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Léopoldville (1952 – 2007)

Jean de Dieu Makiese (May 28, 1952 – August 11, 2007), popularily known as Madilu System, was a singer and songwriter born in Léopoldville, Belgian Congo. He was once a member of T.P.O.K Jazz which dominated African popular music in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Madilu was 19 when he started his career in Kinshasa’s thriving music scene in 1969. Over the next fifteen years he sang with Orchestre Symba, Papa Noel’s Orchestre Bambula, Sam Mangwana’s Festival des Maquisards and his own Orchestre Bakuba Mayopi, but his career thus far neither revealed nor promised anything out of the ordinary (in an extraordinary milieu). It was Franco who made a star of Madilu System (as the big man had dubbed him). “Mamou (Tu Vois),” the record that introduced the new T.P.O.K. Jazz singer, was a hit in 1984. Madilu followed that up with his own composition for the band, “Pesa Position.” Then came “Mario” and “Reponse de Mario” in ‘85 and perhaps the best of the Franco-Madilu duets, “La Vie des Hommes” in ’86.

Congo has bred singers with more impressive range, more force or sweeter tone than Madilu, but very few who sang with his expressiveness, his ability to vivify character with his voice. It was this quality that Franco appreciated so well. He and Madilu shared the lead vocals on many of Franco’s story-songs, Franco singing the narrative and Madilu assuming the role of the protagonist.


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  • cupid7

    Hi everyone!!!! I am new here and want to share: I am sooooo happy I found some folk who love Madilu's music as well as I did when I could get something! I hope I find every single album he ever composed, including with the late Franco.

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Ajaviga

    Iam ardent lover of Madilu system music with the legacy of Music hero Luambo Franco Makiadi.Madilu and Franco are my greatest Artist in DRC.

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • HalfCrazyGirl

    Please, join Congolese Music Rocks!!!

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • godsdj

    I lived in Zambia for three years, and this music takes me right back outside the sleepy little bars, trying to find a bit of shade as the local kids danced to this. Beautiful music, beautiful people, and some dancing!

    3 Oct 2008 Reply

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