Kinshasa to mark Madilu System’s ninth anniversary

Madilu Bialu System will mark the ninth anniversary of his death next Thursday. Madilu's voice graces some of the biggest hits from Franco’s TP OK Jazz Band’s last years. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Madilu was seen as a star given a free chance to excel as the lead vocalist by Franco himself. He burst into the limelight with the sensational love ballad Libala Non, released in 1983. It was a commentary on marriage that brought out Franco as a major conveyor of wisdom on social
  • On this album, he sang in praise of Fabrice, a supermarket chain (magazin monene) and also singled out a Belgian tailor in the song Mokolo Tonga, who was quite popular with the fashion-conscious Congolese musicians.

Fans of DR Congo’s mercurial singer Madilu Bialu System will mark the ninth anniversary of his death next Thursday.

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