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NDOMBE OPETUM 5TH ANNIVERSARY

Ndombe Opetum, popularly known as Pepe Ndombe, was a soukous recording artist, composer and vocalist, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Born: March 3, 1944, Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Pepe.
He died at the Kitambo Hospital in Kinshasa,66.He was known as Pepe.He was a member of TPOK Jazz,of Franco Luambo Makiadi.  Pepe Ndombe Opetum was born in Bandundu Province in what was then known as the Belgian Congo in 1944.

 

Ndombe Opetum

was the lead vocalist for Afrisa International, prior to joining TPOK Jazz, in the mid 1970s, after Sam Mangwana had left the band. He came over to OKJazz with horn player Empopo Loway, and he stayed with the band until it split up in December 1993, four years after the death of founder François Luambo Makiadi. Contemporary band members at the time included vocalists: Wuta Mayi, Michel Boyibanda, Josky Kiambukuta and Youlou Mabiala, and rhythm guitarist Simaro Lutumba and solo guitarist Franco himself.

Ndombe Opetum is credited with composing the following songs for the band, among others:

  • Voyage na Bandundu
  • Mawe
  • Mabe Yo Mabe – in 1977
  • Coupe du Monde – in 1979
  • Youyou – in 1980
  • Nayebi Ndenge Bakolela Ngai – in 1982
  • Angela – in 1989
  • Tawaba – in 1989

By,Prince Chef De Etat Major

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