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Tabu Ley Rochereau dies at 73; musician brought Afro-pop worldwide
Tabu Ley Rochereau dies at 73; musician brought Afro-pop worldwide

Congolese superstar musician and songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau, whose electrifying performances fused African and Latin rhythms into an irresistible blend, was greatly responsible in the 1970s for bringing Afro-pop to Europe and other parts of the world. And even when his roller coaster career was hitting one of its low periods — as it was in the mid-1990s when he lived in Anaheim and held court at a local Norm's restaurant — Rochereau managed to put on a tightly choreographed show complete with band, dancers and masters of ceremonies, all fronted by his honey-toned vocals. He wrote more than 2,000 songs and his music blend — heavily influenced by Cuban rhumbas...

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