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Franco Luambo Makiadi passed away on 12th Oct 1989 aged 51.
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Franco Luambo Makiadi is a member of the following lists: Former members of TPOK Jazz, People from Bas-Congo and Soukous musicians.
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51 (age at death) years
6th July, 1938
12th October, 1989
Singer, songwriter, guitarist
|Music Genre (Text)||
Soukous, Central African, African Traditions
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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