Rigo Star

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Rigobert Bamundele, best known as Rigo Star,[1] is an appreciated soukous guitarist and composer from DR Congo, now based in Paris. He has played with several major soukous and world music acts, including Papa Wemba's Viva La Musica, Bozi Boziana's Anti-Choc, Kanda Bongo Man, Koffi Olomide, Kelele, Kékélé, and Paul Simon. His name is mostly associated with Congolese female singer M'bilia Bel, with whom he collaborated almost exclusively throughout the 1990s.[2] He has also released a few solo works, including the 1998 album Attention! with Sam Mangwana on vocals.[3]

Partial discography[edit]


  • Got the Feeling (1997)[4]
  • Attention! (1998)[5]
  • Ne refuse pas (1985)[6]

With M'bilia Bel[edit]

  • Phénomène (1988)
  • Ironie (1993)

With Koffi Olomide[edit]

  • Aia ai ai la bombe eclate[7]

With Bozi Boziana's Anti-Choc[edit]

  • Coupe Monte[8]
  • Pere Noel Confiance[8]

With Paul Simon[edit]


  1. ^ Not to be confused with Ringo Starr. Notice that Rigo Star's name is sometimes misspelled "Ringo"; for example, in the liner notes of Paul Simon's The Rhythm of the Saints, as well as on the cover of Star's Ne refuse pas.
  2. ^ Kekele
  3. ^ Stephin Merritt, Rigo Star and Ringo Starr
  4. ^ Got the Feeling at Amazon
  5. ^ Attention! at Amazon
  6. ^ Ne refuse pas
  7. ^ Aia ai ai la bombe eclate
  8. ^ a b The Beat vol. 3 Archived 2010-08-10 at the Wayback Machine