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Congolese singer General Defao dies in Douala at the age of 62 years old

Kinshasa, December 28th, 2021 (CPA)  .- The Congolese singer Lulendo Matumona alias General Defao, died on December 27, 2021, following Covid-19 at the “LaQuintinie” hospital in Douala in Cameroon, at the age of 62 years or some five (5) days before his date of birth, reports a cultural radio station in Doual, « Balafon media », even specifying the time (9:40 pm) of his admission to the morgue of this hospital. According to the source, the illustrious disappeared, who suffered from diabetes for several years, was a songwriter and performer and gave his last concert together with musician Bozi Boziana in Côte d’Ivoire. Born in Kinshasa on December 31st, 1958, General Defao began his musical career in Kisantu, in the Kongo Central, where he played in a local orchestra « Somo Ouest », before being revealed to the Kinshasa in the early 80s alongside talented guitarist Pépé Felly Manuaku, boss of the musical group « Zaiko WaWa » in 1981. A few years later, the artist joined the late Ben Nyamabo’s « Choc Stars » orchestra where he played for 7 years alongside Bozi Boziana, Ben Nyamabo, Debaba, before creating his own musical group called « Big Stars » in 1991. He has in his assets, many hits including the song « Solange » In 1994, he released the opus entitled « Family kikuta » and « le Copinage » performed in featuring with the artist Mbilia Bel. Around the 2000s, he left the DRC to settle in East Africa, first in Tanzania then in Kenya, where he remained for several years, before returning to Kinshasa in 2019, after 20 years of absence in DRC.


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