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The Sebene is a kind of instrumental bridge typically executed on the electric guitar and is a characteristic element of the Congolese rumba. The development of the sebene in congolese music has been credited to both François Luambo MakiadiFranco Luambo and congolise-born guitarist-producer Plamedi Faustino, but it predates both of them with Congolese guitarist Henri Bowane being the reputed inventor in the 1940s.[1] In the sebene, one or more guitarists repeat short phrases, while the lead player improvises around the theme.


  1. ^ Franco de Mi Amor, Robert Christgau, The Village Voice, July 3, 2001

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