Mekanisi is first and foremost a saxophonist from Congo but
also plays several other roles on the music scene. These include
being a music promoter and producer. In his early years he sang
in church choirs then went on to work in a bank while taking
piano and saxophone tuition at a school of music. Then he joined
the Institut National des Art at the University of Kinshasa.
Modero is best known for having been a
saxophonist and singer in Tabu Ley's Afrisa International from
1971 to 1994. In those years the band toured extensively and
became very well known internationally. He recalls James Brown's
visit to Congo in 1972 when he came on stage with Afrisa and
the music switched from Rumba-Soukous to Rock and Roll. Afrisa's
1989 UK tour included a live recording with Modero as MC at
the Real World studios in Wiltshire which is available on a
CD entitled Babeti Soukous. Needless to say having been
such a prominent member of Afrisa for so many years, Modero
features on all their recordings, too numerous to list
Modero has taken part in major music events
in many African countries too, including Senegal, Namibia, Swaziland,
Zambia and Mozambique. He arranged the music of the last LP
of the Malian singer Ami Koita. Modero has played
many of the top musicians in the
world including Manu
Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Franco, Jimmy Cliff, Sam
Mangwana and Aïcha Koné
of Côte D'Ivoire. Indeed, Modero has never been one to
concentrate on only one genre of music but is at ease with Rumba,
Highlife, Jazz, Calypso, Salsa, European, Afro Beat etc...
After being based in Britain for a few
years Modero moved to USA in 1993 where there are many opportunities.
He continues to earnestly promote African music and excels in
playing with musicians from many different countries.