August 24, 1994 |
The first taste of stardom came early to Tabu Ley Rochereau, when he played before a huge crowd--including an assortment of dignitaries, the king of Belgium among them--celebrating the 1955 opening of a new soccer stadium in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo.
August 21, 1995 |
Modero Mekanisi, who plays saxophone for African pop music giant Tabu Ley Rochereau, walked along a quiet Anaheim street on a sizzling summer day and stretched his hands skyward. "You see?," he said. "Anaheim is like Kinshasa!" It probably is safe to say that the home of Disneyland and the teeming capital of Zaire in Central Africa are not often compared.
July 31, 1989 |
Mbilia Bel's featured role in the ensemble of Africa's most popular singer, Tabu Ley Rochereau, ensures the young Zairian vocalist an immediate audience for her solo career. But Bel's two 45-minute sets before 400 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City on Friday were scattershot affairs.
June 14, 1994
As always, grass-roots rock promoters looking for an angle are taking note of doings in the wider world and are jumping on the bandwagon. Hence the Rock 'n' Roll Soccer Fest, an evening of alternative bands at Old World in Huntington Beach in honor of the upcoming World Cup tournament, and Locapalooza, a daylong alternative rock fest in Riverside modeled after the Lollapalooza touring package coming to Cal State Dominguez Hills in September.
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March 13, 1995 |
More than 100 people crowded Heritage Square in Oxnard on Sunday to eat, dance and hear the smooth sounds and rumba beat of Tabu Ley Rochereau and Orchestra Afrisa International. The popular Zaire band helped kick off "Sundays at the Square," an international music series that will run through April 9 downtown. A longtime listener of the African band on local radio, Mike Wilson of Oxnard said he could not believe that Tabu Ley Rochereau was going to perform locally.
June 20, 1995 |
There's got to be method behind the madness when a concert series offers the Blazers with Candye Kane and the Swingin' Armadillos one week and Seigneur Tabu Ley Rochereau and Orchestre Afrisa International the next. That's what the Long Beach Museum of Art will be offering in its 10th summer season, which starts Wednesday and will continue through Aug. 23. And you know there's method, and a sound one, when the series is not only stable but growing.