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Fredy Massamba

Fredy Massamba grew up in Congo-Brazzaville and currently lives and works in Brussels. His parents instilled the love of music in him and he discovered Congolese rumba by listening to the radio. At the age of fourteen, he joined a choir, singing and playing percussion. In 1991, he was one of the founding members of the Tambours de Brazza, who went on to achieve international success. He collaborated with Zap Mama, Didier Awadi and Manou Gallo, to name but a few. In 2011, he released his first solo album, Etnophony, which was nominated for the African Kora Awards 2012 in Abidjan and was picked up by the European music scene. Makasi, the second album, followed in 2013. Fredy Massamba is a singer-songwriter whose work combines elements of soul, funk and African polyphonies.