Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Diblo Dibala, often known simply as Diblo, is a Congolese soukous musician,known as "Machine Gun" for his speed and skill on the guitar. He was born in 1954 in Kisangani. He moved to Kinshasa as a child, and aged 15 won a talent competition which led to him playing guitar in Franco's TPOK band. Dibala remained with the group for only a short period, going on to play with Vox Africa, Orchestra Bella Mambo and Bella Bella, in which band he first played with Kanda Bongo Man. In 1979, he moved to Brussels, and in 1981 he joined Kanda Bongo Man's band in Paris. Their first album, Iyole (1981), was a success. Diblo became a sought after session guitarist, working with Pepe Kalle and many other soukous musicians. In the mid 1980s, he formed his own band, Loketo (meaning 'hips'), with singer Aurlus Mabele. A few years later, that band broke up, and in 1990 he formed a new group, Matchatcha, which is still active. Dibala continues to perform in the United States. Over the summer he performed at several venues including The Shrine in July. (information taken from Diblo Dibala's Wikipedia page) Host, Guy Angrand, had the pleasure of meeting Diblo Dibala at one of his shows this summer. He hopes to interview him soon. Until then listen to the episode of Tambour d'Afrique posted on July 29th where Guy plays several selections from Diblo Dibala's repertoire in a special dedicated to him.