Q&A with Soulful Congo-Funk vocalis Elvic Kongolo

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Soulful Congo-Funk vocalist Elvic Kongolo is set to release his new single ‘Our Story’, a powerful and emotive track that deals with a dilemma encountered in a relationship.

Taking the rhythmic sounds of his homeland and marrying them with his experiences in Europe, ‘Our Story’ is a gentle introduction to his sound, showcasing his soaring, soulful tones with a song about the difficulties encountered within a relationship.

Tell us about your highlights for the year

That I worked with one of Michael Jackson’s sound engineers Carl Glanville. That was awesome. That’s not something that happens every day that you meet someone like him to mix your song. I am looking forward to releasing my next singles and finishing my debut album. I am also looking forward to sharing my music and through it spread happiness and joy to my fans.

If you could paint a picture with/of your sound, what would it look like?

Rain on a sunny day, the rain drumming on people and nature. People dancing around the fire, clapping their hands and enjoying life.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

“Zombie” by Fela Kuti (vibe and rhythm), “Curtis” by Curtis Mayfield (rhythm and lyric), “Cold Sweat” by James Brown (vibe, energy, and rhythm), “Cast a Long Shadow” by Little Richard (vibe and energy) and “Face Value” by Sir Phil Collins (Harmony and lyric)

What other artists do you really like at the moment and why?

D Angelo (Good sound and vibe), Beyoncé (Energy and presence), Manu Dibango (Rhythm and arrangement), Werason and JB Mpiana ( Congolese artists with high groove and dance songs)

How did you get to your first gig and how was it?

That was fun! My first gig with a band was in 2014 at a festival called Musikkfest in Norway. I was on stage and told people who I was and that I’m playing music in a genre called Congofunk. People seemed not too interested, but when I hit the first tune of my intro song followed by a nice groove from my funky drummer, people started to run to get closer to the stage. That’s when I knew that I had to keep going, no matter what, because it was so amazing to see people being so happy and dancing to my song.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself that no-one would expect.

I have the ability to engage people when I am on the stage, no matter if it is together with a band or if it is just me on the stage. I have been able to do this even when I have been sick. This gives me confidence, energy and drives to keep me going every day.

What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

That I have come this far with not enough money in my pocket and no record deal. I can reach far with the huge support I have from my friends, family and fans who are always with me.

Famous last words?

Let’s make this world a better place to live in by sharing love and happiness through music and arts. Let me be a part of your journey so I can support you and make you smile through my music and groove.

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