b. Pablo Lubadika Porthos, 1952, Inongo, Zaire. Vocalist and guitarist Pablo first came to the attention of European African music enthusiasts in the early 80s, following the release of Island Records’ soukous compilation album, Sound D’Afrique, and the tracks ‘Mbanda’ and ‘Madeleina’. By this time, he was already a major star in Zaire, having worked during the 70s with such bands as Orchestre Kara, Kim Bantous and Lovy Du Zaire. He was also featured on Sam Mangwana’s first major hit, ‘Georgette Eckins’. Having been invited to join Les Quatre Etoiles in 1984, he declined, preferring to pursue a solo career as a vocalist, and a session career as a guitarist. His first UK release was Pablo Pablo Pablo in 1985, but afterwards he would concentrate almost exclusively on session work in Paris.
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