One of the most important members of Franco's legendary OK Jazz band, guitarist Papa Noel's quick-fingered virtuosity and light, airy touch made him a major figure in the music of Zaire (later the Democratic Republic of Congo). Born Noel Nedule circa 1941, Papa Noel grew up in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo (the country adjacent to what became Zaire), and learned to play the guitar by copying the Afro-Cuban-derived rumba music that was becoming popular in the region. In 1957, at the age of 16, Noel made his first record with future rumba legends Orchestre Bantou (aka Les Bantous de la Capitale). In the early '60s, he replaced virtuoso guitarist Dr. Nico in Orchestra African Jazz (aka African Jazz), honing his chops with some of the best Congolese rumba players of all time. During the '70s, rumba king Franco recruited Noel to join ...
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