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Ray Lema

From classical music to jazz and traditional Kongo or Gnawa rhythms, pianist Ray Lema plays it all. Born in 1946 in the Congo and brought up in a Protestant family, he was trained in classical music by accompanying the masses. After refusing to compose an opera to the glory of Mobutu, the “King of Zaire”, he flew to Washington. In the land of jazz, he crossed paths with Stewart Copeland, the drummer of The Police, who helped him record his first album. In 1980, he flew to Brussels, then Paris. His plethoric discography mixes genres, collaborations and orchestrations, moving from synths to djembes, from funk to rumba, embodying the concept of the world sound.