NEGRO BAND

Le Negro Band was formed in Brazzaville in 1958, by Max Massengo. The elder branch of the family, they adopted folkloric rhythms on the guitar but kept a latin influence in the horns. Their clarinet and sax leads dominated the sound of the 60s. They recorded at Esengo along with Rock'a Mambo and other bands. A year later the star members of Rock'a Mambo, Essous, Malapet and Pandi, persuaded Edo, Celestin and De la Lune, the Brazzavillians in OK Jazz, to join them in a new project, Orchestre Bantou. It appears that the Negro Band was as much a house band at Esengo as Rock'a Mambo, as various singers fronted the group, as will be seen from this list. Lucie Yenga, Vicky, Brazzos and Djeskin sang with them.

ALBUMS

LE NEGRO BAND A PARIS

From their base "Chez Faignon" in Brazza Negro Band took Paris by storm in 1968, the year of the student uprisings, appearing on television and cutting the classic album A TOUT CASSER ("Everything crash") and twenty other tracks in a marathon session. The line-up of Le Negro Band on this Paris date was Max Massengo, sax, flute, leader; Pierre Loukouamoussou, sax, clarinet; Terzieff Diop, sax, clarinet; Willy Stany, solo guitar; Nguema Nini, accompanying guitar; Louvouezo Grégoire, bass; Robert Massengo, tumbas; Tombe Rubin Major, drums; and three vocalists: Démon Kasanaut, Maurice M'bongolo, and Jean-Marie Foussikou. (As some of those names appear to be Senegalese, perhaps they created a pan-African band in the French capital?).


LE NEGRO BAND A PARIS
a tout casser

Pathé C054-15054
Stenco - STX 196 S
A1: Anto na buaki bipale (Nézy) rumba
A2: Na boyi bakutukulu (Boybanda Michel) rumba
A3: Andu (Boybanda Michel) rumba
A4: Bernadette asombi serieux (Terzieff Diop) Soukouma
B1: Gillette ya le 4 mai (Boybanda Michel) Soukouma
B2: Vanda na ye soki bolingani (M'bongolo Maurice) rumba
B3: Liwumanshi (Nézy) rumba
B4: Mabe ya famille (Louvouezo Grégoire) rumba
B5: Ngai nabota muana (Kasanaut Démon) soukous


MAX MASSENGO & LE NEGRO BAND (LP Pathé C062-15769 1976)
A1: Masseke (Demon Kasanaut)
A2: Affaire (Max Massengo)
A3: Na n'dimi mobali (Demon Kasanaut)
A4: Mokono Antoine (Demon Kasanaut)
B1: Louisa tobokolo bana (Demon Kasanaut)
B2: Tokabwana malembe (Boybanda Michel) Bolero
B3: Bongo ya fami (Max Massengo)
B4: Francoise (Loussala Hilaire) Rumba
* A3 & B1 released as a 45 by Pathé PF 11578
B2 & B4 released as Pathé PF 11679


NEGRO BAND (A TOUT CASSER) VOL 1, 2
(P)1969; Reissue 1977 (Pathé 2C 150-15971/2)
Disc 1:
A1: Sapato (Demon Casano)
A2: Journal Dipanda (Demon Casano)
A3: Mokili Ekonigana (Massengo Rigobert)
A4: Monique M. T. (Massengo Rigobert)
B1: Alice (Nezy)
B2: Cherie Akei in boka mama (Tintin & Nezy)
B3: Una noche negro (Max Massengo)
B4: Oye me (Max Massengo)
B5: Nayebakite (Max Massengo)
B6: Mbutsana (Max Massengo)
B7: Mado (Nezy)
B8: Celosa (Nezy)
Disc 2:
A1: Anto na buaki bipale (Nézy)
A2: Na boyi bakutukulu (Boybanda Michel)
A3: Andu (Boybanda Michel)
A4: Bernadette asombi serieux (Terzieff Diop)
B1: Gillette ya le 4 mai (Boybanda Michel)
B2: Vanda na ye soki bolingani (M'bongolo Maurice)
B3: Liwumanshi (Nézy)
B4: Mabe ya famille (Louvouezo Grégoire)
B5: Ngai nabota muana (Démon Casano)

N.B. Disc two is a reissue of A PARIS: A TOUT CASSER

ESENGO SINGLES of NEGRO BAND before 1964

The Esengo catalogue dates from early 1963 therefore it is possible to identify the exact recording times of some of the songs, assuming they released 6 discs a month from their inception in January 1957 through the appearance this catalogue.

Catalog #

Title

Composer

Date

Notes

199a Koboya ngai te (Rumba Lingala) Hello - Lili et orchestra Negro Band ca. Jan 1960
199b Mi nuevo rythmo (Cha cha Espagnol) Hello - Lili et orchestra Negro Band
521a Lilala na ngai (Cha cha Espagnol/Lingala) Hello Negro Band ca. Dec. 1961
521b Angelique wa ngai (Rumba Lingala) Hello Negro Band
523a Yo no se ( Rumba Lingala) Max Negro Band
523b Mama mokonzi (Rumba Lingala) Max Negro Band
524a Tete Michel (Cha cha Espagnol) Michel et Negro Band
524b Mabanzo na pointe noir (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band
526a Yo so negro (Cha cha Espagnol) Nezy et Negro Band
526b Loba na somba (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
527a Si quiere Rocka (Cha cha Espagnol) Lily et Negro Band
527b Pete ya souvenir (Rumba Lingala) Lily et Negro Band
529a Bou maa (Cha cha Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et orchestre Negro Band
529b Naleli mama (Rumba Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et orchestre Negro Band
531a Esuch'Amigo (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
531b Negro lofunde te (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
532a Bolingo Rosalie (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band ca. Feb 1962
532b Paresse bobo (Cha cha Espagnol) Demon et Negro Band
533a Maria Brigitte (Rumba Lingala) Gogene et Negro Band
533b Venga baila cha cha cha (Cha cha Espagnol) Gogene et Negro Band
539a Chauffez Negro Band (Cha cha Lingala) Lily et Negro Band ca. Mar 1962
539b Vespa po no mbongo (Rumba Lingala) Lily et Negro Band
541a Yo no (Cha cha Espagnol) Michel et Negro Band
541b Salvore (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band
545a Amor mio (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
545b Marie nabanzi yo (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
551a Minerve (Cha cha Espagnol) Nezy et Negro Band
551b Nezy alali mama (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
552a Mi Marie amor (Cha cha Espagnol) Max, Baguin et Negro Band
552b Naleli mama na ngambo (Rumba Lingala) Max, Baguin et Negro Band
553a Tropic ekolonguisa (Rumba Lingala) Demon, Lily et Negro Band
553b Lily, l'inconnu (Cha cha Espagnol) Demon, Lily et Negro Band
554a A mi amor (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band ca. May 1962
554b Beauzard aleli mimi (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.1a Itoua yo mabo (Bolero Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band ca. June 1962
62.1b Baguin mosika (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.2a A si si (Cha cha Espagnol) Baguin et Negro Band
62.2b Kaka mbongo (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.15a Baguin de la vida (Cha cha Espagnol) Baguin et Negro Band
62.15b Bambanda bayini Negro (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.18a Yamokalo (Cha cha Budja) Liengo et Negro Band ca. Sept 1962
62.18b Bana pause Brazza (Rumba Lingala) Liengo et Negro Band
62.19a Mosi moye (Cha cha Kingwandi) Max et Negro Band
62.19b Nalingi tovanda (Rumba Lingala) Max et Negro Band
62.20a Chi chi la Monica (Cha cha Espagnol) Baguin et Negro Band
62.20b Negro catalogue (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.21a Angelique bella mambo (Cha cha Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.21b Jacqueline (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.22a Brazza et son ciel clair (Cha cha Espagnol) Nezy et Negro Band
62.22b Matsombe president (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.23a Elongi na yo lokola poupee (Cha cha Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.23b Pembele (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.24a Angelica cha cha cha (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux, Demon et Negro Band ca. Oct 1962
62.24b Mawa mingi (Rumba Lingala) Michaux, Demon et Negro Band
62.25a Nabanzi bilubi (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
62.25b Bailo mobe (Cha cha Espagnol) Demon et Negro Band
62.27a Mi velo cha cha cha (Rumba Lingala) Max, Demon et Negro Band
62.27b Lokumu ya Negro Band (Rumba Lingala) Max, Demon et Negro Band
62.28a Bolingo Louise (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.28b La belle Violette (Cha cha Espagnol) Baguin et Negro Band
62.29a Maria rico e emambo (Cha cha Espagnol) Hello, Nezy et Negro Band
62.29b Naboyi bilobela (Rumba Lingala) Hello, Nezy et Negro Band
62.39a Denise akei libala (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band ca. Nov 1962
62.39b Atiki ngai na posa (Bolero Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
62.40a Max cha cha (Cha cha Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.40b Kolimwa ngaite (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.41a Para ti cha cha (Cha cha Espagnol) Michel et Negro Band
62.41b Nakolanda cherie (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band
62.42a Mosi moye (Cha cha Kingwandi) Max Clary, Demon et Negro Band
62.42b Ya kobomba mabe (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary, Demon et Negro Band
62.43a Merengue Lily (Merengue Kilari) Lily, Nezy et Negro Band
62.43b Margot moke (Rumba Lingala) Lily, Nezy et Negro Band
62.44a Una noche negro (Cha cha Espagnol) Max Clary, Baguin et Negro Band
62.44b Botika likunia (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary, Baguin et Negro Band
62.45a Bolingo ansina (Bolero Lingala) Michel et Negro Band ca. Dec 1962
62.45b Ngai mawa (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band
62.46a Santa Amelia (Cha cha Italien) Sadrack, Baguin et Negro Band
62.46b Pasi ya mokili (Rumba Lingala) Sadrack, Baguin et Negro Band
62.47a Kaimba moke (Rumba Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et Negro Band
62.47b Cherie akei mboka mawa (Rumba Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et Negro Band
62.48a Polygamie (Bolero Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
62.48b Musicien Asambwa (Bolero Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
62.49a Sopa le pichon (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
62.49b Okonzaga te (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.50a Mwasi bolole (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.50b Accuricadita (Cha cha Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.51a Motema epai na yo mama (Rumba Lingala) Sadrack et Negro Band
62.51b Television (Cha cha Espagnol) Sadrack et Negro Band
62.52a Cuando sabe (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
62.52b Mobali moko na libota (Bolero Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.53a Taloulou tika banzela nakoboya (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary, Michaux et Negro Band
62.53b Mbi fa mo wali (Cha cha Kingwandi) Max Clary, Michaux et Negro Band
62.54a Communique no 1 (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.54b Asenga ngai mbongo (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.55a Nyoso se mosala (Bolero Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.55b Me voy a Pinda (Cha cha Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.56a Tolingi tembe (Rumba Lingala) Michaux, Demon et Negro Band
62.56b Etoile muziki ya Negro (Rumba Lingala) Michaux, Demon et Negro Band
62.45a Bolingo ansina (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band February 1963
62.45b Ngai mawa (Rumba Lingala) Michel et Negro Band
62.61a Tembe ya mavula (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Band
62.61b Nkwezi Kubanzandi (Cha cha Kilari) Nezy et Negro Band
62.62a Oye me (Pachanga Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.62b Nonzemba pasi na mwana (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.69a Georgette naleli yo (Rumba Lingala) Lucie Yenga et Negro Band
62.69b Adoula (Rumba Lingala) Lucie Yenga et Negro Band
62.55a Nyonso se mosala (Bolero Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band March 1963
62.55b Me voy a Pindar (Cha cha Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
62.59a Nazongeli Jospehine (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
62.59b Poy Poy (Cha cha Francais) Demon et Negro Band
62.60a Annie nakozonga (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.60b Guajira (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
62.47a Kaimba moke (Rumba Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et Negro Band April 1963
62.47b Cherie akei mboka mama (Rumba Lingala) Tintin, Nezy et Negro Band
62.63a Duerme mi vida (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
62.63b Michel asengi telephone (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.64a Merengue Pachito (Merengue Espagnol) Baguin et Negro Band
62.64b Ndako na ngai ekomi (Rumba Lingala) Baguin et Negro Band
62.65a Nabela te (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
62.65b A noche (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
63.70a Bateki ngai (Rumba Lingala) Max Clary et Negro Band May 1963
63.70b Sacado candela (Pachanga Espagnol) Max Clary et Negro Band
63.71a Equipment complet (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
63.71b Chocolate (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
63.72a Mama nakoya (Rumba Lingala) Jean Raph et Negro Band
63.72b Canalla (Cha cha Espagnol) Jean Raph et Negro Band
63.73a Odimaka te (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
63.73b Tika kokanga banzela (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
63.74a Mbongo ya zando pasi (Bolero Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
63.74b Zozo moke (Rumba Lingala) Demon et Negro Band
63.75a Courant tata ya bisu (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band
63.75b Gunrare (Cha cha Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
63.76a La Malanga (Pachanga Espagnol) Michaux et Negro Band
63.76b Baguin mosika (Rumba Lingala) Michaux et Negro Band (reissue of 61b)

PATHE SINGLES ON 45:

2C006-15004M
Nganga Mobongisa (rumba)
b/w Kindumba Mombongo te (rumba)

2C006-15005M
Mado ndima mokumba (rumba)
b/w Gilette ya le 4 Mai (soukouma)

2C006-15006M
Ya Marie (cha-cha)
b/w Marie Hélène (rumba)

2C006-15007M
Toyota mpo na Josephine (rumba)
b/w Para gozar Belen (cha-cha)

2C006-15011M
Pascaline na Libreville (soukous)
b/w Nalembi vie ya bondumba (rumba-soukous)

2C006-15012M
Osalisi soni na ba boti (rumba)
b/w Nita felicidad (guaracha)

2C006-15036M
Pas Moyen (soukouma)
b/w Nono batela bana (rumba)

2C006-15037M
Bolingo Ida (soukous)
b/w A.B.B. le Rénovateur (rumba)

2C006-15044M
Mobali yokela ngai (rumba)
b/w Evelyne (rumba)

2C006-15045M
Nakanisa Akobika (rumba)
b/w Luciana (rumba)

2C006-15052
Catherine Kasanaut
b/w Club a Tout Casser

2C006-92494 Motema makembo mingi
b/w Owelaki nini by Michel Boybanda et son orchestre

2C006-92495 Mokili
b/w Bolingo spontanée by Michel Boybanda et son orchestre

2C006-15078 Bolingo Pauline
b/w Mayou Cecile by orch Negro-Band

2C006-15079 Bilombe ya motopi
b/w Na kokoma sage by orch Negro-Band

2C006-15080 Libala ekoti ndoki
b/w Merengue à la tou casser by orch Negro-Band

2C006-15107 Marceline Bosana Bambanda
b/w Mimi Marceline by orch Negro-Band

2C006-15108 Yomba Emilie
b/w Est-ce que ma boya zemi by orch Negro-Band

Pathé 11 536
Sapato
b/w Journal dipanda

Pathé 11 537
Mokili ekoningana
b/w Merengue M.T.

Pathé 11 578
Na N'dimi mobali
b/w Louisa tobokolo bana

Pathé 11 579
Tokabwana malembe (bolero)
b/w Francoise (rumba)


CBS Serie Gemini 3458 (late 60s)
Ata bokofinga
b/w Les Trois Glorieux

Mokili ekoningana (Demon Kasanaut)
on Sonodisc LP Merveilles du Passé 360.153
along with "Journal dipanda"

Sapato (Unknown catalogue no)
Sango ya kokamwa
By N'Guemanini et l'Orchestre Negro Band
(Africambiance France 1960)

Helene (rumba) Nezzy & l'orchestre Negro-Band b/w Koutela by Tintin & l'orchestre Negro-Band
(Disques Africambiance France AA14 - Fe 10.629)

Two stray tracks found by Zim Bida in the British Library catalogue of Radio Congo tapes donated by Mose Fan Fan:
Monoko ya baboti (Helo)
Performers: Nezy, Michaux, Demon; Goby (contrabasse); Baguin (guitar); Genre: Rumba; Recording date: 1957-1959, Esengo studio, Leopoldville [Kinshasa] Matrix number: CM 10004-1

Nasala boni (Nezy)
Performers: Nezy (singer, male); Michaux (singer, male); Demon (singer, male); Baguin (guitar); Goby (double bass); Genre: Rumba; Recording date: 1957-1959, Esengo studio, Leopoldville [Kinshasa] Matrix number: CM10006-1

MAX MASSENGO & NEGRO BAND (SAF 1520 7")
Peuple na Olympia
Assassia

45:
NEGRO BAND No 1

A1: Wa Nakutela (afro-cha cha)
B1: Antoine Kitunga (rumba)


EP:
NEGRO BAND

(recorded in Abidjan at Pan-Sonor Studios; Planéte PL2)
A1: Affaire (boucher)
A2: Mondembe Sakola (pachanga)
B1: Sapato (boucher)
B2: Le premier Ivoirien (boucher)


EP:

NEGRO BAND No 3
(Stenco NB 4073)
Na ko kondo mpo na yo (rumba)
N'gumbi ya lembo nsala (afro cha cha)
Massamba Joseph temoin (rumba)
Nezy ni koue Landi (afro cha cha)


EP:

NEGRO BAND No 4
(Stenco NB 4092 (m))
A1: Mela mpe kanisa (rumba)
A2: Josephine nalingui yo (rumba)
B1: Na lingi se yo (pachanga)
B2: Tembe na nani (rumba)
B3: Le soleil la nature (rumba et pachanga)


EP:

NEGRO BAND No 5
(Stenco NB 4099M France 1967?)
A1: Ahora las mariposas (Afro cha cha)
A2: Bailar con negro (pachanga)
B1: Mabe na ngai basi bayeba (rumba)
B2: Bomonela ngai te (rumba)


EP:

NEGRO BAND
(Columbia ESDF1442; Enregistrement Esengo - Congo Lèopoldville)
A1: Pasi ya mokili (rumba) Baguin & Negro Band
A2: Santa ame (cha cha cha) Sadrack & Negro Band
B1: Moisi moye (rumba) Max & Negro Band
B2: Nalingi tovanda (rumba) Max & Negro Succés


EP:

MAX CLARY/TINTIN NEZY & ORCHESTRE NEGRO BAND
(Columbia ESDF1591)
A1: Una Noche negro (Clary) cha cha cha
A2: Oye me (Clary) pachanga
B1: Alice (Nezy) rumba
B2: Chérie, akei mboka mama (Nezy) rumba


EP:

NEGRO BAND NO 7
Nouvelle formation 1967
i.e. New line-up
(Stenco NB 4105 France 1967)
A1: Negro muendo nkola (mark clary) 2.48
A2: Ebele ya makambo (baguin) 2.48
B1: Nita felicida (ibrahim terzieff) 2.50
B2: Bayanbaka ngai (n'guemanini) 2.38
(enregistré au studio Stenco Brazaville)


EP:

MISSIA, NGUEMANINI, MAX CLARY, LASSO & L'ORCHESTRE NEGRO BAND
(Columbia ESRF 1642)
A1: Succès Negro Band
A2: Caroline
B1: El Ottorino
B2: Les troix glorieux


MP3:

MAX MASSENGO & LE NEGRO-BAND

In 2013 two competing companies put a set of ten tracks on line for download. The sound has not been restored, but they are all rare tracks.
1. Annie bala osepela (Demon Kasanaut) from STENCO 25-4100 L'Afrique Danse sur les rhythmes du Congo
2. Antoine kitunga (on a Stenco 45)
3. Botika likunia (Max Clery, Baguin) Esengo 62.44b
4. Georgette na leli yo (Lucie Yenga) Esengo 62.69a
5. Jolie toilette (previously unknown)
6. La Rosette (previously unknown)
7. M pasi ya mokili (Sadrack, Baguin) Esengo 62.46b
8. Mbounzila kambo kantaboua (previously unknown)
9. Ndako na ngai ekomi wenze (Baguin) Esengo 62.64b
10. Nkwezi ku niongandi (previously unknown)




COMPILATIONS:

L'AFRIQUE DANSE SUR LES RYTHMES DU CONGO
Stenco 25-4100
B2: Annie bala osepela (rumba) (Démon Kasanaut)

CONGO? BOLINGO!
Pathé Marconi CPTX 240.807 [EMI SCXC36]
A1: Journal dipanda (Démon Kasanaut) rumba 1967; also on Merveilles du Passé 360.153
B3: Masseke (Démon Kasanaut) rumba 1968 from Pathé album

EN DIRECT DU CONGO
Pathé Stenco - STX 196 S
B3: Wa baka ku luonandi
B5: Lisuma nini na ngai

AFRICAN MEMORIES
Pathé-Marconi EMI 2 C062-15136; also C062-15810
B2: Baguin de la vida (cha-cha) 3:00 Baguin with Orchestra Negro Band
B3: Bambanda bayini negro (rumba) 2:40 Baguin with Orchestra Negro Band

AFRICAN RETRO Vol 6
Pathé Marconi - EMI 2 C064-15978 P. 1977?
A7: Nunca hebisto (Lily) i.e. "Nunca hay visto"
A8: Mboka oyo (Borisson)



CHAUFFEZ AFRICAN JAZZ
Columbia ESDF 1402 (with Rock-a-Mambo)

A1: Chauffez African jazz (cha cha cha) by Rock-a-Mambo
A2: Besame moucho Jacquelina (rumba) by Rock-a-Mambo
B1: Nunca hebisto (cha cha cha) by Negro Band
B2: Mboya oyo (rumba) by Negro Band

All four tracks included on African Retro vol 6

Updated 22 Feb 20178
Original material copyright 2016-8 by Alastair M. Johnston. All rights reserved.

Esengo catalog courtesy of bolingo.org; thanks to Zim Bida, Alan W, Barry E. & Peter Toll
Crucial info also from Rumba on the River by Gary Stewart, Verso Books, 2000