The Congolese soukous musician, Diblo Dibala, has been called “Machine Gun” for his speed and skill on the guitar. Born in 1954, he moved to Kinshasa as a child and was playing guitar in the legendary bandleader Franco’s TPOK band by the age of 15. He left for Brussels in 1979, and two years later moved to Paris just as the soukous movement was exploding. He teamed with Kanda Bongo Man on his first album, which was a smash hit, making Kanda a star and Diblo the most sought-after session man in Paris.
Diblo makes his Chicago debut in Millennium Park where he will be joined by Oscar Debe (drums), Adou Azouhouni (keyboard), Patrick Adrian (bass) along with two guest dancers.
Afro-fusion can take many forms, and in the case of Sexteto Tabalá, it materializes in the shape of an Afrobeat body with a Columbian soul. Merging strong Spanish influences with classic African undertones, Sexteto Tabalá creates a distinctive, and truly intoxicating blended genre that is all their own.