Artist Profiles: Abby Surya Djai

Abby Surya Djai
Abby Surya Djai

Abby Surya, from Kinshasa (D. R. Congo) started her career in 1984, alongside the well known Congolese female singer Abeti Masikini. The Redoutable, name of Abeti’s band was the school that trained Abby Surya Djai.

Soon after leaving the Redoutable, Abyy was sought after by famous Congolese singers who wanted to sing with her. Some of these famous singers included: Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Sam Mangwana, Lwambo Franco, Papa Kalle, Tshala Muana, Mbilia Bel, Maika Munan, Suzy Kaseya, Aurlus Mabele, Mayaula Mayoni, Carlito Lasa, Lokua Kanza, and even Tabu Ley.


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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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