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Lokua Kanza
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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).

album cover 'Toyebi Té'
Discography:


Title Year Label Remarks
Nkolo 2010 World Village
Plus Vivant 2005 Yewo Music / Emarcy Records
Toyebi Té 2002 Emarcy Records 0168532
3 1998 RCA
Wapi Yo 1995 RCA 7432131198-2
Lokua Kanza 1993 RCA/DiK Musiques LOK 01



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