Tabu Ley Rochereau - Congolese Singer Tabu Ley Rochereau Dies

Congolese singer Tabu Ley Rochereau has died.

Rochereau, born Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu, passed away on 30 November (13) in Brussels, Belgium, where he had been undergoing treatment for a stroke he suffered in 2008.

Reports surrounding his age differ, but editors at Los Angeles Times state he was 73 at the time of his death.

The singer rose to fame in 1959, when he teamed up with African Jazz to record his first hit recording, Kelya.

He quit the band in 1963 and went on to form African Fiesta Flash, which became one of the most successful bands in the nation's history.

By 1970, the group had sold over a million copies of their records and they enjoyed hits with songs like Afrika Mokili Mobimba.

The musician would go on to form Orchestre Afrisa International in 1970, and, by 1990, he began to record songs with English lyrics for a broader appeal.

He was also very active in politics, taking on various government roles in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, such as cabinet minister, Vice-Governor and provincial minister of culture.


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