About Dizzy Mandjeku

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About Dizzy Mandjeku

In the Congolese rumba movement, the guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku is considered a living legend. Before he became a member of the renowned Orchestre OK Jazz, directed by Franco Luambo Makiadi in the 60’s and 70’s, Dizzy had already formed numerous bands in his home country.

After Franco’s passing, Dizzy took over the lead of the band and became an indispensable part of the Congolese musical society, standing side by side with Papa Noël, Papa Wemba, Tshala Muana andVerckys. Under the artistic direction of Dizzy, the Orchestre African All Stars International released three albums, each considered true soukous monuments.

At a later stage, when Dizzy had moved to Brussels, he founded Odemba OK All Stars, preserving the unique sound of the traditional Congolese rumba. More recently, Dizzy collaborated with singers likeWaldemar Bastos, Sam Mangwana, Zap Mama, Milow, Baloji and Stromae.

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