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From London Heathrow to Kinshasa N’djili. If I had known that my 3 week holiday would turn into an 11 month stay, would I have still boarded that plane? Yes. This podcast invites guests from the diaspora now living, working or doing business in The Kongo - The Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Angola. This podcast aims to share what I have learnt and am still learning about making the transition from the west. Together I want us to explore the endless opportunities there ar ...
 
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enjoys vast deposits of precious minerals and metals. Diamonds are found in the south and center of the country and the land holds 80% of the world’s Coltan, needed in all our mobile phones. It should be one of the richest countries on Earth, but it is not. This Podcast explores why, from the very beginning. A new podcast will be released each Monday every two weeks, the website is https://www.thehistoryofthecongo.com Starting in prehistoric times, ...
 
Foxtrot & the Get Down, White Sox Dave & Dante from Barstool Sports, & Kenny Carkeet take on topics including life in a band, the music industry, internet culture, sports, and everything in between. The band chats with one another and with guests from all corners of the entertainment industry
 
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Baraka Rumamba is an investor passionate about fundraising in the niche segment of the Congolese Diaspora. He graduated in Accounting and Economics from Southampton University and presently leads the investment committee of the Sarah Bonnell Foundation for which he also serves as a trustee. Baraka seats on the board of the London Community Credit U…
 
All four boys on the pod this week & shit gets ROWDY. We're lucky enough to sit down with bassist & all around great guy Jeph Howard from The Used to talk about the 20th anniversary of their debut record. We also talk about early touring days, streaming, the term "Emo" & another amazing Billy Corgan story (23:11) We also go into Glastonbury, MGK at…
 
Ladies & Gentlemen... WE HAVE ICE CUBE ON THE PODCAST THIS WEEK. We we're lucky enough to sit down with a cultural icon while he was in Chicago this week with his Big 3 Basketball League for an unbelievable conversation. We go over the origin and current state of the Big 3 (:39-16:06), his movie career, music career, thoughts on current hip hop, Th…
 
Well, well, well. Look who landed one of the biggest bands in the world. The boys flew to Nashville to sit down with Patrick Carney from the Black Keys for a long, unreal interview. We cover the band's new album "Dropout Boogie", as well as his feelings on the music industry (7:15), dropping out of college (12:10), Joe Rogan (23:24), history of the…
 
So, the boys went to Nashville to interview Patrick Carney from The Black Keys & Hang out with Gibson Guitars. The Carney interview drops next week, but we recapped the whole trip on this week's episode. We also get into The Rolling Stone Top 200 Rap Albums list, why Colin is a pussy, & The Best of 2022 thus far with our friend Rob Gross. LISTEN & …
 
If you only listen to one episode of OTGL, make it this one. All four boys are on the cast this week, and it's a doozy. We get into music news, conspiracy theories, writing songs in your sleep, Put-in Bay, the Match-Up Game, and so much more with a little help from Johnny Kongos of KONGOS. We also world premiere their new single "Broken", which dro…
 
In part 2 of Independence Immediate we see the Congolese parties final campaigns in the elections which would decide who would be in power once the Belgians had left. There was a mix of great expectations, excitement, local and national interests. It was unknown who would win the elections at the time, but here we detail the run up and the final re…
 
ALL FOUR BOYS ON THE PODCAST THIS WEEK! We got a heater for you guys. We start off with a lovely argument between Dante & Dave (:52). Next we get into the new Harry Styles album (9:40), as well as a discussion over who the biggest artist on earth is. Then we cover the Halsey/Label situation (20:40). We talk with Max from Arkells about their new sin…
 
Spicy Cast this week. First, WSD recaps the rock star lifestyle he's been living recently (:27). Then, Colin recaps his night at KFC Radio live in Philly where he told Shane Gillis he loved him (3:15). The boys break down Kendrick Lamar's new album before we get into our AMAZING interview with Armani White. He talks about his new song "Billie Eilis…
 
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN BABY! We have a packed episode this week. We start off going over the impending release of "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" by Kendrick Lamar. We then follow up with a simple, but poignant question: Are albums important again??? (7:09-11:10). We talk with Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum engineer/producer Ben F. Thomas abou…
 
Ruben Luabeya, an electrical engineer from The United States, born and raised in The Democratic Republic of Congo, reveals how and why he entered the Renewable Energy sector from the US, to now becoming Head of Business Development in the DRC. Luabeya depicts his 2 years of experience since being back in the DRC including; housing, electricity and …
 
LIVE FROM BARSTOOL HQ we have the Classic Album Review of one of the greatest rock albums of the past 25 years, "American Idiot" by Green Day. Colin & Robbie Fox sit down to go over the history, back story, themes and making of Green Day's smash 2004 hit. From the theatrical story line, the political back drop, all the way to the fact that the albu…
 
Big news to start the week out: KENNY GOT HIS DIAMOND PLAQUE FOR "SAIL"! All the haters, suck our dicks. Packed episode. We have Wayne Jetski from Barstool Sports here to cohost, & we get into his recent tunes, what constitutes a "band", Post Malone's new album announcement, and the fear of getting older as an artist. We welcome on the drum tech fo…
 
KUNG FU KENNY IS BACK! We have a huge episode this week, and an amazing interview with returning guests The Blue Stones. First things first, we break down all of the new releases that are coming out and why there's a flood of heavy hitters dropping new music (3:05). Next, we get into the Fyre Fest that is Coachella (13:38). We talk with our friends…
 
Last week, we hated at an unprecedented level. So this week, we're taking a trip to the Anti Player Haters' Ball. We get into the best releases of the past week (21:22), the future of the music industry for artists (15:36), and the Top 5 Led Zeppelin songs with Katie Feeney & Raul from The Expendables (44:02). We also touch on Eastbound & Down, Doj…
 
In this Episode we turn to The Congo in the late 1950s. The world is changing and on the African continent independence is coming to many countries as the age of colonialism comes to an end. In this context old identities are rediscovered as pre-colonial empires come to the fore once again. People coalesce around parties in anticipation of local el…
 
THE BOYS ARE GETTIN' ROWDY THIS WEEK. A ton of shit getting talked on this cast. We start out with a recap of the 2022 Grammys, a night we all hope to forget (6:47). Next, we go over some music news as well as all of the amazing records that dropped this week (20:52). Then, we talk some tour stories about the worst sleeping situations we've ever ha…
 
We got all four boys in the building for a huge episode this week. We start out on a somber note, as we remember the life of Taylor Hawkins (13:30). We then get into Grammy Award Winner Will Smith's slap heard around the world and how much we absolutely hate award shows (31:10). Then, we head into our 2022 Grammy Predictions, which really don't amo…
 
BIG EPISODE. We have probably the best interview we've ever done this week with rising star Sam James. We talk about his new single "Going Through It" ft. Moneybagg Yo and No Cap, his journey, the high's and low's of being a musician, bartending, The Voice, and his relationship with Dante (3:10). We also get into Foxtrot's first hometown show in Ph…
 
The 1950s afforded the majority of the Congolese modest increases in living standards. Wealth and opportunities were increasing, and the colonial attitude was starting to shift. But social progress was slow. When news came from Belgium that not everyone considered colonialism permanent, Congolese society prepared to fill the power vacuum that would…
 
Happy St. Paddy's Day to all! We have an amazing episode this week, with our Australian Celtic Rock friends The Rumjacks. These boys are on tour with Dropkick Murphy's and we thought it was the perfect time to have them on. We talk touring, their new records, the Celtic Rock scene, stereotypes, and their new rivalry which we started (10:35). We als…
 
We have a guitar heavy episode this week. We welcome back our friend, Director of the Brand for Gibson Guitars Mark Agnesi. We talk about the Gibson Garage, the rise in guitar sales, the state of Rock & Roll, and White Sox Dave's new Fender...(6:22). We get into falling back in love with rock music (2:10), Dave meeting fake Kirk Hammett (41:00), Sp…
 
Who else you know who gets the pod done on vacation?? We have a huge episode this week: Our friend Andrew Barber, creator of Fake Shore Drive, is here to talk about Jeen-Yuhs episode two, the Chicago rap scene, and the history behind Kanye's come up (2:43). We go into the pod's thoughts on the doc thus far (35:10), Dave Grohl's comments on Billie E…
 
In this episode we how the rulers if the Belgian Congo adapted to the German conquest of Belgian in World War II. Set against conflicting loyalties of the Belgian King, Parliament and Industry the Belgian Congo emerged as powerful part of the Allied cause. The Congolese achieved the first allied victory in the War, and its resources were fundamenta…
 
Kanye West has completely taken this podcast hostage. To start out, we had Feitelberg drop in to debate Dante over whether or not "Jeen-Yuhs" is boring (1:05). We go over his gripes, his possible corruptions at the hands of his Taylor Swift fandom, and his burgeoning shoe empire. Next we hop into some music news. We go over festival lineups & tours…
 
HUGE WEEK. A ton to talk about so let's get started. We start out with some big news: KENNY IS GUNNA BE A DAD (twice) (1:44). Next, we have our friend Gunz on today to talk about Coachella & Stagecoach lifting Covid mandates & what the impact of this decision is going to be on the rest of the music industry (6:57). We go over the Super Bowl Halftim…
 
After World War 1 the Belgian Congo's place in the world was settled internationally. The authorities, with private backers, invested in the wealth opportunities presented by copper, diamond and other minerals to increase revenues. Infrastructure projects were completed to connect these mining areas to the Atlantic, and some Congolese were able to …
 
WE'RE ON THE CHARTS NOW MOTHER FUCKERS. Monster week last week, and we have another crazy episode this week. We welcome on Robbie Fox from Barstool Sports to talk about the ongoing Motley Crue vs. Pearl Jam debate (7:47). Our friend Nate Moran, one of the best drummers alive, comes on to debate Robbie on this Hot Button Issue. We also go into the D…
 
We have a completely different episode this week: No guests. Just a straight up round table on the biggest issues in the industry right now. First we get into the drama surrounding Neil Young pulling his catalog off of Spotify in response to the Joe Rogan situation. We go into why this happened, who's in the wrong, and where we go from here. We als…
 
In 1914 the Nations of Europe went to war. The African colonies of these powers had differing views on the conflict, but the Belgian Congo was drawn into war in the face of German colonial aggression. The peoples of the Congo were once again asked or coerced to support their new leaders. Combined they created a mighty powerhouse of military might a…
 
ONE YEAR OF ON THE GUEST LIST! Our first anniversary is here, and we're just getting started. We welcomed on Rob Gross, industry vet who has worked for heavyweights like Universal & Intetrscope, & just opened his own label services company called Shark Attack (7:27). We talk about how the industry has changed, his time at the majors, the state of r…
 
We have a rising superstar in our midst this week. We welcome on Windser, who you may know from his recent New Year's Eve performance on national TV with Macklemore (6:11). We talk about his career with Mainland, how he linked up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the whirlwind of his past few months, his ambitions, and who he wants to work with the m…
 
International pressure forced the Belgian government to succeed King Leopold II, and The Belgian Congo was born. The Belgian people were not unanimously behind colonialism, although the colony was supported by the socialist government on the grounds of developmental support. But the companies who were developing were also exploiting, although now u…
 
This week, we welcome on Jose Pasillas, the drummer of the legendary Incubus (3:43). We go through his career, Incubus' longevity, growing up In LA, how he optimizes his performance (spoiler: he's a big fan of Fresh N' Lean), his craziest show memories, and the wild story of his childhood run in with Steven Adler of Guns n' Roses. AMAZING Interview…
 
We're back for a new year, and we have some great guests on to ring it in. Robbie Fox, our dear friend, is back to co-host this week. We get into White Sox Dave being a bad boy (:50), The Grammy's getting cancelled (7:35), The Weeknd's new album & if we care (17:59), The tik tok effect (23:25), ON/OFF the list (31:23), & WTF We've Been Listening to…
 
In this episode we see how one individual, Edmund Morel, pieces together the true facts of Leopold's Congo State to determine it's true nature. Enraged by the injustice, and willing take on the King himself, we see the development of a humanitarian campaign which was spread Britain and the United States. With support from politicians, churches, cel…
 
Here we find the people of the Congo living for the first time under one ruler in todays DRC borders. This man was King Leopold II of Belgium, and he called his territory The Congo Free State. The land people and people were ruthlessly exploited for ivory and rubber with scant regards to their own interests. Under this regime brutality and control …
 
Ladies & Gentlemen, we've reached the end of 2021, and what a year it was. We go over the year in music, as well as the ride that has been our first year as a podcast. To do this, welcome on our frenemies, KONGOS, to help run down the best in music this year, the worst, alt radio, and the state of music (10:59). We also go into our journey this yea…
 
Happy Holidays to All! This week is one of the most dysfunctional lists we've ever put together: What are the Greatest Christmas Songs Ever? From Kenny hating X-Mas music, to Dave not remembering the picks before him, this episode is a bit of a clusterfuck. But hey, at least we're consistent. We go into on/off the list, shows shutting back down, an…
 
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