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|Lokua Kanza is a very talented singer-songwriter with a distinct
style of music, mainly coloured by his high-pitched voice. Having sung in church as a boy, he
studied classical guitar at the Kinshasa conservatory.
In 1984, he went to Paris, where he worked with big names in African music, such as Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango, Ray Lema, and Angelique Kidjo. In the 1990s, he started a career as a solo singer, accompanying himself on guitar and percussion. He performs with the Senegalese Julia Sarr (vocals) and Didi Ekukuan (percussion and vocals). His music is powerful and magical, with influences from folkoric music of his native Congo, as well as from Brasilian and South African music. Lokua Kanza was granted the South African Kora Award a few years ago.
Born: April 1958, Bukavu, as Pascal Lokua Kanza
Style: folk (vocal/guitar).
|Plus Vivant||2005||Yewo Music / Emarcy Records|
|Toyebi Té||2002||Emarcy Records 0168532|
|Wapi Yo||1995||RCA 7432131198-2|
|Lokua Kanza||1993||RCA/DiK Musiques LOK 01|