Mose Se Sengo

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Mose Se Sengo
Birth nameMose Se Sengo
Also known asMose Fan Fan
Born(1945-10-16)16 October 1945
Léopoldville, Belgian Congo (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Died3 May 2019(2019-05-03) (aged 73)
Nairobi, Kenya
GenresCongo music
Occupation(s)composer, guitarist, band leader
Instrument(s)Solo guitar
Years active1960 – 2019

Mose Se Sengo ("Fan Fan") (16 October 1945 – 3 May 2019) was a guitarist, composer and band-leader from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was one of the pioneers of Congolese Soukous.[1]


Mose Se Sengo, was born in present-day Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 16 October 1945. He began to play the guitar at boarding school in Kinanga.[1]

Music career[edit]

He played with Franco and TPOK Jazz, which he joined in 1968.[2] He later joined the band Lovy du Zaire, formed in 1971 or 1972 by Victor "Vicky" Longomba, who was previously a co-founder of OK Jazz and afterward a member of African Jazz. Other later-famous musicians in Lovy du Zaire included Bumba Massa, Youlou Mabiala and Syran Mbenza.[3][4] According to one source, however, he "could not tolerate the leader's hypocrisy and soon quit."[5]

In 1974, he traveled from Zaire to East Africa, first settling in Tanzania for several years.[5] In the late 1970s, he formed a new version of his band Somo Somo, roughly translated Double Trouble, performing in the Lingala language. The band performed in Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya. In the early 1980s he moved to Kenya, where he re-formed Somo Somo and recorded several albums.[5] In 1983 "Fan Fan" arrived in London, England mixing his music with English jazz musicians.[5]

In the 1990s he joined Bana OK, a tribute band to the late Franco Luambo Makiadi of TPOK Jazz. By 2000 until now "Fan Fan" has returned to the roots of the Acoustic Rumba style. As of the early 2010s, he was resident in London and had acquired British citizenship by the time of his death.[6]


On 3 May 2019, Mose Se Sengo was on a routine recording tour in Nairobi, Kenya, when he collapsed and died following a suspected heart attack. Fan Fan, who was staying at an apartment on Thika Superhighway, was taken to a Kasarani Hospital within Nairobi, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.[7][8]

The musician's producer, Tabu Osusa, said Fan Fan was in the city recording a new song with vocalists based in Nairobi including Paddy Makani and Disco Longwa. Mose Fan Fan, whose residence is in London, loved Nairobi and had been visiting Kenya consistently since 2016.[8] His death came a day before the burial of another Congolese musician of his era, Lutumba SImaro, with whom they had played together in the TPOK Jazz band.[9] Plans are underway, as of 11 May 2019, to repatriate his remains to the United Kingdom for final interment.[6]


  • 1975: Dje Melasi with TPOK Jazz
  • 1994: Belle Epoque
  • 1995 Hello Hello
  • 1999: Congo Acoustic
  • 2005: Bayekeleye
  • 2011: Musicatelama
Contributing artist


  1. ^ a b AllMusic (2019). "Mose Se 'Fan Fan': Artist Biography". Retrieved 11 May 2019. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Graham, p. 212. Graham, Ronnie (1988), The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0-306-80325-9
  3. ^ Congolite Canada (6 July 2011). "Hommage à Vicky Longomba Besange Lokuli". Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 6 July 2011 & Translated from the original French language) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ Sylvie Clerfeuille (14 July 2007). "Biography & Discography: Victor Besange Lokuli Longomba". Afrisson. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d RetroAfric (2003). "Mose Se 'Fan Fan':'Belle Epoque'". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b Ngaira, Amos (11 May 2019). "British record firm to help fly back Mose Fan Fan's remains". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ Brian Okoth (4 May 2019). "Veteran Congolese musician Mose Fan Fan dies in Nairobi". Nairobi: Citizen Digital. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b Simon Ndonga (4 May 2019). "Congolese musician 'Fan Fan' dies in Nairobi". Nairobi: 98.4 Capital FM. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  9. ^ Amos Ngaira (23 April 2019). "Musician Simaro to be buried in Kinshasa on May 5". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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