For a musician anywhere, surviving and prospering within the genre called jazz has never been easy, and it still isn't.
For many of contemporary Congolese musicians the idea of authenticité was seen as a positive one at a certain level, even though Mobutu abused Congo culture to build his own personality cult.
Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti used his music as an art form that provoked. This wasn't only through politics, but also sex.
It took ages for one of African jazz's hidden masterpieces to be reissued. Still today, four decades later, 1976's 'African Songbird' tells volumes about the politics of the time.