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Tabu Ley Rochereau

Tabu Ley Rochereau (born Tabu Ley) is one of Africa's most influential vocalists and one of its most prolific songwriters. Since making his professional debut, in 1954, as a member of Joseph "Grand Kalle" Kabasele's band, African Jazz, Rochereau has written more than two thousand songs. Together with his band, Orchestre Afrisa International, which he formed in 1970, Rochereau has continued to play a major role in the shift from Congolese, Cuban, and Caribbean rumba to faster-paced soukous. Describing the musical approach of Rochereau and Orchestre Afrisa International, Wired World.3: The Global Netcast (http://www.hotwired.lycos.com) wrote, the group's "high-octane soukous continues to move audiences all over the world by weaving together elements of Zairean folk music such as the lokole (log drum), the soul and drive of R&B, Latin syncopation, digital percussion and synthesizers, silken harmonies, and the crystalline guitar stylings of Tabu Ley's longtime collaborator Huit-Kilos Bimwela Nseka, into a sophisticatedly sensual, irresistibly danceable, true world music." While he received the honorary title of "Knight" from Seenegal, Rochereau was named Officer of the National Order by the Republic of Chad. A member of the Bayanzi people of Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Rochereau first attracted attention when he won a singing contest at the Kinshasa Stadium. Recruited to sing lead for Africa Jazz, he remained with the group until 1963 when he and guitarist Dr. Nico formed their own group, African Fiesta. Two years later, Rochereau and Dr. Nico split over artistic differences with Rochereau forming African Fiesta National also known as African Fiesta Flash. With Rochereau at the helm, the group became one of the most successful bands in African history, surpassing record sales of one million copies by 1970. Papa Wemba and Sam Mangwana were among the many influential African musicians that passed through the group. In the mid-'70s, African Fiesta National evolved into the larger group, Orchestre Afrisa International. Rochereau emigrated to the United States in the early '90s. He continues to reside in Southern California. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Voice Of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977

Disc 1

2. K.J.

4. Pesa Le Tout

5. Nalembi Nalembi

6. N'daya Paradis

7. Tabalissimo

8. Mama Ida

9. Mireille Mwana

10. Mokolo Nakokufa

11. Savon Omo

12. Lily Mwana Ya Quartier

13. Kasala

14. Monano

15. Ana Mokoy

16. Mokitani Ya Wendo

17. Christine

18. Songo + Songo = Songi-Songi

Disc 2

1. Aon Aon

2. Kimakango Mpe Libala

3. Mongali

4. Omanga

5. Nzale

6. Kaful Mayay

7. Karibou Ya Bintou

8. Mbanda Nayei

9. Adeito

10. Yombe

11. Likambo Ya Mokanda

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Track List: Classic Titles

1. Kaluf Mayay

2. Karibou Ya Bintou

3. Kimakango Mpe Libala

4. Pitie

5. Mymy Ley

6. Marie Clara

7. Micheline

8. Joujou Zena

9. Marie-Lou

10. Leki Ya Mongali

11. Bel Adigjan

12. Hortense

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Track List: 1968-1969-1970

1. Kassoule (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

2. Marie Jea (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

3. Sophie Elodie (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

4. Binelita (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

5. Samanbi (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

6. Mwasi Abongi Na Libala (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

7. Amour Fou (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

8. Mwana Ya Vangu (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

9. Lunina (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

10. Monano (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

11. Likala Ya Moto (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

12. Rendez - Vous Chez Labas (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

13. Mokitani Ya Wendo (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

14. L'age De L'amour (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

15. Connaissance Koyebana (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

16. Libala Ya 8 Heures De Temps (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

17. Marie Clara (Feat. L'African Fiesta National & Sam Mangwana)

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Track List: The Voice Of Lightness Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. Ekeseni

2. Mere Ando

3. Ponce Pilate

4. Monument

5. Ohambe

6. Ma Nono

7. Tanga Tanga

8. Monsieur Malonga

Disc 2

1. Kabasele In Memoriam

2. Lisanga Ya Banganga

3. Michelle Marina

4. Loyenghe

5. Sarah

6. Tu As Dit Que...

7. Sacramento

8. Exil-Ley

9. Le Glas A Sonne

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Unfortunatel y , T a b u Ley passed away in 2013.R.I.P.
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Fantastic memories of home, wonderful years of my youth. Thank God regardless of age we are still invited to parties.
Music and dance have no boundaries.
Still dancing!!!
By the way where is BECOUP (?) of RYCO JAZZ??
Thanks for the wonderful memories
PANDORA!!
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DR. IZUNDU

Best music from our land, Africa. Romantic and easy to dance.My respect for Tabu Ley Rochereau. I listen to it everyday.
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This Tabuley music makes any party very romantic. There rumba approach, dancing arm to arm, chest to chest with your loveliest companion will make you remember and treasure every step of the dance. Bravo Tabu. ...
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I have just created 5 african artists'stat i o n s on this cool thing pandora. Boubacar Traore, Rokia Traore, Baaba Maal, Tabu Ley. This liitle boy from Blacktown, Sydney, Australia loves african music....art i s t s new to me keep rolling on every station. Pandora is exo to the max. Good fro doing housework.
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Music that moves every soul!! It simply is superlative.
bpk
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Wow! I can't believe It that I'm listing to tabu ley and Franco by pandora ,
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Its very nice beautiful sounds. Wish it was some English and Spanish . Sounds are marv marvelous
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jgwilsonw
Makes life worth living...Mer c i , Grand.
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Very beautiful music. Makes me feel like I am back there.
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Great voice. We the like today.
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love it.
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with a voice like that, who needs honey?!
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Great memoirs-leta leta wewe wacha tu mazeeeeee

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