Legendary Congolese Guitarist Lokassa Ya Mbongo Dies

Popular Congolese guitarist and singer Denis Lokassa Kasiya, commonly known as Lokassa ya Mbogo breathed his last on Tuesday in Nashua, New Hamsphire, U.S.

Lokassa was 80-years-old and has recently been battling diabetes. He is said to have passed away after developing breathing difficulties following a mild stroke. 

Congolese guitarist Lokassa ya Mbogo in a past performance.

The guitarist was considered one of the finest in Congolese music, where he led the popular Soukous Stars band. 

Lokassa also teamed up with Tabu Ley Rochereau’s Afrisa International in the 70s. Here, he worked with other popular musicians like Sam Mangwana and Pepe Ndombe.

Some of his very popular hits include ‘Bonne Annee’, ‘Monica’ and ‘Marie-Josse’.

Details of his burial are yet to be made public.

Also living in the same state is singer Wawali Bonane, also with The Afrisa International Band. He had visited Lokassa and said was devasted by the sad news.

Another Congolese musician Ngouma Lokito, who lives in New York, broke the sad news to his fans through a Facebook post

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