Diblo Dibala ( Fr. Diblo Dibala , 1954 , Democratic Republic of the Congo ( Zaire )) - guitarist and composer , performer of songs in the style of the Congolese sukuss ( Fr. soukouss ). Beluba people. He gained world fame thanks to his virtuoso guitar playing, for the speed of his rhythm he received the nicknames “Machine Gun” and “The Fastest Guitar of the West”.
|Date of Birth||1954|
|Place of Birth||Democratic Republic of the Congo ( Zaire )|
|A country||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Collectives||Loketo (1987-1990), Matchatcha (1990— present)|
Born in 1954 in Kisangani , Congo , in 1960 he moved with his family to Kinshasa . At the age of 15, he won the competition for young talents and was accepted by the guitarist into the group “OK Jazz” under the direction of Francois Luambo Maciadi. He later played with bands such as Vox Africa, Orchestra Bella Mambo and Bella Bella; working in the latter, he met the famous sukuss musician Kanda Bongo Man.
In 1979, he settled in Brussels , where he worked as a street musician. In 1981 he moved to Paris , where he performed in the band Kanda Bongo Maine. Their first album, “Iyole” (1981), was a success, and Diblo began to be invited to many projects that played music in the style of sukuss.
In the mid-1980s, Dybala founded his own group, Loketo, which lasted several years and then split up. In 1990, he founded a new group, “Matchatcha,” which still exists with some changes in composition.
In 1992-1994 he collaborated with Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra , in particular, in 1992, Guerra recorded the song “El costo de la vida” for his album Areíto , which was a cover of Dybal’s composition “Kimia Eve”. In 1994, Guerra invited Dybal to record the album “Fogaraté” , which included three compositions featuring the Congolese guitarist: “Los mangos bajitos”, “Fogaraté” (cover version of “Amour et souvenir”) and “El beso de la ciguatera” .
Diblo Dybala and Matchatcha participated in many international ethnic music festivals: Glastonburry ( Great Britain ), Roskil ( Denmark ), Hoogstraten ( Belgium ), Central Park SummerStage ( New York , USA ), Música del Caribe ( Cartagena , Colombia ), World Creole ( Dominica ) and St. Kitts Festival ( Saint Kitts ) also participated in jazz festivals in Montreal and Luxembourg .
- 1989 - Mondo ry (Mélodie)
- 1990 - Soukous Trouble (Shanachie Entertainment)
- 1991 - Extra Ball (Shanachie Entertainment)
- 1992 - Super Soukous (Shanachie Entertainment)
- 1993 - OK Madame (Mélodie)
- 1994 - Mabina M'boka (Sterns)
- 1994 - Aimer la danse (Afric Music)
- 1998 - Dernier jugement (Mélodie)
- 1999 - My Love (Atoll Music)
- 2000 - Iwooh (Arete Promotions)
- 2002 - Méchant Garçon (JPS Records)
- 2003 - Ça passe ou ça casse (Mélodie)