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Maurice Poto

Record producer, Guitarist, Pianist, Song writer, Singer
Maurice Poto was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (RDC), in 1962. As a child, he moved to Brussels and at the age of eight, he started playing percussions and piano. At the age of 13, he got his first guitar and as a teen-ager, he played the hits of artists like, James Brown and Stevie Wonder in a local band.
In 1983 he moved to Paris, where he met Papa Wemba, with whom he did five albums between 1984 and 2001, including Emotion, 1995, Real World. He composed the music, played guitar, keyboards and bass in Papa Wemba's albums.

His interest for jazz grows in those years, especially for afro-jazz.
In 1985 he plays keyboards in Tam Tam pour Ethiopia , with Mori Kante, Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, Toure Kunda, etc.
In 1987, Crammed Records publish the single Bolingo, written, composed and sung by Maurice Poto, a World/Dance song, re-published on six World Music compilations during the 80's and the 90's, including Spirits of Nature (4), 1998, Virgin.

In 1989 he begins to work as a record producer with the album Yalil by Amina Annabi. He compose the music and play keyboards. Later, in 1992, they worked together again on the album Wa di yé. In 1988 he also does the arrangements and the keyboards of Zoukman Taw by Bod Guibert. In Paris he also met Zaiko Langa Langa, with whom he does three albums, as
co-producer, arranger, and key boards player, in 1989, 1995 and 2004. In 1990 he moves to Los Angeles, USA, where he meets and play with many artists, but, as he had previously signed a 3 years contract in Bruxelles, he returns to Europe after one year. In 1998 he produce the album Swahili Songs by Chebli, with whom he does later the album Promesses, in 2002 and Jua in 2008. In 1998 he also produced the album Attaque Defence by Martial Prince and in 2003, the album On ne vit qu’une fois by Singuila.