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Jeff Kavanda is a singer and percussionist who lives in Belgium since 1994. As so many
Congolese artists, he started singing in choirs. In Kinshasa, he performed as a singer in various bands, such as
Laviniora, Defao's Big Star, Inama Mouzindo and Bobongo Star. After his arrival in Brussels,
he continued and sung with Promuzika, Afro-Soukous, Nabindibo, Zap Mama and even
Zaiko Langa Langa.
He also gave masterclasses in percussion and polyphonic singing, before he decided to create his own band, Lisano Ya Mbonda (playing the drums) in June 2000. The band, composed of musicians from Congo, Nigeria, Ghana and Belgium, offers a broad spectrum and afro-cuban, with influences from Central African and West African music as well as reggae and rap. The rhythmic foundation of his music is laid down by the balafon and various percussion instruments such as the congas, djembe, bongos, berimbo, darbouka and also the likembe. Modern instruments like guitar, bass, clarinet, piano and violin are added. The music is, unlike modern Congolese dance music from bands of the Wenge generation, inspired by traditional rhythms as well as influences from other countries. This makes Jeff Kavanda different from most fellow Congolese musicians.
A first album,
Take also a look at Jeff Kavanda's website at www.jeffkavanda.be.
Born: 23 January 1974, in Kinshasa
Style: world music, afro-latin, soukous, rumba, reggae.
|Tam-tams d'exil||2008||Jeff Kavanda|
|Tala Na Sima (Le chemin parcouru-El camino recorrido)||2004||Galerie Marc Dengis GMD A 02|
|Le goût de la vie||2001||Galerie Marc Dengis|