage List

The Democratic Republic of Congo has given the official kick-off to a campaign to put Congolese rhumba, one of the most popular forms of music in Africa, on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The bid which was lodged in 2020 by both the DR Congo and its smaller neighbour, Congo-Brazzaville. 

Congolese rhumba developed in the Congo River basin in the 1940s, was inspired by Latin and Caribbean music. It gained widespread popularity in the 1960s and 70s, developing spinoffs, including a high-tempo version called soukous.


Congo's Rhumba king, the late Papa Wemba (file photo).

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.