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Soukous All Stars



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Soukous All Stars consists of:
Felix Manuaku Waku (Lead Guitar), Nyboma Mwan'dido (Lead Singer), Ferré Gola (Lead Singer), Malage De Lugendo (Lead Singer), Lokassa Ya Mbongo (Rhythmic Guitar), Nseka Huit Kilos (Lead Guitar), Ngouma Lokito (Bass Guitar), Shimita El Diego (Background Vocal), Elie Kihonia (Background Vocal, Keyboard, Percussion), Komba Bellow (Drum Set and Percussion), Shegue Di/Ekukuan Lokua (Bass, Guitar, Back Vocal), and Isaac Katalay (Dancer, Drum Set, and Percussion).

FELIX MANUAKU WAKU OF LE CLAN ZAIKO LANGA LANGA

Félix Manuaku Waku also known as Pépé Fely Felly is among the creators of the soukous style, and a legendary Soukous guitarist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been described as the foremost Congolese solo guitarist of his generation and is credited with establishing the guitar as the lead instrument in contemporary Congolese music.
A graduate of the Kinshasa Academie des Beaux Arts, he is one of the founders of the popular Congolese musical group Zaiko Langa Langa, and his rapid guitar-playing style was a distinctive feature of the group's music In Zaiko Langa Langa he attracted critical praise for his ability to play continuously without a break, and earned the sobriquet "the hardest left hand in Zaire". He was noted also for his mastery of the sebene technique. As one the Founder of group Zaiko Langa Langa (also spelled Zaïko Langa Langa and in other variants) are a seminal soukous band from DR Congo. The word "Zaiko" is aportmanteau for the Lingala phrase Zaire ya bankoko, meaning "Zaire of our ancestors", where "Zaire" must be read as a reference to the river by that name, now called Congo. The meaning of the phrase "Langa Langa" is controversial; according to the band's website, it means "marvelous" or "almighty"
Founded in the early 1969 by D.V. Moanda, Marcelin Delo, Henry Mongombe, Olemi Eshar-Eshar dem'belina and Andre Bita, Zaiko Langa Langa survived into the 2000s (decade), and have been largely popular through the decades. Because of their "rebel" and "hippie" attitude, and their innovative approach to soukous, they became a symbol of the new generations of post-independence Zaire, and are sometimes compared to the Rolling Stones for their appeal on the Congolese youth.
The band has experienced several personnel changes, and a number of prominent soukous musicians have been in their lineup; examples are Bozi Boziana, Dindo Yogo, Evoloko Jocker, N'Yoka Longo and Bimi Ombale.Several soukous band formed as spin-offs of Zaiko Langa Langa; these include Isifi Lokole, Yoka Lokole, Viva La Musica, Langa Langa Stars,Zaiko Familia Dei, Basilique Loningisa, Choc Stars, Anti Choc, and Zaiko Nkolo Mboka. This large group of related bands is sometimes referred to as "Clan Langa Langa" (i.e., "the Langa Langa family"). In 2000, Zaiko Langa Langa were awarded by the Congolese. Media Association as the best Congolese musical group of the 20th century.

NYBOMA MWAN'DIDO
Nyboma Mwan'dido or Nyboma, is a prominent Soukous musician. He was born in Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo).
Nyboma learned to sing as a child in Nioki, 200km north east of the capital, in the church choir. He sang in the school chorus when his family moved to Kinshasa while he was still in primary school. He joined his first band, Baby National, as a professional singer in 1969 at the age of eighteen and later moved to Negro Succes until Bavan Marie-Marie, Franco's brother, died. He then signed with Editions Veve record label owned by Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta (a soukous recording artist and producer/financier, composer, saxophonist, and band leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo). In 1975 he became the leader of Orchestre Kamale, under the Editions Veve record label; the group was established by Verckys using some members of Orchestre Lipua Lipua (another of the various bands under the Verckys's Vévé label).Orchestre Kamale split up in 1978 when Assosa and Mulembu left to create Fuka Fuka. The Orchestre Kamale vestige was renamed Les Kamale with Nybona at the helm. In the 1970s, Les Kamale was a popular danceband with their hits "Salanga" and "Afida na ngai." In 1979 Nyboma was drafted into African All-Stars in Togo, after the bands' founder Sam Mangwana had left. In 1981 Nyboma recorded one of his biggest hits “Double Double” with his new band which he named Les Kamale Dynamiques Du Zaire. In 1983-84, he recorded another three albums under the name Les Kamale Dynamiques Du Zaire.
Nyboma has worked with many musical greats from Congo, from Pepe Kalle and others in Empire Bakuba, to Koffi Olomideand his counterparts in Les Quatre Etoiles: Bopol, Syran and Wuta Mayi.
Nyboma’s album Anicet was produced by Ibrahim Sylla, and his signature is evident from the polished, multi-layered songs in the album—including a song in which Nyboma pays tribute to Malcolm X (in a song of the same title) and to Pan-Africanismin a song entitled Abissinia (a name for ancient Ethiopia).
Several of his albums are collaborations with Pepe Kalle, Madilu Système, Kamale, Lokassa Ya Mbongo, and others.

LOKASSA YA MBONGO
The longtime rhythm guitarist for Kanda Bongo Man, Lokassa Ya Mbongo helped to transform the Soukous, a fast-paced fusion of traditional Congoese melodies and Afro-Cuban rhythms, into an international dance craze. Mbongo showcased his energetic playing on tracks included on such multi-artist anthologies as Megamix, Vol. 1, and Soukous Stars and Gozando. Mbongo's collaborations include work with Tshale Muana, the "queen" of Mutuashi, a dance style popular in the Kasai region, and Eurodisco-influenced vocalist Fode Baro of Guinea. Prior to leaving his homeland and settling in Paris in 1983, Mbongo performed with Tabu Rochereau's Afrisa and Sam Mangwana's African All Stars. Lokassa is one of the few rhythm guitarists that have made it to his status of fame and success. That esteem is usually put upon the flashier lead guitarists. He is a veteran member and co-founder of the band who catapulted it to stardom with his Megamix Soukous albums by appealing to party favorites throughout Africa and those around the world who could not speak Congolese lingala, albeit mesmerized by his guitar theatrics.

FERRÉ GOLA
Ferré Gola, whose full name is Hervé NGola Bataringe, is a DR Congolese recording artist. "Gola" is an acronym or short form of his real name: NGola (vocalist, and entertainer). He possesses, exceptional artistic qualities. With its charming voice and melancholy, this artist has the power to captivate the ear drum music lovers
He at one time was a member of the Congolese band Quartier Latin International
He was born on 3 March 1976, in Kinshasa, the largest city and capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From an early age, he was passionate about becoming a professional musician. Ferré gola began his career in a band in Bandalungwa commune called "Rumba des Jeunes" before making his historic entry in "Wenge Musica" in 1995.
At the dislocation of this group, Ferré Gola joined Werrason in "Maison mère" for 7 years, before creating with Bill Cliton and Jus d’été "Marquess of Maison mère". But, "Les Marquis" with JDT Mulopwe and Bill Clinton Kalonji who also left Werrason, burst out a few months later after the triumphant release of the opus "Miracles", best album at the KORA awards 2005 in Africa South. In 2005, Gola joined the group Quartier Latin International, of Koffi Olomide, leaving for a solo career in 2006, the same year Fally Ipupa left. While at Quartier Latin, one of the memorable hits he produced was the song Sisi Silvie Remix where he pairs with Olomide. With his real name Hervé Gola Bateringe, Ferré has made an exceptional artistic journey which has earned him his current success. He is well-known for his work, and is surrounded by a team of young ladies and gentlemen who are well-established both in his administration and in his orchestra, among others: Chikito, Kunzardo, Charly Solo, Mark House, Guy Digital, De Gaulle and others. Before embracing the solo career, Ferré Gola produced top Afropop Chart songs including Vita Imana, Victim of Love, 100 Kilos, Love Interest, Insecticide and others.

MALAGE DE LUGENDO
Malage de Lugendo (born 25 December 1961), is a DR Congolese soukous recording artist, composerand vocalist. He was a member of François Luambo Makiadi's seminal band TPOK Jazz, and Tabu Ley Rochereau's band Afrisa International.
He was born in Bukavu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC). He attended Boboto College in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC. During the timeframe of 1976 and 1977, then a teenager aged 15 or 16, he became actively involved in music. Like many other musicians in Kinshasa, at the time, he joined several musician groups of his generation, including: Campagna, Oka and Jacula. He and others then founded Mekano. In 1979, Malage met Empompo "Deyesse" Loway, an accomplished Congolese saxophonist, who introduced him to the group Tcheke-Tcheke-Love, where Empompo was a member. Malage joins the group. In 1980, Malage de Lugendo co-founded the band Afro-International with Mimi-Ley and Shiko Mawatu. The following year, in 1981, he was invited to go on a West African tour by music artist Mayaula Mayoni. The tour lasted a whole year.
On returning to the country, Mayaula introduced him to the Grand MasterFranco Luambo Makiadi. He became a member of the soukous bandTPOK Jazz, led by Franco, which dominated the Congolese music scene from the 1960s through the 1980s. The young singer featured in OK Jazz hits such as "Testament ya Bowule" in 1984", later followed by "Celio", "Chandra", "Boma Ngai naboma yo" and "Ekaba kaba". The seriousness and the experience propels Malage to rise to status of General Secretary of the group OK Jazz in 1989. That same year, he left TPOK Jazz.
He takes advantage of this course bad patch to take out a first album "Baiser de Judas" in 1988. In April, 1989, Malage integrates the group Zaïko Langa Langa, led by Jossart Nyoka Longo, which dominated the Congolese music scene from the 1970s through the 1990s. From the first album of the group, he takes out a successful tube "Leki ya Baby" in 1990. A few years later, he participates in the record "Les Asiatiques", together with Madilu System and Carlyto. The album will know an enormous success. In 1995, he takes out a record. The latter will cause his departure of Zaïko. He settled down then in Brussels with his family. He begins a solo career. In 1997, he takes out "Abulungani", first solo album. He will be followed in 2000 by "Pain quotidien". Since then, he intervenes in several musical projects in Africa, in Europe and in America. He takes advantage of it to get fresh ideas during eight years, to deliver the hit "SMS.”

NSEKA HUIT KILOS
Huit Kilos, guitar virtuoso and composer, started making music on a guitar made from a cooking oil can and a piece of wood. At first playing secretly, as his father was opposed to Huit’s becoming a guitarist, the young boy prevailed when one day his family, to their surprise, saw him playing the guitar on television! He was only 12 years old. Huit Kilos went on to become Africa's best known lead guitarist — a leader in the creation of the Congolese and Soukous guitar sounds that swept Africa and Northwestern Europe with their immense popularity. As lead guitarist for a number of top bands, Huit Kilos is one of the handful of Congolese studio musicians who has given shape to the highly distinctive Soukous sound. He has recorded as a studio guitarist on over 100 albums and rocked the most demanding dance crowds in live performances around the world.
During a musical career now spanning more than 35 years Huit Kilo’s soukous guitar style is recognized as one of the central shaping factors of Zaire/Congolese pop music. Huit has been the lead guitarist for many of the greatest names of Congolese music:
Papa Wemba's Viva La Musica,
Tabu Ley Rochereau and Afrisa International
Langa Langa Stars,
Victoria Eleison with King Kester Emeneya,
Dindo Yogo’s Macchi,
Bella Soum with Ngouma Lokito,
Etumbana Ngwaka
Tabu Ley is of course Huit Kilo’s longest and most renowned association. As Tabu Ley Rochereau is often credited with being the creator of soukous, one would be remiss in not crediting lead guitarist Huit Kilos as a seminal force in that creative process. Together, Tabu Ley and Huit Kilos brought rumba and soukous music to the western world, and made Tabu Ley Rochereau one of the all-time greatest stars not only of Congolese music, but of African music as a whole.
After working together across Africa for three years, in 1988 Tabu Ley Rochereau and Huit Kilos moved to Paris to spearhead soukous’ historic drive to European popularity, most notably in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. While focusing most of his efforts on Tabu Ley Rochereau’s Afrisa International Orchestra, in Paris Huit Kilos also recorded with many African-Parisian bands on numerous hit records targeting principally the European market. Now living in Los Angeles, California, USA, Huit Kilos is producing his own records and continuing his ubiquitous studio work both as a guitarist and as a composer. In America he has completed several record releases with his own group, Huit Kilos & Yoka Enzenze: “Huit Kilos in America” and Huit Kilos & Yoka Enzenze, “Eucharistia.” His most recent release, “God Bless Africa”, with the hit song “Congolese People: Wake Up!” (“Peuple Congolais Reveille-Toi!”, is a collaboration with philosopher and song writer Gassy Dyndo (brother of Dindo Yogo). It is a “single” record consisting of three songs addressing the current civil and political conditions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Zaire), and encouraging the people of the DRC to hold on to hope, and support the democratic unity of their vast nation. Huit has also been playing guitar for several African bands located on the US west coast and working regularly with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, the Congolese and Salsa fusion stars. Huit’s collaboration with Lemvo began in 2001, and Makina Loca continues to break new ground in connecting anew the long-closely-associated Cuban and Congolese sounds.
While known principally for his leadership in the realm of African music, Huit Kilos virtuoso skills on the guitar are not limited by genre. You will be surprised to hear him playing salsa (tres), other forms of Latin music, Jamaican Reggae, Antillean and other Caribbean genres, as well as blues, country, rock and myriad other stylings.

NGOUMA LOKITO
Born in Lumumbashi, Congo (RDC) his parents named him Shungu Omba. He was later nicknamed and called, Ngouma Lokito, (Power Of The Bass). Ngouma started to play the bass guitar in 1977, with a local group called "Ndjili" until 1980. In 1983, he was asked to join a local church band called "Minzoto Wella Wella", and played the bass guitar. With this local church band, Ngouma experienced his first European tour in 1984, and also toured the Motherland (Africa). Ngouma Lokito briefly played with the "Choc Stars" band and then joined with "Bozi Boziana", and formed a group called "Anti-Choc" in late 1985. Ngouma and Bozi Boziana, had success everywhere they played, and went on a long tour around Africa and Europe. The big finale of his tour would end up in Paris, and France. This time he was given another nickname of "Professor". Ngouma's unconditional success later made him form his own band called, "Soukous Stars". This gave Ngouma the opportunity to play with many celebrities in the music business. In 1990, Ngouma Lokito finally released "Leddy", his first album, produced by TJ.R. Production and distributed by Sonodisc. Two years later Ngouma released his second and third album, entitled "Waby", produced by T.J. Distribution Sonodisc, and "Talisman" by Sonodisc. The big success of this album took him on a long international tour throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Ngouma has played in more than 40 countries, and continues to perform extensively throughout the United States. Ngouma cannot count the amount of albums that he has played on, but he has been featured on big name albums of various artists like, Koffi Olomide, Tshala Mwana, Bozi Boziana, Lougah Francois, Madilu System, and many more. He along with rhythm guitarist Lokassa Ya M'Bongo, drummer Arsene Kounde, vocalist Shimita El Diego and Lucien Bokilo left Paris to settle in the U.S.

ELIE KIHONIA
Elie Kihonia is the founder of Afrika Yetu and UMOJA African Arts Company. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and exposed to both traditional and neo-traditional African music and dance at an early age. He began performing at age nine with various youth choirs and in 1980 joined the international GEVAKIN Choir/The Musical Bridge. As a multi-instrumentalist who plays both African percussion and contemporary instruments, his expertise includes the xylophone, mbira, hand and set drums, keyboard, accordion and guitars. Mr. Kihonia is choreographer and expert in African dances.
While in Zaire, Mr. Kihonia developed his passion for keeping the roots of African arts alive, and he became a pioneer in intermixing traditional and neo-traditional music. In 1989, under his direction, GEVAKIN toured Africa, Europe and the United States. Seeing the need to introduce and promote Africa’s rich and diverse history, culture, and traditions through song and dance, Mr. Kihonia became a co-founder of UMOJA African Arts Company, in order to create an organization in the U.S. to unify and promote the arts of diverse African cultures. He performs, teaches, choreographs, writes, and produces multi-cultural productions internationally.
Mr. Kihonia has been associated with the Ministry of Culture and Arts in his native Democratic Republic of Congo, as the international Director of Production. He served as an artist consultant for the Museum of African Art in New York, The Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, PA, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and various Universities such as Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, La Roche College and Natal University of Durban in South Africa. Elie Kihonia was the driving force behind UMOJA African Arts Company to becoming an internationally known African dance company. Elie has collaborated with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Dance Council, the Three Rivers Arts Festival as a production consultant, and with individual artists and groups such as Miriam Makeba, Papa Wemba, Thomas Mapfumo, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Yondo Sister, Soukous Stars, Pepe Felly Manuaku, Liz Lerman Dance, David Fanshawe, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher of African Ceremonies and Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band, The Bach Choir and Dance Alloy. He also wrote music for the Pittsburgh Symphony and various performing arts organizations throughout the United States.
In 2000, Mr. Kihonia has developed as part of the new millennium, Safari, Afrika Yetu’s educational residency program and tours with the WACONGO Dance Company. Elie is currently conducting healing drum workshops with various health and Aids-related organizations such as the Mercy Behavior Health Center, Persad, Pittsburgh AIDS Task force and Citipark/Senior Citizens, the Marimba House in South Africa. In 2002, Mr. Kihonia made history in Salvador/Bahia, Brazil leading and participating with his group of 10 percussionists from various African countries, who led a parade of 600 percussionists from Brazil in the first African Carnival ever done in Brazil. In 2003, Mr. Kihonia was the Music Producer for the 2003 National Urban League Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He serves on various committee and board of national and international organizations, such as August Wilson Center, The African Roundtable, African United Fellowship, Glorious Rebirth Choir (Pittsburgh, PA), Rhapsody Revue (Atlanta, GA), Foundation Femme plus (Democratic Republic of Congo), The African Music project in Durban South Africa.
Today Mr. Kihonia is the owner of Serene Live Café and Okapi Braiding Salon.

SHIMITA EL DIEGO
Singer-composer Shimita El Diego (born Lukombo Nzambe) was influenced by such African musical pioneers as Tabu Ley Rochereau and Joseph Kabasele, and during the 1980s collaborated with some of the seminal Zairean bands in the early years of soukous, then moved to Paris as soukous took hold there. He sang in the popular band Le Grand Zaiko, co-founded the Soukous Stars, and is the lead vocalist on one of the biggest soukous hit record, Lagos Night.
Soukous is a Congolese style that combines Afro-Cuban rumba rhythms with African jazz and dance, all anchored by insistent electric guitar patterns. It is sung in a number of Congolese languages as well as Spanish.
Soukous flourished in clubs and bars in Kinshasa and quickly spread throughout Africa, then to Paris where Shimita relocated in 1988, where he and guitarist Nene Tchakou helped pioneer the African-pop music explosion in Europe. The two musicians created Affro-Muzika, where dance rhythms are the bottom line, while Shimita sings original songs in Yoruba, Fantik, Ibo, Ashanti and Swahili.

SHEGUE DI/EKUKUAN LOKUA
Born in Kinshasa, He performs Reggae Nzaki – a fusion of traditional African elements, urban sounds, reggae, spirituality and tradition along with elements of Western pop. He was raised in a community of musicians and began singing in a church at age 12. Songwriting became a way for Shegue-Di to express his emotions.
He had a taste of being in the spotlight at that early age, when he played with his friends. He started playing his first guitar at age 19, with time he gravitated toward percussion to experiment with several traditional African sounds. He created a musical fusion that led him to found EMBOWASSA with childhood friends in 1983.
After a series of success in Central Africa, they accepted an invitation to a festival in Brussels, Belgium where they recorded and released their first album Tuta Weza (Sowarex) in 1992. The following year would prove to be Shegue-Di’s year. In 1983, they became recipients of French Cultural Center award in Kinshasa, the Best Band at the Festival of Kinshasa and he won the prize of the Best Singer.
The word that describes him best is “Versatility.” He is an inescapable presence in every major facet of Afropop music since the early 90’s. His recording with EMBOWASSA helped rejuvenate the Congolese tradition of Rumba music in Congo. The experience alone made Shegue-Di a staple of “African Urban Fusion Music” on radios all over Central Africa. His song Tshanga from the album Tuta Weza was licensed by Putumayo (USA) in 1995 for the compilation The Best of World Music.
Yet his considerable success was eclipsed by his songwriting for other artists and his 10-year collaboration as a bass player, singer and percussionist with his brother, Lokua Kanza. However, the 10 years next to his talented brother had him performed at the most prestigious venues such as Olympia, Zenith, the omni-Sport Stadium of Bercy in Paris-France, Central Park in New York City, and the Festival of Montreal in Canada.
He successfully toured Africa, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Japan and the USA. His talent linked him with some of the biggest stars, Nougaro (France), Morane (Belgium) and Sara Tavarez (Portugal) Shegue-Di sings in his native Lingala & Swahili and occasionally in English and French. Playing a highly infectious music, he is constantly expending his audience and he says “worry not, life will fix it somehow, someday."

ISAAC KATALAY
Isaac Katalay was born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he spent one half of his life before moving to New York City USA in 1996, music became Isaac’s path to navigate the world. The study of musical notes or beats, especially their movements and patterns, and how they are similar to human cultures, remains his lifelong fascination.. He started with the “Mbonda” or “Ngoma” (drum) and movements (dance) at a very early stage, a fascination that led to the modern drum set, to songs, to musicals, to plays and to the guitar etc…
The cultural and social dynamism of both New York City and Kinshasa also helped moreover in his quest for sound and movements. Both places are very diverse and rich in culture. These two cities introduced Isaac to the world, and they also poured in him a deep appreciation of humanity. While he mainly represents Congolese music and culture, his style is a hybrid of various genres reflecting also in it the global culture. Through dance, movements, songs, folklores, drumming, games, devotions, music, and more importantly, through sound, he is able to tap into the dialectic space of humanity. In turn this dialect enables him to express the three forms of human struggles, which he refers to as justice: the cultural justice, the social justice and global justice.
His devotion to human causes moreover sends him leaning towards various directions. While art remains his main instrument for positive outlets, he devotes most of the other spare time in community leadership and in his intellectual development. He is currently, the technical director of a musical group in the Living Church of God’s Divine provision under the leadership of Dr. Alex M. Levry. Isaac Katalay has served as president for the African Student Associations at John Jay College of criminal justice and for the past eight years he retains a strong leadership involvement throughout CUNY Universities. The artist also has strong interest in intellectual initiatives, which promote on going debates for the future of Africa as the center of human culture.
With relentless efforts, he seeks to combine art with community outreach. In 2011 founded CONTEMPTRA, a dance class and concept that combines Congolese contemporary and traditional dances under a platform to unite communities around Congolese cultures through dances, movements, songs, drumming and aesthetics where he worked with Corinne Robledo also known as Eto “Mabina” Tsana, founder of Mabina banafrica dance company. The class, which was offered to CUNY College students and extends communities throughout New York City, aims also to uplift African and people of African descent and their cultures throughout New York City while it makes evident the contribution of Africa to humanity. Isaac’s goal is as simple as extending a smile to another fellow human being regardless of race or ethnicity.
As a performer with an eye fixated to causes of humanity and a goal to heal one heart at the time through music and leadership, Isaac Katalay embarks on a new journey, and this is after a fulfilling young musical career. Although his artistic mission remains to positively influence communities and introduce these communities to Congo’s rich culture, the embodiment of his vision lies within the name of his music band; The “Life Long Project” band. Life Long Project adapts his philosophy that “one lives until he or she dies” therefore life is a long project of survival. For the past two years this event featuring Isaac Katalay & The “Life Long Project” band in collaboration with other talented artists from various African backgrounds.
Before his new journey however Isaac has had the opportunity to accomplish tremendous things as a young artist. He got to perform at renowned art venues throughout the United States and has had the privilege to work with the best artists Congo sends out to the world. He presented at the Apollo Theater, Manhattan Center, Prospect Park summer stage, St. Nick’s Pub, the Schaumburg Library, Dickson’s place, to name the few, and in various prestigious Universities throughout the United States such Colombia University, John Jay College, Baruch College, Harvard University, Georgia Tech, University of Virginia, University of Chicago etc….
He performed alongside artists such as Richard Bona, Red Cardell, the afro groove collective, Kanda Bongo Man, Fally Ipupa, Shiko Mawatu, Lokassa ya Mbongo and Nguma Lokito (Soukous Stars Band), Shimita El Diego, Wawali Bonane (Yoka Nzenze Band), Diblo Dibala, Samba Mapangala, Bouro Mpela, Elie Kihonia, Babyy “Black” Ndombe, Felix Wazekwa, King Kester Emeneya, Malage Delugendo, Mbuta Masamba, including Congolese gospel artists such as Reno Mvumbi, Olivie Kalabasi, Joel Mbuyi, Kashi Kashala and many more… Nonetheless, the artist is still looking forward to grow, intellectually, artistically, culturally and as much humanly as possible.

KOMBA BELLOW
His role often relegates him to the background, but Paris-based veteran Congolese drummer, Komba Bellow, is a talent like no other.
He performed with heavy weigh artists worldwide including Lokua Kanza, Abeti Masikini, Groupe KEKELE, Nyboma Mwandido, Loko Massengo, Wuta Mayi, Bumba Massa Syran Mbenza, Rigo Star Bamundele, Jose Palmer (guitars); Vincent Hamandjian; Deba Sungu, Assane Mbaye (percussion); Viviane Arnoux; Jimmy Mvondo,
Also appearing: Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Patience Imbebo of Quartier Latin de Koffi Olomide, Venus La Belle.
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