Jean Bosco Mwenda
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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... Read more

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