Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu, better known as Tabu Ley Rochereau, was a leading African rumba singer-songwriter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the leader of Orchestre Afrisa International and one of Africa’s most influential vocalists and prolific songwriters.
Tabu Ley Rochereau’s top songs
In 1970, Tabu Ley formed Orchestre Afrisa International, Africa being a combination of Africa and Éditions Isa, his record label. Along with Franco Luambo’s TPOK Jazz, Africa was now one of Africa’s greatest bands. They recorded hits such as “Sorozo”, “Kaful Mayday”, “Aon Aon”, and “Mose Konzo”. They also performed at the Zaire 74 and are in the documentary Soul Power.
1 Hafi Deo
2 Sima Na Ngai (feat. Mbilia Bel)
3 Kaful Mayay
4 Cadence mudanda
6 Ba Gerants Ya Mabala
8 Linga Ngai
10 Marthe Maboke
Tabu Ley Rochereau awards
The Los Angeles Times dubbed “the African Elvis” Tabu Ley. After the fall of the Mobutu regime, Tabu Ley also pursued a political career. His musical career ran parallel to the other great Congolese rhumba bandleader and rival Franco Luambo Makiadi who ran the band TPOK Jazz throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and ’80s. Tabu Ley was an Honorary Knight of Senegal and an Officer of the National Order, the Republic of Chad