Lopango ya Banka (meaning Land of the Ancestors in Lingala) was formed in 1997 by Wabuza Lemvo. Our objective was to open the ‘ezibeli’ (gate) to wisdom amongst the African diaspora youth in Germany about our history and culture. We started with meetings in the community, and then Wabuza found that through rap in his first language Lingala, young people were more attuned to hearing about the culture, traditions and life of Kongo. So in 2003 Wabuza started rapping, using hip-hop as a powerful instrument to bring the Afrikan youth closer to their own culture and gain a deeper understanding of their own identity. You will find that all Lopango ya Banka's songs are in Lingala, and the videos have English, French and sometimes German subtitles, meaning our message can reach a wider audience. The focus on using Lingala language exclusively was also to promote a language that colonialism wanted to destroy. In 2008 we released the album 'Kongo Bololo' the first ever hip hop album sang in Lingala, including a version of the national anthem, for the first time also sang in Lingala. This led to a European tour with Dead Prez, Ice Cube and then Patrice. Lopango ya Banka has developed over the years and we continue to sing about Afrikan unity, self-determination, justice and about not only the struggles in Afrika but of its beauty and its positive culture and traditions. Lopango ya Banka as a group of young Kongolese rappers based in Germany, Belgium, UK and Kongo, are still fighting for what we believe and using our voices as a catalyst for change both in the diaspora and at home in Kongo. Continually working towards our collective goal of a unified, strong and free Afrika.
Lopango ya Banka-Mwasi. V eng
Lopango Ya Banka - Eyano (Chegue)
Nka1-Mbonge (Waya) Long Version
Lopango Ya Banka - Ndule Ya Bakin
Management and Bookings: Naomi Reid