Charles Malonga

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Malonga first played in his school band at age nine. He joined Renove Jazz in 1958 and then became vocalist and guitarist for the more traditional band Madi Badio. He moved from Gabon to Burkina Faso…
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Malonga first played in his school band at age nine. He joined Renove Jazz in 1958 and then became vocalist and guitarist for the more traditional band Madi Badio. He moved from Gabon to Burkina Faso in 1977, playing with several local bands, the most successful of which was Les Quatres Black Brothers. He released his first solo album in 1990.