He played in the group Grand Kalle et l'African Jazz when he was 14 years old. He and singer Tabu Ley Rochereau later founded L'Orchestra African Fiesta, which garnered a huge following.
His Belgian record label eventually fell apart, and he largely retired from music in the mid-1970s.
His family was from Mikalayi, Belgian Congo. They were incredibly musical.
He was visited by Jimi Hendrix while the legendary Guitarist was touring Paris.