Maestro DIANGIENDA WABASOLELE ARMAND
Maestro Diangienda Wabasolele Armand was born on January 12th, 1964. He never attended a music school. Entirely self-taught, he was playing the piano at age five and today his knowledge encompasses almost all of the instruments of classical and modern music. He is the grandson of Simon Kimbangu, founder of Kimbanguism, one of the major religion of Africa.
In 1992, Diangienda created L'Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, the first all-black symphony orchestra in the world and the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa. His compositions include the symphony "Souffle de Vérité” and "Symphony in A Minor” both of which retain influences of African culture. Maestro Diangienda Armand has built his symphony orchestra from the ground up, literally transforming his home into a make-shift conservatory. Full of self-taught musicians, many of whom travel two hours by foot for rehearsals and play on home-made instruments. This orchestra’s very existence provides hope and promotes peace and unity in a country full of poverty and war. Diangienda was the focus of a recent CBS-60 Minutes profile and the recipient of the inaugural Charles Ansbacher "Music for All” Award. Maestro Armand currently reside in Kinshasa RDCongo, he is married and has 4 children, 3 boys and one girl. He is former proffessional commercial pilot and graduated from Belgium. He received his commercial pilot license from Florida. He dedicates most his time doing music and farming. Being the descant of Simon Kimbangu, automatically puts him in the foot step of his Grand parent and parent. He is the Founder and Conductor of the OSK.