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“Africa Mokili Mobimba” was featured on our latest album, Listen to the Music, as audio-only and now we’re excited to share the Song Around The World video with you before it’s released next month!

“I will never forget the feeling I had the first time I heard traditional Congolese music while visiting the capital of Kinshasa. The poorest people with broken instruments playing the most upbeat and positive music I have ever heard. “Africa Mokili Mobimba” is a famous song from the Congo and serves as an anthem to unify Africa.  We decided to use this song to connect those who were separated generations ago by slavery and reunite them through their music. Our journey began in Kinshasa, Congo and then the PFC crew and I drove out to the village of Lukala. We received permission to record and film in the village and we were told that the local voodoo community would protect us.  We then traveled through the Caribbean to the island of Anguilla and then Cuba before making our way to Congo Square in New Orleans to record and film the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Music is the best tool to reunite hearts, souls, and minds all around the world because it lifts us up to a place where we all feel connected.” – Mark Johnson


By "Listen to the Music" album

Featured Locations

New Orleans, LA, United States

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Lukala, Bas Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Floreffe, Belgium

Havana, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

New York City, NY, United States


  • Full Credits

    Written by Mwamba Mongala

    Adel Gonzalez: Congas

    Bernardo García: Cowbell

    Michael 'Dumpa’ Martin: Steel Pan

    Jimmy Omonga: Vocals

    Luis ‘Betún’ Valiente: Timbales

    Matumona: Acoustic Guitar

    Papa Orbe: Tres

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Brass

    Roberto Carcassés: Piano

    Stephen: Percussion

    TP OK Jazz Band: Vocals/Electric Guitar/Electric Bass

    Rubin Rodriguez: Bass


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