Happy Birthday Sam Mangwana

Sam Mangwana born 21 February 1945 , is a Congolese musician, born to an Angolan mother and Zimbabwean father.
He was born in then Leopoldville, now Kinshasa the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo] - DRC.
His father was a Zimbabwean, who was born in Chivi , Zimbabwe.

Mangwana made his professional debut in 1963 with the Congo-Kinshasa rumba band, African Fiesta owned and led by Tabu Ley Rochereau.

Mangwana moved across the Congo River to Brazzaville where he formed a short-lived group called Los Batchichas.
He also worked with the more established Negro Band and Orchestre Tembo.
He then crossed back to Kinshasa where he joined Tabu Ley, whose band was now known as African Fiesta National.

In 1967, Mangwana again left to form Festival des Maquisards.
The band included notable recording artists and vocalists Zitani Dalienst Ya Ntesa and Bialu Madilu Multi-System , guitarists Dizzy Mandjeku and Michelino Mavatiku Visi.
Two years later, Sam Mangwana was on the move again and recorded duos with guitarist Jean Paul “Guvano” Vangu, until 1972.

In 1972 he joined TPOK Jazz led by Franco Luambo Makiadi.
Mangwana was often lead singer on compositions by OK Jazz guitarist “Le Poete” Simaro Lutumba Massiya where his popularity greatly increased.

He then left again, this time moving to Abidjan where he formed the band African All Stars.When the All Stars broke up in 1979, he became a solo artist.
He recorded and toured with varying combinations of musicians.

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