Franco|Francois Luambo Makiadi

Franco|Francois Luambo Makiadi

Franco|Francois Luambo Makiadi

François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi 6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989 was a major figure in twentieth century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is widely referred to as Franco Luambo or, simply, Franco. Known for his mastery of rumba, he was nicknamed the “Sorcerer of the Guitar” for his seemingly effortlessly fluid playing.

As a founder of the seminal group OK Jazz, he is counted as one of the originators of the modern Congolese sound.

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