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How the Sorcerer of the Guitar Franco Luambo Makiadi Crowned Rhumba Music Charts for Three Decades

For more than three decades, Franco Luambo Makiadi was the most renowned and influential musician in Africa.

His dominance on the music charts was evident all over Africa, with almost 150 albums to his credit, most of which topped the charts.

Despite having a limited formal education, Franco was an artistic genius and a social commentator. His songs touched on a wide range of topics affecting Congolese and Africans at large, from praising individuals to denouncing those whose behavior he found disagreeable. His lyrics were considered gospel by most Congolese people, and they often landed him in trouble with the authorities, resulting in two jail stints.

Known as “The sorcerer of the guitar” for his exceptional guitar skills, Franco was also renowned for his ability as a bandleader and organizer, earning him several nicknames and titles, including “Le Grande Maitre.” Even with the departure of influential band members, Franco’s band remained the most influential on the continent for over 30 years.

More than a decade after his death, Franco’s music remains popular among Congolese and Africans, a testament to its quality. His music has transcended generations, making it possible for parents and their children to enjoy it. Franco released over 150 albums, many of which are still best sellers.

Franco was born Francois Luambo Makiadi on July 6, 1938, in the village of Sona-Bata, in the Bas Zaire region. He began his musical career at the age of seven, playing the guitar to attract customers to his mother’s market stall. Guitarist Paul Ebengo Dewayon discovered Franco’s talent and taught him the subtleties of guitar playing. At the age of 12, Franco made his professional debut in Dewayon’s Watam band.

In 1956, Franco formed the band OK Jazz with Jean Serge Essous, which was later renamed TPOK Jazz when Essous left. Franco took over as the band leader, and it grew from six members to over 50 members 30 years later. He recorded prolifically and performed for audiences worldwide while maintaining a distinct style. Franco had several marriages that resulted in 18 children, 17 of whom were girls.

Franco died on October 12, 1989, leaving behind a massive legacy. Even today, decades after his passing, Franco and TP OK Jazz’s music remains popular based on CD sales and radio play.

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