Congo Cowboys
Congo Cowboys
  • country:South Africa
  • style(s):Bluegrass, Experimental
  • label:LOUD Music
  • type:Band
  • instrumentation:percussion, guitar
  • artist posted by:GRIOT GmbH


Congo Cowboys is a band formed by Freshlyground members Simon Attwell (banjo), Julio Sigauque (bass) and Congolese lead singer Chris Bakalanga (guitar), together with South African drummer Unity Mzi.

The band is excited to present music that draws on the foot stomping qualities of Bluegrass & Country, reimagined through Kwassa Kwassa African rhythms and Soukous guitar.

The Congo meets the Deep South in a gritty exploration of Americana and ol' timey ditties. Banjo and bluesy bass lines from boys in boots.
It's fire and hell, whisky and ribs, murder in the pines...

I … hung out with the cool kids, dancing right up
against the speakers and loving every sound of
this gorgeous mix of Congolese kwassa kwassa,
deep country, and classic covers which surprised
and delighted. (The Weekend Special)