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Congo Colossus: Life and Legacy of Franco and OK Jazz

by Graeme Evans
£12.95   paperback  Buku Press (1994)

Congo Colossus: Life and Legacy of Franco and OK Jazz by Graeme Evans Franco Luambo Makiadi, the Zairean guitarist, composer and band leader, was a truly legendary figure. In a 40 year career the boy from the Congo grew to become one of the best-known, most loved and most controversial personalities in Africa. A dynamic guitar stylist, Franco was also a fearless satirist, lavish praise singer and witty social commentator, whose declared mission was to 'provoke, disturb and tell the truth'. But his career was coloured by conflict, controversy and gossip, which implicated him in sorcery, drugs-trafficking, political intrigue and more. Congo Colossus tells the remarkable story of Franco's life, from a precocious guitar-playing street kid in Kinshasa to cultural figurehead of one of the largest countries in Africa. It explores the important lyrical content of some prime songs from the OK Jazz repertoire of 3000 compositions, features an extensive discography.

ISBN 13: 9780952365518 | ISBN 10: 0952365510