Odemba

odemba-3Congo’s finest Odemba OK Jazz All Stars – keeping the music and spirit of Franco and OK Jazz alive!

Led and conducted by guitarist and living legend ‘Dizzy Mandjeku’ who was an original member of Franco’s OK Jazz, this magnificent 12 piece band are the original exponents of smooth big band ‘Franco style’ Congolese Rumba. Other greats in the All-Star line up include Malage De Lugendo, Nana and Baniel, Dele Pedro, and veteran Seigneur Lokombe all of whom are legends in their own right.

Although this form of music was at its height in the 60s and 70s it is anything but old fashioned. In fact the music is so dominated by driving bass lines, amazing horn sections, powerful voices, and melodic guitar rifts that it appeals to all people of all ages and most of all it makes people dance like they have never danced before!

The official CD to accompany the ‘Spirit of Franco’ Odemba tour is the top selling CD Francophonic. Volume 1 is available from Sterns music now, and volume 2 featuring ‘Dizzy Mandjeku’ and other Musicians from Odemba OK Jazz All Stars will follow in September. These albums are a must have for all lovers of African music!

Before Youssou N’Dour, beyond Fela Kuti, and up there with Miriam Makeba; for Africa and Africans only Franco can truly be called “The Greatest”.

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Highlights from the Odemba OK Jazz All Stars tour


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