Franco Luambo Makiadi

Franco Luambo Makiadi
1938 - 1989

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Franco Luambo Makiadi passed away on 12th Oct 1989 aged 51.


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First Name Franco
Middle Name Luambo
Last Name Makiadi
Alternative Name Franco
Age 51 (age at death) years
Birthday 6th July, 1938
Died 12th October, 1989
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Occupation Text Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Music Genre (Text) Rumba
Music Genre International
Year(s) Active 1950-1980s
Music Style Soukous, Central African, African Traditions
Instrument Guitar, Vocals
Instrument (text) Guitar, Vocals
Associated Acts OK Jazz, TPOK Jazz

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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