Jean Serge Essous (1935-2009)

Jean Serge Essous, UNESCO Artist for Peace

Born in 1935, Jean Serge Essous was a Congolese saxophonist and clarinetist, and the cofounder of the Afrika Team; the band Bantous de la Capital; OK Jazz and the Orchestre Rock a Mambo.

During his professional career as a Jazzman, Jean Serge Essous performed in several African, European and Latin America countries. He also closely collaborated with Manu Dibango, UNESCO Artist for peace.

Jean Serge Essous was designated as a UNESCO Artist for peace on October 11, 2006, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the UNESCO’s ideal.

Jean Serge Essous passed away on 25 November 2009.

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