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Modero Mekanisi

Modero 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 here. 
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

alongside 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.