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Tabu Ley Rochereau


Tabu Ley Rochereau (given birth to Tabu Ley) is among Africa’s most influential vocalists and something of its most prolific songwriters. Since producing his professional debut, in 1954, as an associate of Joseph “Grand Kalle” Kabasele’s music group, African Jazz, Rochereau offers written a lot more than two thousand tracks. Regarding his music group, Orchestre Afrisa International, which he shaped in 1970, Rochereau offers continued to try out a major part in the change from Congolese, Cuban, and Caribbean rumba to faster-paced soukous. Explaining the musical strategy of Rochereau and Orchestre Afrisa International, Wired Globe.3: The Global Netcast (http://www.hotwired.lycos.com) wrote, the group’s “high-octane soukous continues to go audiences all around the globe by weaving together components of Zairean folk music like the lokole (log drum), the spirit and travel of R&B, Latin syncopation, digital percussion and synthesizers, silken harmonies, as well as the crystalline acoustic guitar stylings of Tabu Ley’s longtime collaborator Huit-Kilos Bimwela Nseka, right into a sophisticatedly sensual, irresistibly danceable, true globe music.” While he received the honorary name of “Knight” from Seenegal, Rochereau was called Officer from the Country wide Order from the Republic of Chad. An associate from the Bayanzi folks of Zaire (Democratic Republic from the Congo), Rochereau 1st attracted interest when he earned a singing competition in the Kinshasa Stadium. Recruited to sing business lead for Africa Jazz, he continued to be using the group until 1963 when he and guitarist Dr. Nico shaped their very own group, African Fiesta. 2 yrs later on, Rochereau and Dr. Nico break up over artistic variations with Rochereau developing African Fiesta Country wide also called African Fiesta Display. With Rochereau on the helm, the group became perhaps one of the most effective rings in African background, surpassing record product sales of 1 million copies by 1970. Papa Wemba and Sam Mangwana had been at influential African music artists that transferred through the group. Within the middle-’70s, African Fiesta Country wide evolved in to the bigger group, Orchestre Afrisa International. Rochereau emigrated to america in the first ’90s. He proceeds to reside in in Southern California.

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Full Name Tabu Ley Rochereau
Died November 30, 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Profession Singer
Nationality Congolese
Children Youssoupha, Melody Bel Ley
Music Groups African Fiesta, Africando
Music Songs Kaful Mayay, Mokolo Nakokufa, Muzina, Mongali, Savon Omo, Kimakango mpe Libala, Nzale, Tabalissimo, Pitié, Lisanga Ya Ba Nganga, Adeito, Mokitani Ya Wendo, Shawuri Yako, Karibou Ya Bintou, Seli Ja, Lily Mwana ya Quartier, Ana Mokoy, Exil Ley, Mymy Ley, Monano, Yombe, Mireille Mwana, Mama Ida, Ekeseni, Marie Clara, Chacun pour soi, Tu as Dit Que, Ibeba, Congo avenir, Emande, African Fiesta, Afrika Mokili Mobimba
Albums Karibou Ya Bintou (1972-1975), 1971 / 1977, Merveilles du passé (feat. Nico, Kwamy), Africa Worldwide, Babeti Soukous, Contre ma volonté, Omona Wapi, Boya Yé / Ba Gerants Ya Mabala, Sarah / Nadina, Les années 70, 1971-1972-1973, Tête nakozonga (1972 / 1973), Man From Kinshasa, Seigneur Ley On Tour, Kebo Beat, Grand Maître Franco & Seigneur Rochereau : Lisanga Ya Banganga, Maria Chantal, Jolie Elie, Muzina, Tempelo, L'Evenement! Rochereau Et Franco A Paris, Balle a Terre, Musique Instrumentale, Varietes Internationales, Vol. 2, Evvi Presente "Le Seigneur" Rochereau: Maze, Exil-Ley, Musique Instrumentale, Varietes Internationales, Vol. 1, Rochereau à Abidjan, vol. 2 (feat. L'Afrisa International), Instrumentals Vol.1, Rochereau and L'african Fiesta National (1966-1969), Karibou, Keyna / Contre ma volonté, The Voice Of Lightness, L'intégral de l'Olympia (Live), Mwasi Ya Bangando, Vol. 1, 33 ans: 1959 - 1992 (Live), Les Milleurs Souvenirs DE Lipopo Vol II, Sorozo: 1977 / 1978, Kaful Mayay: 1973 / 1974 / 1975, Maria Chantal (feat. Nico, Mujos, L'African Fiesta), A l'Olympia (Paris, 1970) [Live], Sangana (feat. L'African Fiesta), Belle époque, vol. 1 (feat. L'African Fiesta National), Ndaya paradis (feat. Nico, Mujos, L'African Fiesta) [1962 / 1963 / 1964], 1968 / 1969, Nelson Mandela, Belle époque, vol. 3 (feat. Sam Mangwana, L'African Fiesta National), Mwasi Ya Bangando, Vol. 2, Sacramento, Kaful Mayay, Baby Pancake, Rochereau and L'african Fiesta National (1968-1969)
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1 He went into exile during Mobutu Sese Seko's regime, and returned after his overthrow in 1997.
2 He was a popular singer and song-writer in Africa. He was a pioneer of Congolese rumba, known as soukous.



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