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Joseph Kabasele

Joseph Kabasele helped to spark the rise of contemporary Zairean music.The founder and leader of African Jazz, a band that introduced guitarist Dr. Nico, vocalist Tabu Ley Rocherau and saxophonist Manu DiBango, Kabasele continues to be known as, “Le Gran Kalle” and “the daddy of rumba”. Within an interview, soon after Kabasele’s loss of life in 1983, important Zairean musician Franco Luambo Makiadi stated, “(Kabasele) was the creator of Zairean music and, although we had been in competition, he produced many things easy for me.” Mostly of the Zairean musicians to become educated towards the supplementary level, Kabasele produced his musical debut as an associate of Georges Doula’s music group. Developing African Jazz in 1953, Kabasele led the music group towards international acknowledgement. In January 1960, Kabasele and African Jazz journeyed to Brussels, along with Belgian Congo delegates, to execute in the historic “Circular Table” conference. Probably the most effective of Kabasele’s many compositions had been “Le Desk Ronde,” created for the meeting, and “Independance Cha Cha,” consequently adapted like a celebratory anthem by African countries attaining independance. Although African Jazz reached its maximum in the mid-1960s, using the departure of Dr. Nico, Rocherau and DiBango, the music group continued to execute until 1970 and became the 1st Congolese music group to record in European countries.

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