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Congolese music pioneer Pascal Tabu Ley, 73, died in Brussels on Saturday. His son, Charles Tabu, has affirmed that Ley was suffering from complexities of diabetes.
In fact, he was admitted in hospital for past many days and was in a coma. There is no denying in that fact that is a great loss for the fans of Ley who are present across the world and used to acknowledge him as `Seigneur (Lord) Tabu Ley Rochereau'.
Ley was considered to be one of the greatest Congolese musicians ever. He was the one who has pioneered Congolese rumba, musical genre. Ley was born on November 13, 1940 at Bandundu.
His singing talent got revealed when he started singing in school choirs in churches. From beginning, Ley was quite hard working. It was in 1950s that Ley formally started singing and has sung with Grand Kalle, who is considered to be the father of modern Congolese music.
Getting such a huge break is considered to be his first big success. He then later was known as Seigneur on stage. Brining innovation into work was something that was present within him. He introduced the Congolese rumba to the world.
Ley's life work and music will be honored at a state funeral, which will take place in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.