Also a very BIG thank you to Mapumba and Magic Music Hut for believing in the film and supporting it!!!
“This is a film that I’m greatly honored to be associated with. It is real, relevant and most of all a true reflection of our cross-country relationships in South Africa. As a Congolese foreigner living in this country I’m proud to be part of this story.” Mapumba
Mapumba shares his energised and sacred tracks "Baby Please", "Sema" and "C'est la vie"
Mapumba has been an integral part of the Africa Shafted team from the very beginning. One of the brainstormers, Ponte visitors and the first contributing musician!!! He is a talented and inspirational musician, music producer and human being. His powerful, energised and sacred voice keeps touching us all, as does his passion for life and people. Keep producing amazing music Mapumba and thank you so much for your immense contribution.
Who is Mapumba?
Born Dieu Merci Mapumba Cilombo in a small town of Kolwezi in DR Congo, Mapumba’s childhood was one filled with political and social instability. Around the age of thirteen when a deadly tribal conflict broke out, Mapumba was sent to Zambia by his family where he finished his higher education. With such an uncertain life Mapumba found refuge in music by teaching himself in voice, guitar and piano through out high school and college.
Eventually Mapumba embarked on a quest to find a place that could let him make music his career And so in the year 2000 mapumba arrived in the city of Cape town South Africa with a guitar as his only companion. Here Mapumba exposed himself to various styles of music and performances to learn as much as he could in becoming an inspiring singer, song writer, composer, producer and a multi instrumentalist whose creativity evolves with every single performance.
Singing in French, English, Chiluba and Swahili, Mapumba has one well selling debut album entitled Mapumba, which the Cape Times describes as...
"a brilliantly self produced and self composed album with a fantastic combination of beautiful ballads and some groovy upbeat African themes. All Diversely blended by his rich soothing velvet voice. A sound that can only be simply called world music..!"
His music is a simple sound inspired by different styles from his ethnic elements to modern sounds of soul music. All blended by his rich velvet voice and unique style of musical arrangement. Mapumba sings about personal stories of his life and moral issues most of all portraying the message of love and unity. Mapumba is also a field presenter for the well known travel magazine show Studio 53 on DSTV's satellite tv. This show takes him to many African countries including Mali and Sudan to name a few.
This is also a great inspiration and insight for Mapumba about the cultures of our lovely continent which he continues to reflect in his music.
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