Kongolo is based in Oslo, Norway and creates music inspired by his
Congolese heritage. Blending Congolese rhythms with American funk influences, Elvic
sings in English, Lingala, French, and Norwegian, though his commitments to music
has been tested rigorously since arriving in Norway. Initially wanting to
become a musician, he was convinced by his family to study instead, a decision which
had disastrous consequences, ultimately finding Elvic reduced to living on the
streets. Through the help of others and a burning desire to spread joy through
his music, he has found himself performing in front of large audiences thanks
to his energetic stage show which has elements of the frenzied performances of James
Brown, Fela Kuti and Little Richard.
Elvic himself explains his new “Our Story”, which is out on the 12th of February:
When I hear “Our story”, I picture a beautiful relationship between two people. Their relationship was fantastic, they were in paradise. Unfortunately, their love couldn’t conquer the obstacles coming their way and it did not last”.