The dancer here is terrific. Also notice the drummer, particularly in the transition to the sebené, just before the dancer comes on. As the person who posted the video on YouTube puts it:
WOW! It is such a pleasure to watch drummer Isaac “Machine” Katalayi lead the transition into the sebené (you’ll want to replay it just to watch him), while Shiko makes EXACTLY the right sounds come out of that Ibañez Guitar!
Malage is a much respected vocalist. Always in demand, he is frequently called upon to lend his voice to the production of albums by big name artists from his country. Has had his own solo career, and has sung with some of the best Congolese musicians, including 1985-89 he sang with Franco and TPOK Jazz.
Permanence, stability and continuity are very rare commodities in the political and social life of central west Africa. Congo, Zaire, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Mobutu, Kabila, this faction, that faction – it all leaves people very little to cling onto, let alone dance about. That’s why it’s all the more reassuring and heartening to see that Kanda Bongo Man is still strutting his stuff with his hi-octane unleaded soukous after a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. Soukous, is THE pop sound of Africa. It was originally blended from Cuban rhumba, Congolese rhythms and stripped down disco production values in the clubs and funhouses of mid 1970s Kinshasa, capital of what was then Zaire. The name comes from the French ‘secouer’, ‘to shake’, which is just about all you can do when you’re under its spell, unless you’re deaf or dead that is. Its hallmarks are a tub-thumping all-consuming groove, mesmerizing guitar work and gorgeous close harmony vocals. Kanda Bong Man, who earned his ‘Bongo Man’ nickname from his drummer grandfather, fronted the seminal early Soukous combo Bella Bella before moving to Paris from Kinshasa in 1979 to pursue a solo career. His 1981 album ‘Iloye’ topped charts all over Africa and he went to release a string of classics on the Hannibal label, including ‘Amour Fou’ and ‘Kwassa Kwassa’, the later named after a hip-grinding dance that Kanda Bongo Man invented.
Wikipedia tells us:
He is most famous for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music. The previous approach was to sing several verses and have one guitar solo at the end of the song. Kanda Bongo Man revolutionized soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His form of soukous gave birth to the kwassa kwassa dance rhythm where the hips move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips.
You can find music from Kanda Bongo Man at Amazon.