|Tags:||african soukous congo world congolese africa sam mangwana zaire|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
18 July 1945, Kinshasa, Congo. A protégé of Tabu Ley (aka Rochereau) and Franco, vocalist and composer Mangwana is one of Zaires 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, houses, clubs - Mangwana places no value on them. In Zaire, he stays with friends. His career has provoked controversy, rumour and violence - plus a new Zairean style that mixes the rumba with beguine to ferment a distinctive Afro-Antillean mixture. He started his career with a five-year stint with Rochereaus Africa Fiesta, before leaving for LOrchestre Maquisards. In 1969, after several hits, including Zelangaina Sala, the band folded. Mangwana formed Vox Afrique, with Dalienst, then went solo, working as musical director and arranger for Rochereau, standing in for him during...