Lokua Kanza

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Lokua Kanza
Lokua Kanza 2010.JPG
Lokua Kanza, Innsbruck, 2010
Background information
Birth namePascal Lokua Kanza
BornApril 1958
Bukavu, Belgian Congo
LabelsBMG, Universal Records

Lokua Kanza (born April 1958) is a singer-songwriter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is known for his soulful, folksy[clarification needed] sound.[1]


Lokua Kanza was born Pascal Lokua Kanza in Bukavu in the province of Sud-Kivu, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the eldest of eight children, with a Mongo father and a Tutsi mother from Rwanda. In 1964, the family went to live in Kinshasa in a middle class area, until the day when Pascal's father, a ship's captain, died. His mother then moved to a much poorer area of the city, and Pascal had to work to feed the family. As well as singing in churches[clarification needed]. Lokua Kanza sings in French, Swahili, Lingala, Portuguese, and English. He was a coach in The Voice Afrique Francophone in 2016 and 2017.


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  1. ^ "Festival International Nuits D Afrique". The Gazette Canada. 12 July 2003. p. 66.

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