Veteran Congolese singer Josky Kiambukuta died at a hospital in Kinshasa, the DR Congo, after a long illness.

Josky was one of the few surviving members of the legendary TPOK Jazz.

According to close associates of the family, he died at Ngaliema Hospital, where he was taken a few days ago for a routine check-up following a case of fatigue.

Singer Erick Mpoyi and Hellen Winnie Arika, who are both close family friends, confirmed the news, saying they had been in touch with Josky’s widow, Maman Sera.

The 72-year-old singer, also known as “Le Commandant”, was one of the most prolific members of the TPOK Jazz ensemble that the legendary Luambo Luanzo Makiadi led for many years.

His illustrious musical career with TPOK Jazz dates back to 1974, when he was among the top vocalists in the DR Congo.

Popular songs

Josky’s popular compositions such as “KSK” and “Mabi’ have been trending on social media since the news of his death broke. His other popular songs include “Bimansha”, “Chandra”, “Sincerite”, “Fariya” and “Missile”.

Some of those he sang alongside include “Lola Checain”, “Djo Mpoyi’, ‘Ntesa Dalienst”, ‘Wuta Mayi”, “Ndombe Opetum”, “Sam Mangwana” and “Madilu System”.

Speaking to the Nation on Sunday, veteran singer and band leader Kiamuangana Mateta Verkys said funeral plans will be announced following consultations between the family and other musicians.