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Kanda Bongo Man

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Soukous musician Kanda Bongo Man became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by leading African rumba musician Tabu Ley.

His solo career only started to take off after moving to Paris in 1979, where his music started to incorporate elements of then vibrant zouk music popularized by Caribbean legends Kassav.

He’s known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music; while the previous approach was to sing several verses and have one guitar solo at the end of the song, Kanda revolutionized the genre by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His live shows belie his 61 years!

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