By PETER CHIKWAMPU
CONGOLESE musician, Werrason, will this year be among the artistes that will entertain show-goers at this year’s Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in August.
Werrason’s coming will mark four years since he performed in Zambia and at the same venue.
The last time he was here, he stunned show-goers with hits such as Solola Bien and Zenith.
Last year, the organisers of the show brought in another Congolese musician Fally Ipupa who was equally a darling of the patrons.
For Werrason, born Noël Ngiama Makanda, and his band , the task ahead of is to surpass their previous performance.
According to the information obtained by the Weekend Mail, the organisers are anticipating a good number of foreign acts as was the case last year.
Among the performers at last year’s show was Patubate from Brazil, who also held workshops with local artistes besides performing.
Werrason, is a renowned rhumba musician whose singing talent goes back as far as when he was eight years, the time he used to sing in a church choir.
In 1981, in between his studies (for a degree in accountancy) Werrason, and his college friends Didier Masela, Adolphe Dominguez, JB Mpiana, Blaise Bula among others created an innovative musical band “Wenge Musica 4X4 Tout Terrain Bon Chic Bon Genre” which came to split in December 1997.
Werrason and his two friends Adolphe Dominguez and Didier Masela, created Wenge Musica Maison Mère (WMMM)”, with its headquarters at Zamba Playa in Kinshasa, DRCongo, with Werrason as head. His first album, Force d’Intervention Rapide (Rapid Intervention Force) was released end of 1998.
His song Chantal Switzerland was voted song-of-the-year, while his animator Bill ‘Clinton’ Kalondji was voted the best animator.
Werrason’s second album Solola Bien of 1999 took the African music scene by storm. Solola Bien was rewarded with the Golden Record in France.
In the same year, his band Wenge Maison Mère was voted the best Congolese group, with Werrason as the artist-of-the-year. In June 2001, Werrason released his first solo album Kibuisa Mpimpa, a double CD with 17 titles.
This album won him two Kora Awards in South Africa including best artist in Africa and best album in Central Africa. Later that year Werrason gave one of his very best performances at a double concert (two days) at the Zenith de Paris, one of the largest concert halls in France.
He also toured extensively major European cities like London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Rome and Stockholm. The United Nations have awarded him with the title of Universal Ambassador of Peace. In 2001, Werrason was received in audience by Pope John Paul II.
Werrason dedicates part of his time to all the UNESCO campaigns against AIDS and all sorts of discriminations, and in campaigns against early marriages and promoting education for the[ girl child.
He shared performances with great African artists among them Manu Dibango, Passi, Doc Gynéco, Benji and Akil. Werrason also collaborated with international artists like Shaggy.
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