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Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu (13 November 1937 or 1940 – 30 November 2013), better known as Tabu Ley Rochereau, was a leading African rumba singer-songwriter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the leader of Orchestre Afrisa International, as well as one of Africa's most influential vocalists and prolific songwriters. Along with guitarist Dr Nico Kasanda, Tabu Ley pioneered soukous (African rumba) and internationalised his music by fusing elements of Congolese folk music with Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American rumba. He has been described as "the Congolese personality who, along with [the dictator] Mobutu, [most] marked Africa's 20th century history." He was dubbed "the African Elvis" by the Los Angeles Times. After the fall of the Mobutu regime, Tabu Ley also pursued a political career.

During his career, Tabu Ley composed up to 3,000 songs and produced 250 albums.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Contra Ma Volonté Tabu Ley Rochereau & M'bilia Bel 1
1989 Babeti Soukous Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
1991 Omona Wapi Franco & Rochereau 1
1991 Man From Kinshasa Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
1994 L'African Fiesta, Volume 1 (1962-1963) Dr. Nico, Tabu Ley Rochereau & Roger 1
1994 Muzina (Congolese rhumba artist) Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
1996 Africa Worldwide Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
1996 Africa Worldwide: 35th Anniversary Album Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
1998 Kebo Beat Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
Heart Of Zaire Tabu Ley Rochereau 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Volume 1: Ekeseni, 1977-78-79-80 Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
2007 The Voice of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977 Tabu Ley Rochereau 1
2010 The Voice of Lightness, Volume 2 Tabu Ley Rochereau 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Tabu Ley Rochereau 1

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