Boma Bango, takes musical cues from Congolese luminaries, such as Franco Luambo & le TPOK Jazz, L’Orchestra African Fiesta with Docteur Nico and Tabu Ley Rochereau, and Le Grand Kallé et l’African Jazz. The band has striven to create its own kind of improvisational music based upon the sounds from this golden age. The band was started by musical compatriots Daniel Coolik (electric guitar/electric mandolin), Trey Boudreaux (bass), Megan Constantin (vocals/percussion), Bill Smith (congas/marimba), and Glenn Fields (drums/percussion) – and is sometimes joined by Aurora Nealand (saxophones). They reinvent old songs and also have been writing new songs in the Rumba style in Louisiana French just as the Congelse wrote songs in Lingala (their predominant language) inspired from the Cuban and Caribbean sound they were so entranced by. So, in the same way jazz musicians took the Great American Songbook in the 1940s and ’50s and now take from popular music, Boma Bango has reworked these beautiful and almost forgotten melodies to create an alluring, tropical and compelling new sound.