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Madilu System

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  • Formed: Léopoldville, Belgian Congo
  • Disbanded: Kinshasa, Congo
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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Vocalist Madilu was widely regarded as superstar Franco's favorite singer, joining OK Jazz for a short time in the mid-'80s before becoming a solo star. He is also in demand as a session vocalist, singing on many late-'80s recordings. He rejoined OK Jazz in 1990.


Jean de Dieu Makiese (28 May 1952 - 11 August 2007), popularly known as Madilu System, was a soukous singer and songwriter, born in Léopoldville, Belgian Congo - what is today known as Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was once a member of the seminal soukous band TPOK Jazz which dominated the Congolese scene from 1960s the through the 1980s.

^ Obituary, The Independent, 22 September 2007

Music career[edit]

Beginning as a teenager in 1969, Madilu sang with "Orchestre Symba", "Orchestre Bambula", headed by Papa Noel, and with "Festival des Maquisards", led by Sam Mangwana. Madilu later formed his own band known as "Orchestre Bakuba Mayopi".

However, it was not until Madilu teamed up with Franco, that he became a Congolese and International star. Franco is the one who nicknamed him Madilu System, a name that stuck. Madilu's first hit with TPOK Jazz was “Mamou (Tu Vois),” which became a hit in 1984. That was followed by Madilu's own composition for the band, “Pesa Position.” Then came “Mario” and “Reponse de Mario” in 1985 and perhaps the best of the Franco-Madilu duets, “La Vie des Hommes” in 1986.

Following the death of Franco, TPOK Jazz stopped making music for one year. Then the group came together again with Madilu as one of the leaders. In the years that followed, he was a key participant in several of the band’s reunions, both on-stage and in the studio. Madilu went on to establish a lucrative solo career. He relocated his residence to Paris, France and later, Geneva, Switzerland, while maintaining a large fan base in his hometown of Kinshasa.

At the beginning of August 2007, Madilu travelled to Kinshasa to shoot videos for his new songs. He collapsed on Friday, August the 10, 2007. He was taken to the University Hospital in Kinshasa, where he died the next morning, Saturday 11 August 2007.

^ The Music Career of Madilu System