Henri Bowane

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        Guitarist Henri Bowane played an essential role in the development of Congolese rhumba in the 1950s. The resident bandleader and arranger at Loningisa Studios in Kinshasa (then Leopoldville), he provided Franco Luambo Makiadi with his first job as a musician. Combining a guitar style rooted in the folklore and zebola rhythms of the Mongo people and the Latin-American music he heard in the city, Bowane created a sound that blended the poly-rhythms of highlife and the melodic guit... Read more

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