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#MusicExchange: Congo Cowboys

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 presents music that draws on the foot-stomping qualities of bluegrass and 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.

The band recently launched their EP and I caught up with Attwell post-show.

BizcommunityWhen are you happiest?
When plucking a banjo, some distance from the possibility of traffic, after a double klippies.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?
If listening, an opportunity to glimpse paradise. If performing, supper.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
Recording new music and, occasionally, fresh sausage rolls backstage.

BizcommunityWhat drives you: ego or humility?
Both. Eggs and hummus for breakfast give you enough energy to be creative all day. Delicious with chilli and black coffee (the drink).

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?
Hulk Hogan! He made growing up in the ‘80s too good and formed a rock band called Ruckus!!

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?
My Texan cowboy hat.

BizcommunityIt’s your round, what are you drinking?
Is that an offer? Pint of IPA, please.

BizcommunityDream gig to do?
Stagecoach Country Music Festival, California.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?
Got to be the hats! Could be the attitude.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?
“Doo Be Doo”.

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?
Drive a big bus with wings – an Airbus that is.

BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means
“Mushie Sterek” – pretty darn good.

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list?
Land a bush plane on a riverbed in the Zambezi Valley.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?
Maybe nicer than you think.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?
People who complain often.

BizcommunityHappiness is?
Free apparently.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to?
Care too much.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and, if you do, what do you do?
We do at least one charity fundraiser every year.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams?
A gig with Dolly Parton.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse