Blog November 30, 2016
Happy Birthday Pépé Kallé

Today, Nov. 30, 2016, Pépé Kallé would have been 65 years old. Also known affectionately by his fans as l'Eléphant de la Musique Africaine (the Elephant of African Music) in his home of the Democratic Republic of Congo and throughout the world, Pepe Kalle was a soukous giant, quite literally, during his short 46 years of life. He stood at 6' 3'' and weighed over 300 pounds, and inspired audiences to dance with his commanding voice and his band's intoxicating arrangements. It's only right that Pépé Kallé is remembered today for his astounding catalog of music with this playlist below. Dance, sing along, and enjoy the music of one of Congo's biggest stars.

YouTube playlist

Read more: Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Pepe Kalle