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Until 2007, Shiko Mawatu was only known among Congolese rumba afficionados as he has a long
record of working with several great names of this genre, without having a discography in his own name to show for.
He grew up in a musical family, as his father played accordeon, and his two brothers Bunda Mawatu and
Rocky Lisasu were both singers in Simba Band. Still in his teens, he started composing for
producer, musician and Veve band leader Verckys Kiamuangana and he formed his first band Le Paty – Bana Ngenge.
Around 1979, Shiko Mawatu discovers a young singer Jeanne Vonga Aye, and with saxophonist Empopo Loway they formed a new band. Two years later, they were invited to perform in Paris and they recorded their second album
In the mid-eighties, he returned to Zaïre, where he discovered singer Malage de Lugendo, and he is also said to have been involved in Deese Mukangi's career start. In 1990, he returned to Europe. After a few musical experiments, he joins Soukous Stars in 2000, thus joining artists like Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Canta Nyboma, Shimita Diego and Ngouma Lokito. He became their lead guitar player.
In 2007, he finally released his forst solo album,
|Kimbanda Nzila||2007||iMAK Entertainment/Tabilulu Productions||CD & DVD|