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August 12, 2017Music
Diblo Dibala moved to Kinshasa at the age of 15 years and joined the legendary Franco’s TPOK Jazz group. Dibala mastered his guitar chops performing with top bands such as Vox Africa, Orchestre Bella Mambo and Bella Bella. In 1981 Dibala moved to Paris, where the soukous music scene was a happening thing. This upbeat music, with its genial voices and mesmerizing guitars, filled dance floors around the globe for much of the following decade.
He joined Kanda Bongo Man and became the most sought-after session guitarist in Paris, working with Pepe Kalle and numerous top soukous musicians. Dibala’s success led to the formation of his band, Loketo, featuring the gifted vocalist Aurlus Mabele. In 1990 Dibala left Loketo to form Matchatcha. His scorching guitar leads are featured on recordings by leading artists throughout the golden age of soukous music. In many songs you can hear them calling out “Diblo” when the guitar solo time comes around.