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Syran Mbenza was born on 31 May, 1950, is a Congolese-French guitarist.

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Age70 years old
Zodiac SignGemini
Born31 May 1950
Birthday31 May

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Evaluations by those familiar with his work include superlatives and references to the world’s greatest guitarists. Examples include: “an exceptionally gifted guitarist,” “extraordinary master guitarist,” “one of the best guitar virtuosos in Africa” and other descriptions as one of Africa’s greatest guitarists, “one of the world’s finest guitarists,” and “for me, forget Carlos Santana, forget Ali Farka Toure, the greatest living guitarist.” Writers also like to repeat the line from the BBC’s Andy Kershaw, that Eric Clapton isn’t fit to tune Mbenza’s guitar strings.


Kékélé was assembled under executive producer Ibrahima Sylla. The band’s consistent core members were Mbenza on guitar and vocalists Nyboma, Wuta Mayi, Bumba Massa, and Loko ‘Djeskain’ Massengo. Other members of the band’s cast at different times included guitarists Papa Noel Nedule, Yves Ndjock, and Rigo Star Bamundélé, saxophonist Manu Dibango, and singers Jean-Papy Ramazani, Mbilia Bel, and Madilu System. Kékélé released three studio albums and one live album between 2001 and 2006, and toured Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Africa until 2010.


Second, in 2009, Mbenza recorded Immortal Franco: Africa’s Unrivalled Guitar Legend, an album that paid tribute to the guitarist who had been his childhood inspiration, Franco. Its personnel included vocalists Wuta Mayi, Elba Kuluma, Ballou Canta, and Ketsia, guitarist Bopol, bassist Flavien Makabi, and saxophonist Jimmy Mvondo. It received positive notices from the Evening Standard (London) and Songlines magazine (UK), the Australian Broadcasting Company, RootsWorld (concluding, “Mbenza and his associates here salute the man in fabulous fashion”), and Concertzender radio (Netherlands). The Indie Acoustic Project named it as one of three finalists for Best CD of 2009 in the World Music: Africa category.

DJ Daudi (David Noyes), Ambiance Congo radio program, WRIR radio, Richmond, playlists and narratives from series of programs on Syran Mbenza, (July 27-28, 2009):


First, in 2000, with other veteran African musicians he formed Kékélé, a band that played slow-tempo Congolese rumba in a revival style harkening back to the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, using acoustic guitars. Its founders took this approach in reaction to the direction of Congolese music in the 1990s; as Mbenza explained, “There were no more songs, no more melodies. We thought about this and decided we had to get back to the rumba, what we played in the past. . . . Our music was becoming decadent. We had to wake it up again.” He said that producer François Bréant “had the idea of asking me to form a band that would make records in the style [of vintage Congolese rumba] so that this great music should not die.”


In 1988, Mbenza joined Congolese vocalists Passi Jo and Jean-Papy Ramazani to create a “side project” band called Kass Kass, which recorded several albums of high-energy, dance-floor soukous. Some of its music showed an influence of zouk, the French Caribbean dance music of that time, and in an interview Mbenza noted that he had worked in the studio with the zouk band Kassav’.


In 1982, initially for Outtara’s label, Mbenza and Bopol joined well-known Congolese singers Nyboma (Nyboma Mwan’dido) and Wuta Mayi to found the popular and influential soukous group Les Quatre Etoiles (the Four Stars), which released seven studio albums and three live albums (though two of those may be the same) through the mid-1990s, and played live shows as recently as 2010. Each of its four members was a star in his own right who recorded solo albums. Les Quatre Étoiles was a loose-knit arrangement rather than an exclusive one; Mbenza and its other three members released solo records, formed other bands, and played as sidemen in support of other musicians (notably including one another) throughout the time of their membership in Les Quatre Étoiles.


In about 1981 Mbenza moved to Paris, where he has been based since, while frequently touring worldwide with other African musicians, including in Europe, North America, and East Africa. The years immediately following his move to Paris were his most prolific, to this date.


While in West Africa, in 1980, he recorded his first solo album, Kouame.


After the split, Paris-based producer Eddy Gustave flew Mangwana, Mbenza, Bopol, and Pablo Lubadika to Paris for a September 1979 recording session, which resulted in two albums on his Eddy’son record label, including remakes of some African All-Stars hits. Confusingly, the covers of both albums are titled Eddy’Son Presente Sam Mangwana. For the next year, those four musicians “shuttled back and forth between Paris and the Abidjan-Lomé corridor,” playing together as International Sam Mangwana.

The caption of a photo of the 1979 version of the African All Stars lists Mbenza’s instrument as “mi-solo guitar.” In Congolese music the mi-solo, or half-solo, guitar plays a part “between the solo guitars and the rhythm guitars.” Mbenza’s work with Mangwana made his name in Congolese music circles. In 1990, the New York Times noted his lead guitar work on Mangwana’s 1979 “Maria Tebbo,” which it described as “a pan-African hit.”


In 1978 Mbenza moved to, in the words of Congolese-music historian Gary Stewart, “what looked — from downtrodden Kinshasa at least — like the more prosperous climate of West Africa,” initially Lomé, Togo. There he joined the African All Stars of his cousin Sam Mangwana, with other Congolese musicians including guitarist Bopol Mansiamina, who would become a lifelong collaborator, and drummer Ringo Moya. The original version of that band only lasted about a year, though, then split in two, with one group (including Mangwana, Mbenza, and Bopol) moving to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and another group staying in Lomé.


After leaving Lovy, Mbenza decided to become a professional musician, working with a group called Orchestre Kara (or Kara de Kinshasa) in a nightclub with the same name. Vicky Longomba had created that group in 1973 or 1974, as the successor band to Lovy.


He then joined the band Lovy du Zaire, formed in 1971 or 1972 by Victor “Vicky” Longomba, who was previously a co-founder of OK Jazz and afterward a member of African Jazz. Other later-famous musicians in Lovy du Zaire included Bumba Massa, Youlou Mabiala and Mose Se Sengo (Mose Fan Fan).


Mbenza began to play guitar at about age 11. He grew up hearing the music of Franco, and taught himself to play guitar in Franco’s style. He played in a number of local bands, and learned from “Docteur Nico” (Nicolas Kasanda) of African Jazz. In 1968, while still in school, he joined a neighborhood group called La Banita and stayed until about 1970. This was followed by stints with Jamel Jazz, Dynamic Jazz, Ewawa de Malph, and Somo-Somo. (This list is included in several thumbnail biographies of Mbenza, though not confirmed by the few available sources on those bands, e.g. a list of renowned musicians with early experience in Jamel Jazz.)


Syran Mbenza (or M’Benza) (b. May 31, 1950) is a guitarist, originally from the Congo, who has lived in Paris since about 1981. He has recorded and performed prolifically over five decades, including as a solo artist; as one of the four members of the popular soukous “supergroup” Les Quatre Étoiles; as a founding member of the acoustic, Congolese rumba revival band Kékélé; in other bands; and in support of numerous artists. He has been described as one of the greatest guitar players of Africa.

Mingiedi “Syran” Mbenza was born on May 31, 1950, in a family of six, in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), in what was then the Belgian Congo (and was later the Republic of the Congo, then Zaire, and is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).