Club Afrique Revisited

London is often heralded as a multi-cultural metropolis but, in reality, in the current socio-political climate there is decreasing support for the diverse and vibrant cultural communities. Musical communities are left to rely on committed individuals who strive to generate performance opportunities in the face of adversity.

One such individual is Kawele Mutimanwa, a renowned Congolese guitarist, Kawele has been resident in Newham for many years and has established himself as a musical hub; organising and facilitating gigs.

One of these gigs was a regular night at Club Afrique in Canning Town, a thriving cultural centre for East London’s Central and East African communities. Until 2014 Sunday nights were the big night there with a 12 piece Congolese band, put together by Kawele, playing into the early hours of Monday morning.

This online film features Kawele and key musicians from London’s African music scene playing the kind of Congolese Rumba that you would have expected to hear when Club Afrique was in its heyday