BIOGRAPHY of FABRICE MUKUNA
Author, composer, saxophonist, singer, percussionist
Recording of a single Saï Saï in the Moliere Theater on 14th August 2020
Bozar concert for the Independence Day of Congo (30 June 2020)
Winner of the Matonge Sounds contest (March 2020)
selection made by Peter Van Rompaey (Muziekpublique), Tony Vandereycken (Bozar), Pappy Muntu (musician), Talike Gelle (musician)
Now in Europe
In 2017 Fabrice met Fabienne Penninck (his future manager and producer) in Kinshasa where they played the saxophone together at a wedding. Fabienne arranged for Fabrice to come to Belgium so that he could evolve in his career and learn the harmony of jazz.
Shortly after he arrived in Brussels, Fabrice began to take music lessons and soon began to write his own music, ranging from jazz fusion, afrojazz, salsa, rumba to worldmusic. He mixes his European knowledge with African rhythms and South American music.
Since arriving in Belgium Fabrice has met a number of great Belgian jazz musicians as well as international musicians such as Philippe Catherine, Yvan Paduart and Richard Bona in Paris. He has worked on his music with Fabrice Alleman, Olivier Collette and Mathieu Robert.
The day after his arrival in Belgium, Fabrice played with Rodriguez Vangama at the University of Ghent, and a few months later he played in the Bozar at the Afropolitan show. In the summer of 2018 he took part in the Francofolies de Spa and various other music festivals around Belgium.
Fabrice plays regularly in different jazz clubs in Brussels, such as the Music Village, the Sound, the Jazz station, the Time Out Pub.
On November 21, 2019 he recorded his first EP at the Jet Studio and he is now preparing his album. He is also preparing a flash mob dance in Brussels which will accompany the release of a single in May.
Before in Africa
Fabrice was born on 9 May 1995 in Mbuji-Mayi to Congolese parents.
At the age of 8 he played the drums for church services and started travelling to play music with the church from a very young age. At the age of 12 he left home to live alone in Kinshasa. He lived in the church where he learnt to play the guitar. At the age of 16 or 17 he started to direct a Gospel choir. The church financed his studies at the Institut National des Arts et du Spectacle I.N.A.S. where he shared a saxophone with 7 other musicians.
His first appearance on stage was at the Wallonie Bruxelles centre in Kinshasa.
After leaving the church Fabrice went to live with Mike Kalambay, a well-known Gospel musician in Congo, and other musicians. Together with Mike, Fabrice travelled throughout Africa, even playing at the stadium of Lubumbashi.
At the age of 20 he started playing jazz thanks to Paul Leperc Ngoyi and his group Jafrozz and took part in several jazz festivals, notably in Kinshasa and Brazzaville with them.
He really is one of the young talents of Kinshasa. All of his music is played by ear, practically without scores.