Wawali Bonane was born in Banningville (now Bandundu), in the Democratic Republic Of Congo (ex-Zaire). He was weaned on the sounds and rhythms of the Bandundu region. In 1966, Wawali dropped out of school with friend and partner Pepe Kalle, now one of Congo's top stars, to form their first band, Les Monkoy. In 1974, Wawali was invited by superstar Tabu Ley Rochereau to join his band, Afrisa International. Throughout his career Wawali has been creating hybrid music known as soukous, a popular style that first came to prominence in the 1950's and combines elements of Cuban rhumba and Antillean music with Congolese aesthetics.

Links To Peel

Peel was such a fan of Wawali's album Wawali Bonané Et Generation Soukouss Enzenzé Vol. 1 that he nominated it in his Top 20 Albums of all time for the Guardian newspaper in 1997. In 1995, Peel became quite worked up after hearing that Wawali had stopped making music, stating on his 26 August 1995 (BFBS) show that he would prefer listening to new material from the soukous singer more than anything more from U2.

Shows Played

Wawali Bonané Bayaya

Wawali Bonané Bayaya

  • 27 August 1997: Bayaya
  • 11 September 1997 (BFBS): 'Bayaya (LP-Wawali Bonane)' (Maciste Productions) (JP: 'If I was to make a list of my 10 favourite tracks of all time, I rather suspect that that would be in there.')
  • 18 September 1997 (BFBS): 'Bayaya (LP-Wawali Bonané Et Generation Soukouss Enzenzé Vol. 1)' (Maciste Productions)
  • 06 April 2000: 'Bayaya (LP-Wawali Bonane)' (Maciste Productions)
  • 19 June 2003: 'Wumba Wumba (LP- Safarini Music of African Immigrants In Transit)' (Smithsonian Folkways)

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