Diblo Dibala

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Diblo Dibala
Born 1954
Kisangani, Zaire
Genres Soukous
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1979–Present

Diblo Dibala, often known simply as Diblo, is a Congolese soukous musician,[1] known as "Machine Gun" for his speed and skill on the guitar. He was born in 1954 in Kisangani. He moved to Kinshasa as a child, and aged 15 won a talent competition which led to him playing guitar in Franco's TPOK band. Dibala remained with the group for only a short period, going on to play with Vox Africa, Orchestra Bella Mambo and Bella Bella, in which band he first played with Kanda Bongo Man.[2]

In 1979, he moved to Brussels, and in 1981 he joined Kanda Bongo Man's band in Paris. Their first album, Iyole (1981), was a success. Diblo became a sought after session guitarist, working with Pepe Kalle and many other soukous musicians.

In the mid-1980s, he formed his own band, Loketo (meaning 'hips'), with singer Aurlus Mabele. A few years later, that band broke up, and in 1990 he formed a new group, Matchatcha, which is still active after a number of personnel changes.


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Diblo Dibala". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "African Music Encyclopedia: Diblo Dibala". 

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