Hot Congotronics at Grace Jones’ Meltdown
In June 2022, the Southbank Centre hosted a unique collaboration as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival.
For one night only, our Royal Festival Hall rocked to the sound of Hot Congotronics, a unique collaboration between London’s Hot Chip and Kinshasa’s Kasai Allstars.
Featuring artists from each of the collaborators, this short film tells the remarkable story of how this supergroup came together. Over footage from their rehearsals and the gig, discover how the artists worked together, overcoming differences in language and culture, to produce an incredibly crowd-pleasing collaborative gig that showcased their respective sounds… all inside a couple of days.
‘As soon as they start singing together this very magical thing happens, and we were just giving them space to do what they would normally do, and not trying to impose ourselves too much on that experience.’