Tabu Ley Rochereau, a Congolese singer, songwriter, and bandleader whose music spread across Africa and the world, died Nov. 30 in Brussels.
His son Marc Tabu confirmed the death on his Facebook page. Mr. Tabu, who was 73 or 76 — sources differ — had never fully recovered from a stroke in 2008.
Mr. Tabu’s voice, a high tenor, was always sweetly urbane, whether he was singing of love, his Christian beliefs, or social issues. From the 1960s into the ’90s, he led one of the two top bands playing soukous, the Congolese rumba that became popular across Africa.
He wrote and recorded thousands of songs, and as a bandleader he widely expanded the sound of soukous, infusing it with African rhythms and elements of international pop. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.