Music and dance: Singer / aut.

Author:  Makeba (Miriam)
Origin:  South Africa

Biography:  Miriam Makeba was born on March 4, 1932 in Johannesburg. In 1947, after the Bantu Education Act, which banned all non-white people from school after 16 years, she joined the group Cuban Brothers in Johannesburg, then the Manhattan Brothers, then the African Jazz and Variety in 1959 where she met the trumpet player Hugh Masekela, whom she will marry five years later.
The same year she went to the USA where she sang at Madison Square Garden in front of President Kennedy. When she wants to return home in 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre, she is repressed. His exile will last thirty years.
She is nicknamed Mama Africa after her vibrant speech about her country at the United Nations. When she remarried in 1968 with Carmichael, leader of the Black Panthers, pursued by the FBI, she took refuge in Guinea. She returned to her home country in the late 1980s.

Discography:

  • Call to Africa, Sonodisc CD SLP 22
  • Promised
  • Eyes on tomorow, Polydor CD 849313-2
  • Homeland, Putumayo CD PUTU164-2
  • I Shall Sing, Esperance Records
  • Kilimanjaro, Sonodisc CD 5563
  • In public in Paris and Conakry, Sonodisc CDS 8818
  • Live at the Palace of Conakry, Sonodisc CD CD 8470
  • PataPata
  • Sangoma, WEA CD LC 0392
  • Welela, Philips CD 838208-2
  • The click song
Author:  Wemba (Papa)
Origin:  DRC

Biography:  Papa Wemba was born in Kasaï, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) in 1949.
His mother was a professional mourner in the funeral evenings or funeral evenings. By regularly training her son with her, she introduced him to music and singing.
He had his first success in 1970 in Kinshasa, where he was singer, composer and co-founder of the Zaïko Langa Langa group. The group quickly became the figurehead of a generation of young Zairians who found the traditional rumba on which Africa has been dancing since the 1950s a little too slow and outmoded. But with the arrival of rock, the rhythms have accelerated. Zaïko Langa Langa then seeks to revitalize and renew the nonchalant rumba in vogue. Success is immediate. Soon, Papa Wemba becomes a star and dominates his group.
In 1974 he created his own group Isife Lokole, and in 1976 he created Viva La Musica, composed of about fifteen musicians.
Around 1979, he sang a few months in Afrisa International orchestra of Tabu Ley, another Zairean star with whom Papa Wemba had already worked in the late 60s.
In the hope of gaining a larger audience and to benefit from more material he went to Paris in the early 80s and since then he has been divided between France and the DRC.
Papa Wemba is also a fan of SAPE, the Society of Ambiancers and Elegant People. Born in the Congo at the end of the 1970s, this movement is gaining momentum abroad and especially in France. The SAPE is a phenomenon first clothing based on a flamboyant and exaggerated elegance.

Discography:

  • 2001 Bakala dia Kuba
  • 1999 M’zee Fula-Ngenge, Sono CDS 8836
  • 1998 Viva La Musica / vol.1, CD 700892
  • 1998 Viva La Musica / vol.2, CD 700882
  • 1998 Viva La Musica, vol. 1 (1977-1978), Ngoyarto NG026
  • 1997 Viva La Musica / New Writing, Sonodisc CDS 8828
  • 1996 Ndako ya ndele, Sonodisc CD CDS7007
  • 1996 Wake up, Sonodisc CD CDS8817
  • 1995 Emotion, Realworld CD RW52
  • 1995 Pole Position, Sonodisc CD CDS 8815
  • 1994 Foridoles, Sonodisc CD CD 72424
  • 1992 The Traveler, Realworld CD RW20
  • 1988 M’fono yami, Celluloid CD 668752
  • Molokai, Realworld
  • New generation
  • Mokili ngele, LP [DSK1M]
  • Love kilawu, Sonodisc CD CD8438
  • Mokili Mercy, Sonodisc
Bibliography:
Official website http://www.papawemba.net/