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Sam Mangwana - 87% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 July 1945, Kinshasa, Congo. A protégé of Tabu Ley (aka Rochereau) and Franco, vocalist and composer Mangwana is one of Zaire’s least conventional stars. He is known as Le Pigeon Voyageur, the travelling pigeon, a musician who constantly travels, side-stepping the usual stereotypes. Big stars have regular bands - Mangwana has none. They buy hotels, house Read more

Samite - 45% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
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Thione Seck - 35% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Senegal. Clarinettist, drummer and singer Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck Read more

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Oliver Mtukudzi - 33% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. Along with Thomas Mapfumo, Mtukudzi aka Tuku, and his band the Black Spirits, has played one of the most prominent roles in the modernization of traditional Zimbabwean music, mixing African-American soul with mbira and other traditional beats. He recorded his first single, ‘Pezuna’, in 1976, after which he joined the Wagon Wheels Read more

Balla Et Ses Balladins - 25% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in Guinea in 1964, the original seven-piece line-up of this government-sponsored group had previously been part of a 25-piece ensemble that split into two groups (the other being Keletigue And His Tambourinis). Led by trumpeter Balla Onivogui, the group also featured trombonist/saxophonist Pivi Moriba (Onivogui and Moriba were both teachers who had studied music in Seneg Read more

Lokua Kanza - 25% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Pascal Lokua Kanza, April 1958, Bukavu, Kivu, Zaire. Guitarist/vocalist Kanza studied at the Kinshasa Music Conservatory in his native Zaire, and in 1980 joined the band of superstar diva Abeti. The following year he relocated to the Ivory Coast where he worked as a guitar player with a number of bands, before becoming a singer in the Best Orchestra at the Hotel Ivoire in Ab Read more

Bembeya Jazz National - 23% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s
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This group was formed in Beyla, Guinea, in 1961, under the patronage of President Sekou Toure, who was keen to foster indigenous musical expression, then under threat from the wholesale importation of western rock and soul. Bembeya Jazz arguably made the biggest contribution to the thriving state of local, traditionally based dance music in Guinea, establishing themselves as on Read more

Baaba Maal - 19% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Issa Bagayogo - 18% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Korin, Mali. Converging the traditional sounds of griot and western dance music, Bagayogo has been nicknamed ‘Techno Issa’ in his home country. The singer-songwriter began singing and playing the kamelégoni (a six-stringed harp, traditionally associated with hunters in the Wassoulou region) and the daro (a metal bell) while working on the family farm. Read more

Oumou Sangare - 18% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1968, Bamako, Mali. One of the new generation of female voices in Malian music, Sangaré made her first public appearance at the age of six at the Omnisports Stadium Hall in Bamako, encouraged by her mother, a sogoninkun singer who performed at weddings and rituals. She continued to sing through the rest of her adolescence and in 1986 she was recruited to the Malian tr Read more

Vusi Mahlasela - 16% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane, 1965, Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most distinctive voices in South African music, Mahlasela carried the torch for his country in Europe and North America at a time when he was relatively unfêted at home.Growing up in Mamelodi township, Mahlasela began singing and playing home-made guitar at Read more

King Sunny Ade - 13% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sunday Adeniyi, 1 September 1946, Oshogbo, Nigeria. When Ade dropped out of school in 1963 in order to play with semi-professional Lagos juju bands, his parents - from the royal family of Ondo - were horrified. In Nigeria, as in much of Africa, music was regarded by ‘respectable’ people as a very low-caste occupation. Ade’s subsequent national and internationa Read more

Ba Cissoko - 12% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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1967, Koundara, Guinea. His father played kora with Ballet Djoliba, which he co-founded. Prompted by his uncle, griot master M'Bady Kouyaté, with whom he toured neighbouring countries, Cissoko also took up kora, a harp-like instrument. In the early 90s, he settled in Conakry, Guinea's capital, attending the National Children's Theatre; later, joining Kouyaté's Read more

Kandia Kouyate - 12% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1958, Kita, Mali. With origins in a highly musical family, Kouyaté became a distinctive solo artist in her own right from the mid-80s onwards. Her main attribute has always been a voice which can convey both beauty and strength in equal measure, and when matched with appropriate material, the results can be spectacular. Her professional career began with the Mali Nati Read more

Lucky Dube - 12% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1964, Ermelo, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, d. 18 October 2007, Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa. The most successful African reggae artist of all time, Lucky Dube (pronounced Doobay) took his Peter Tosh -influenced music further than his hero himself managed.Guitarist-vocalist Dube formed his first group, a mbqanga combo entitled Read more


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