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by Mose 'Fan Fan' Se Sengo
Mose 'Fan Fan' Se Sengo (1945 to 2019) was a Congolese-born British musician. Mose Se Sengo was born on October 16th 1945 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He began learning to play the guitar while at boarding school in Kinanga, and much later played with Franco Luambo and then the group 'TPOK Jazz' (he joined the latter in 1968). After starting his own short-lived band, 'Somo Somo', he later became a member of the group 'Lovy du Zaire', which had first formed in 1971/72 under Victor 'Vicky' Longomba (a previous co-founder of 'TPOK Jazz' and a former member of the group 'African Jazz'). However, he did not see eye-to-eye with Longomba and soon quit. In 1974, he travelled from Zaire to East Africa, settling in Tanzania for several years, and in the late 1970s formed a new version of 'Somo Somo', who were notable for performing in the Lingala language. They played many gigs during tours across Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya, with the latter country becoming his destination in the early 1980s as a place to live. There, he re-formed 'Somo Somo' yet again, and recorded several albums. He finally arrived in London, England, in 1983, where he collaborated with many 'jazz' musicians from that country. In the 1990s however, he joined 'Bana OK', a tribute band dedicated to the late Franco Luambo Makiadi (formerly of 'TPOK Jazz'). From 2000 until his death, he returned his music to the roots of the 'acoustic rumba' style, and had settled in London from the early 2010s with British citizenship. Sadly, Mose 'Fan Fan' Se Sengo collapsed while on a routine recording tour in Nairobi, Kenya, and died at the Kasarani Hospital on May 3rd 2019. He was 73, and was pronounced dead on arrival following a suspected heart attack. http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/showbiz/Mose-Fan-Fan-dies/1950810-5099752-3ul3a2/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mose_Se_Sengo
Posted: 4th June 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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