Grand Kalle and African Jazz


Congolese music is a staple at /GR headquarters from Rumba to Soukous. People sometimes ask which artists to check out.

One strong suggestion would be Grand Kalle and African Jazz. The band’s personnel includes an incredible amount of talent worth exploring. These are some of the most cherished artists from the earliest days of the Congolese music scene.

“Le Grand Kallé” (Joseph Kabasele) – vocals, bandleader
Dr Nico Kasanda – lead guitar
Manu Dibango – saxophone
Déchaud Mongala (Charles Mwamba) – guitar
Sam Mangwana – vocals
Tabu Ley Rochereau – vocals
Youlou Mabiala – vocals
Josky Kiambukuta – vocals
Pierre Yantunla – drums
Edouard Lutula – clarinet
Kalé-Roger – percussion
Pépé Kallé – vocals
Suzy Kaseya – lead guitar