By Sharon Angucia

It is a popular genre of dance music which originated in the Congo basin during the 1940s known as Lingala music in Uganda after the Lingala language of the lyrics of the majority of the songs. The style gained popularity throughout Africa during the 1960s and 1970s Uganda inclusive. This music still enjoys a massive fan base in the West Nile region.

A local music producer in Arua Totia Mickdad commonly known as paps-paps says the love for this music in the region traces back to history as many people from West Nile went into exile in DR Congo and then they got accustomed to this music.

Charles Ondua the band leader of Vata musica that presents live band music in Arua says the Lingala music varies from other forms of music as its production takes much a longer time because it has a lot of components.

Rap artist Milton Ma-opini Mark Peter commonly known as Gbaraspoken Mc says the Lingala music has greatly impacted the music industry in West Nile as many artists from the region have done a lot of songs in the Lingala style.

Tino Belize a local female music in Arua says she would be willing to do a musical collaboration with Congolese musician Koffi Olomide and would even wish to sing in Lingala.

Though the music from the Democratic Republic of Congo has a great impact on the music industry in many countries, the People from Congo have no single term for their own music per se, although muziki na biso meaning “our music “was used until the late 1970s, and now the most common name is ndule, which simply means music in the Lingala language. End