Simaro Lutumba Bio
Simaro Massiya Lutumba Ndomanueno, popularly known as Simaro, was a soukous rhythm guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was a member of the seminal soukous band TPOK Jazz which dominated the Congolese music scene from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Simaro Lutumba Biography
Simaro Lutumba was born on 19 March 1938 and died on 30 March 2019. Simaro was born in Léopoldville, Belgian Congo, now Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 19 March 1938.
Trivia & Simaro Lutumba Quick Info
Birth name: Simaro Lutumba
Also known as Simaro Massiya Lutumba
Born: 19 March 1938 Léopoldville, Belgian Congo (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Died: 30 March 2019 (aged 81) Paris, France
Occupation(s); composer, arranger, producer, guitarist
Instruments: Rhythm guitar
Years active: 1960 – 2019
Associated acts: TPOK Jazz
Simaro Lutumba with OK Jazz
According to Simaro, he joined Luambo Makiadi in 1961. Later Josky Kiambukuta joined them, and later still Ndombe Opetum came along.
For a while, Youlou Mabiala and Madilu System played with OK Jazz, before they launched their own solo careers. For many years, Simaro served as the Vice President of the band and led the group during Franco’s long trips to Europe during the 1980s.
In 1974, he composed the band’s hit song “Mabele” sung by Sam Mangwana, which earned him the nickname “Poet”. In the late 1970s, he was jailed at Makala Prison, along with Franco and other musicians, over two songs deemed obscene by the authorities. According to pundits, Lutumba is considered as one of the greatest poets, singers, and philosophers of Congo music.
Simaro Lutumba Personal Life – Death Cause
Legendary Congolese musician Simaro Massiya Lutumba died early Saturday at a hospital in Paris, France.
His fellow musicians Nyboma Mwandido and Sam Mangwana confirmed his death in phone interviews with the Nation.
Mr Lutumba was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 19, 1938.
He specialised in Soukous, wrote songs, played the guitar and led a band in the DRC.
The cause of Mr Lutumba’s death was not immediately clear but he had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
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Mr Kamaru, a celebrated Kikuyu Benga musician, died in October 2018 at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi where he had been admitted days before after falling ill. He was 79 years old.
Kamaru, who hailed from Kangema in Murang’a County was born in 1939 and started his singing career in 1956.
Mr Ogada was born in 1956 in Mombasa to parents who were musicians. Travelling with his parents exposed him to both Western and African cultures, which influenced his music.
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Mr Mutukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across the continent and beyond, died in January at the age of 66.
He passed away at Avenue Hospital hospital in Harare, the local press reported.
Mr Munoko died in October 2018 at a hospital in Los Angeles following a short illness. He was 61 years old.
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