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date: 01 October 2020

Masengo, Edouard locked

(1933–2003), musician,
  • Jeremy Rich


was born in the town of Kafubu, located about fifteen kilometers away from Lubumbashi, the capital of the province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His parents’ names and occupations are not recorded, but they moved with Masengo to the Kenyan neighborhood of Lubumbashi when he was a boy. A Roman Catholic, Masengo performed with the Saint Jean choir in the Kamalondo neighborhood, which was one of the most celebrated choirs in Katanga in the 1940s. He was introduced to the guitar by his older cousin Jean-Bosco Mwenda, and the two began to perform together. In 1950 Masengo joined the eleven man dramatic and music troupe Jecoke Jeunes Comiques de Kenya which rapidly cultivated a large following in Katanga Masengo and his colleagues were following a trend that had spread from neighboring Zambia in which soccer competitions in the Copperbelt region of southern Katanga and ...

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