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Album Review

Bosco has been a legend ever since acoustic guitarists discovered the instrumental version of his 1952 "Masanga." Though he recorded 150 sides in the following decade, almost nothing is available except these 1988 studio sides, which trade the mellowness of middle-age for youthful zip without losing any of their charm. And, yes, there's an instrumental "Masanga." ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: Shaba, Zaire

Genre: World

Years Active:

b. c. 1929, Shaba, Zaire, d. 1991. This legendary acoustic guitarist was in part responsible for the first wave of Zairean musical ‘authenticité’ in the 40s, turning his back on lucrative engagements in nightclubs catering to the European élite and concentrating instead on reviving African audiences’ pride in their own roots music. He was discovered by South African musicologist Hugh Tracey in 1951, who recorded Bosco in his hotel room. During the 50s a prolific amount of Bosco’s material was released...
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Mwenda wa Bayeke, Jean 'Bosco' Mwenda
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1995

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