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Franco and Urbandub
From the Promoter
François Luambo Makiadi Lokanga La Djo Péné (6 July 1938 -12 October 1989) better known as Franco Luambo or simply Franco was a national figure in 20th century Congolese popular music.
Franco founded and led the Orchestre T.P.O.K. Jazz from 1956 until his death in 1989. Originators of the modern Congolese sound, Franco revolutionized modern African music, releasing hundreds of records, training hundreds of musicians and achieving an African super-star status. Known for his mastery of Rumba, he was nicknamed the "Sorcerer of the Guitar" for his seemingly effortlessly fluid playing.
Urbandub is a Filipino rock band from Cebu City, Philippines. Since its inception in 2000, the band's line-up has consisted of Gabby Alipe (vocals, guitar), John Dinopol (guitar, vocals), and Lalay Lim (bass, vocals). The band's current drummer is JanJan Mendoza, who has been with the band since 2003.
Urbandub is the first indie band in the Philippines to release albums nationwide with the assistance of a major label. The label also featured Urbandub in a Pinoy rock compilation entitled "FULL VOLUME", with a remake of Sade’s "No Ordinary Love". The band recently garnered the attention of fans throughout Southeast Asia with a recent tour in Singapore.