Soukous musician Mabele succumbs to Covid-19

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By Amos Ngaira

Fans of soukous music are mourning the death of Paris-based musician Aurlus Mabele, who succumbed last Thursday to a coronavirus infection, coming as he was suffering the effects of a stroke years ago.

Sixty-seven-year-old Mabele was from Congo Brazzaville.

Speaking to the Nation last Friday, his counterpart, Nyboma Mwandido, confirmed the news, adding that a family member got information of the Covid-19 infection from the French hospital Mabele was receiving treatment at.

Mabele, guitarist Diblo Dibala, Rammy Salomon and Jean Baron were members of Loketo Band, formed in mid-1980s.

Some of their popular songs include "Extra Ball', "Douce Isabella" and "Choc a Distance".

Kenyans got a chance to watch him live in 1991. He was backed by his new solo guitarist Dally Kimoko, Jean Baron and then-drummer Awilo Longomba.

Lingala musician Sammy Wamuri (Ya Kembo) said he attended all his shows and is saddened by his death. "It was Aurlus who made me love soukous music," he said.

Rhumba fan and media personality Catherine Karanja said she kept a collection of the band's music. – The East African.

 

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