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Born in 1925, in the town of Likasi in the Katanga region of Congo, Bukasa left primary school, not to go into music, but to start an apprenticeship as a fitter with the Union Minière. Even his move to the capital Léopoldville, in 1947, wasn’t inspired by his wish to become a musician. He had found a job as a master fitter.
It was Henri Bowane who discovered his talent and who, in 1949, invited him to the Ngoma studios. Soon Bukasa was one of the major stars of this legendary label.
Pauline wa ngai, timbe-time yeyeye by Albino Kalombo & Leon Bukasa, Ngoma 1434