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September 3, 1957 |
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Origin||Los Angeles, United States|
|Genres||Salsa, soukous, kizomba|
|Associated acts||Makina Loca|
Lemvo grew up in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and moved to the United States at age 15 to continue his education. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
In 1990, he formed the band Makina Loca. His first album, Tata Masamba, was released in 1996. Lemvo and Makina Loca appeared in the 1998 movie Dance With Me starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne.
His family is from M'banza-Kongo in northern Angola. His grandfather, João Mantantu Dundulu N'lemvo, was a Baptist pastor who worked with British missionaries in the 1880s. He was also the first Angolan to translate the English Bible into Kikongo.
- 1998 - Mambo Yo Yo (Putumayo World Music)
- 1999 - São Salvador (Putumayo World Music)
- 2003 - Ay Valeria!
- 2007 - Isabela
- 2009 - Retrospectiva
- 2014- La Rumba SoYo
- Lemvo's biography from the Makina Loca website
- "Yola Semedo arrecada quatro prémios no Angola Music Awards". Noticias ao Minuto. Retrieved 3 July 2015.