Kongo Dia Ntotila
GB London – African / Jazz / Fusion / Worldmusic / Tropical
Kongo Dia Ntotila


Homage a Fela Kuti live at Folklore, London

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Members 6
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Label / Release Type Year
Pussyfoot Records Limited
Ab67616d0000b273ce79fad66528ccb6f165d17d Seben Steps To Heaven Album 2019
Ab67616d0000b273c75add837236abcc3f0877e5 360° Album 2019
Kongo Dia Ntotila
Ab67616d0000b273ed55ba2e732e6901a162139e Diantoti (RouteNote Sessions | Live @ Tropical Pressure 2019) Single 2019
No Agency
Haile Music
Birikiti Pegram
Bucks Music Group
Rhiannon Bramley
Press Text
"Kongo Dia Ntotila have honed their thing to an audience-thrilling precision; 
 this is music custom-built for outdoor shows in the sunshine.” Joseph Neff, The Vinyl District.

“Totally authentic - as good as anything you get coming out of Africa!” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Kongo Dia Ntotila play KONGO JAZZ: a fusion of African roots-inspired beats and bass grooves with jazzy guitars and soul-rousing synergistic brass.

Their sound is a blend of Africa’s finest dance music styles, revived and modernised. They draw on a breadth of African rhythmic and sonic traditions, with influences of Congolese rumba and the sunshine sounds of seben guitar, seamlessly fused with a neat dose of jazz. It is pure Afro-joy: dance-inducing beats, polyrhythmic guitars, grooving bass and soaring brass.

The band comprises three UK jazz players on guitar, saxophone and trumpet; with drummer, bass player, and rhythm guitarist from Kinshasa, DRC. They have been described by Tom Robinson as “musicians of the very very highest standard,” and “totally authentic - as good as anything you get coming out of Africa,” while Max Reinhardt has called band leader Mulele, “a visionary bassist”.

Championed by BBC DJs Tom Robinson and Max Reinhardt, Kongo Dia Ntotila have featured on BBC Introducing, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London, Soho Radio for a live session recording direct to vinyl and BBC6 Music where they performed a live session on the Tom Robinson Show.

Tom has described the music as “a great combination of sophistication, energy, musicianship and pure life-affirming spiritual uplift!” while Max Reinhardt (BBC3) says of Kongo Dia Ntotila live shows: “Wherever they go they bring a raucously joyful party with them.”

Reviews on their recent album release '360°' have been promising across radio and print media:
"A euphoric joy" MOJO magazine
"an untrammelled party sound” The Arts Desk
"An all around incredible album" Songlines magazine
"Incredible musicianship.” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
"The playing is constantly sharp... the style, firmly rooted in African groove with a hefty dose of jazz, is wide-ranging and indeed occasionally surprising. Listening inspires sincere appreciation and constant waves of enjoyment." The Best of 2019’s New Releases, The Vinyl District