Tabu Ley Rochereau is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of the electric-guitar-motored soukous style of African pop, which fused Cuban and African-American influences with Congolese rhythms. Credited with writing more than 2,000 songs for himself and other artists, Rochereau left Zaire in 1989 to escape harassment from the Mobutu Sese Seko regime, and he’s since lived in France and the U.S. Rochereau and his 14-piece Orchestra Afrisa International play this Saturday at 10:30 PM at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln; local band Dhamba 8 opens. Admission is $12. Call 404-9494 for more.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Phillip Gould.