Lokassa ya Mbongo (Lokassa Kasia, Denis), Congolese guitarist; born Kinshasa, 1946. Lokassa created the Soukous Stars' biggest seller Vol. 1, two medleys of old hits from West and East Africa set to the up-tempo rumba called soukous, earned instant fame for Lokassa and the band. Over his more than thirty years as a musician, Lokassa has become one of the best-known Congolese rhythm guitarists, rivaled only by Bopol and Dechaud.
Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Ballou Canta and Shimita El Diego formed the Soukous Stars with master guitarist Dally Kimoko in 1990. Later on they are joined by Zitany Neil, Shunga Omba (aka Ngouma) and Denise Yondo Kusala. The band performs the latest Congolese grooves and dance crazes from Kinshasa as well as a healthy dose of Rumba Congolaise and know how to keep people's feet on fire all night.