This program is presented every other Sunday on WRIR LP 97.3 FM in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
WRIR's mission as a nonprofit, publicly supported community radio station is to present unrepresented or under-represented news, opinions, issues and music.
With this program, the only such program in the USA that I am aware of, I hope to help to fulfill that mission by raising public awareness and appreciation of a wide variety of Congolese popular music.
A long look and listen at the Ambiance Congo Audio Archives at http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Ambiance+Congo will show that I make it my policy to only repeat any given song if that song has been requested by a listener. Over the course of the past eight years, that adds up to a lot of music and, hopefully, illustrates how many artists there are, how many groups there have been and the incredible amount of music has been recorded and produced.
People who are or have been unfamiliar with the genre are usually amazed by the sheer volume and constant quality. When this happens, I feel that WRIR and Ambiance Congo have been successful.
Twice a year, WRIR asks for your support. Today's program was recorded during our Spring 2013 Fund Drive. The program includes a lot of talk about the fund drive and about how you can help to keep WRIR on the air and to keep this program coming. If you appreciate the effort to introduce and present Congolese music to a wide range of listeners -and the results of that effort- please donate whatever you can and be sure to tell WRIR that you enjoy and appreciate Ambiance Congo.
Thank you, and thanks to all who have already responded to the call. The Fund Drive ends soon.
The show is an all-vinyl program that filled a number of your requests and I hope that you will enjoy hearing all of the songs as much as I enjoyed presenting them.
Here are a few album covers: