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Baba Gaston was born on July 5, 1936 at Likasi, near Lubumbashi in Shaba Province, Eastern DR Congo. He changed his name to Ilunga Chenji Kamanda wa Kamanda Gaston Omer after Mobutu decreed that Zaire nationals replace their Christian names with African ones.
He picked up his early musical training from a Greek pianist, Leonides Rapitis, and had a hit with "Barua kwa Mpenzi Gaston" while he was still in school. When he was 20 he formed the Baba National Orchestre, which he took on an extended tour through Zambia, Zimbabwe and several European countries before becoming one of the first Congolese musicians to settle in East Africa in the early 70s.
Evani Kabila Kabanze, who was later to star with Les Mangelepa, sang with Orchestra Baba Nationale in Lubumbashi. The band used to travel to Kinshasa to record. According to Kabanze, sometime in 1971, because of the poor roads in the Congo, they took the Kisangani route through Kilemi which lies on the Congolese border with Tanzania. But, instead of proceeding to Kinshasa, they decided to enter East Africa, having heard of the region's superb studios.
The band settled in Dar-es-Salaam for four years. They found it cheaper there and built a strong fan base. For recording they would cross the border and travel to Nairobi. But, four years later, in 1975, Baba Gaston decided to move the band to Nairobi when they realised they had an even bigger following there.
Congolese musicians have been making waves in Kenya since the late 1950s. It was the Congolese OS Africa Band that opened Nairobi's famous Starlight Club back in 1964. But it wasn't until the mid-1970s, after the passing of the American soul craze, that music from Zaire began to dominate the city nightclubs. As a composer and band leader, Baba Gaston was prominent in the music scene in Kenya for three decades, and is considered one of the godfathers of Kenyan pop.
He sang mostly in Swahili. His tunes were hugely popular and remain evergreen. "Kakolele Viva Christmas" (lead vocals by Kasongo Wakanema who later joined Super Mazembe) earned him a golden award, selling over 60,000 for Polygram. Other memorable hits were "Ilunga Ilunga," "Kai Kai," and "Mayasa." He rarely dabbled in politics, but a praise song for Mobutu in 1983 earned him a gold disc from the president.
Baba Gaston once proudly claimed he had played with more than 700 musicians and that his band was a virtual training school. There was another side to the statistic, however, as Hanz Kinzl, manager of Phonogram, the second biggest label in Kenya, has said, "Baba is an extraordinary person. He has this fatherly image on him, and I think it's quite genuine. In Africa you're wealthy if you have a big stomach. If you can show that you're a big man then you are also regarded as a rich man and an important personality. Which means that he takes the majority of whatever income his music provides him with, to the dissatisfaction of the band members. Consequently there is hardly any band in Nairobi and Kenya which has broken up as often as Baba's".
Mounting dissatisfaction for two years came to a head in July 1976 when several members including Bwami Walumona, Kasongo Wakanema, Evani Kabila Kabanze (vocalist/composer), Kalenga Nzaazi Vivi (vocalist/composer), Lutulu Kaniki Macky, and Twikale wa Twikale split from Baba Nationale to form Orchestra Les Mangelepa. Other splits led breakaway members to Bwambe Bwambe, Pepelepe, and Viva Makale.
Names that rose to prominence with Baba Gaston include Starzo ya Esta (the force behind Festival du Zaire), BadiBanga wa Tshilumba Kaikai (vocalist/composer, later with Les Mangelepa), Mukala Kanyinda Coco (a.k.a. Mukala wa Mulumba Bebe, from Orch. Mbuta Mbuta, possibly in Orch Bana Sambo with bassist Manitcho, later drummer of Mangelepa, now based in London), Jimmy Kanyinda, Aloni Vangu, Zainabu (later in Shika Shika), Pepe Mato, Yassa Bijouley (now in Mombasa, Kenya), Lisasi Ebale Mozindo, Zengele Saida (of Bana Moja/Bana Ngenge), William Tambwe Lokassa, Kasongo Fundi (drummer and bassist, another Mangelepa member), Kazadi Mbiya Saleh wa Bambu, Medico Bwala, Lukangika Maindusa Moustang (lead guitarist with Mangelepa), Lumwamga Mayombo Ambassedeur (rhythm guitarist with Mangelepa), and Tshimanga Zadios (sax with Mangelepa).
A female vocalist who sang with Gaston was Nana Akumu wa Kudu. She is also remembered for her singing with Pepelepe in Nairobi before joining Franco and OK Jazz in the hit song "Mamou." She still performs in Brussels, backed by her husband Djo Mali and ex-Les Noirs guitarist Dieudos.
Other alumni, who have now died, include John Ngereza (who later led Les Wanyika until his death in February 2000), Shoushou (Tchou Tchou), Lutulu Kaniki Macky (a vocalist/composer), Bosho Kayembe Nyonga (who led Festival Libaku in Nairobi before his death), Tabu Nkotela Kiombwe (who died in Mombasa, Kenya, while in police custody on a theft charge).
Baba Gaston died on March 25, 1997, while living across the border in Tanzania, where he had moved since his retirement from the music scene in 1989. He is buried at the Lang'ata cemetery in Nairobi. A prolific musician and apparently also a prolific father.
collated by Paul Johnston from:
Disclaimer: I claim no credit for any of this writing. It is a collation from the sources mentioned above. If material from other sources has crept in it is unintentional. Please let me know so that I can give credit where it is due. (PMJ/20 Nov 2006). Edited by Peter Toll, 22 March 07.
Peter Toll reports:
Jim Monimambo must have come to Kenya in the mid 1970s [note: See his info in the liner notes to Special Liwanza below]. He might have arrived there in 1975 with Kalombo Mwanza's Orch. Basanga, a band that also included Tabu Batchalinge Ogolla and Loboko Pasi who joined Orch. Boma Liwanza soon after getting to Nairobi. Apparently Orch. Basanga fell apart upon arrival because this is what Loboko Pasi said in an article in The Nation (June 17, 2006):
"I had heard about Franco's tours to Kenya and how he would attract crowds in Nairobi and Kisumu. I was very excited about the tour. I had also heard that Nairobi was the London of East Africa, the land of milk and honey. If I couldn't get to London, I told myself, Nairobi would do," adds Pasi.
In the mid 1970s Monimambo became a singer with Boma Liwanza and a popular one. In 1976 he even started to record with his own band Special Liwanza - which was probably just a studio band made up of members of Boma Liwanza. It seems Jim was still with Boma Liwanza in 1979 when he wrote one of their big hits, "Milimani".
However, around the same time he also started performing with George Kalombo Mwanza's new band Viva Makale and that's where he sang with a Zairean artist who had just returned from Tanzania, Moreno Batambo. Soon after, the two started a new band, Shika Shika, but unfortunately, Moreno wanted to be his own boss, so he moved within a year to form Moja One. I believe Orch. Shika Shika was formed in 1980, the year Moreno's "Maisha Ya Mjini" was recorded.
MONIMAMBO, LOVY & MORENO:
Then the line-up of Shika Shika was:
Almost the same musicians used to record in Moja One of Moreno Batamba: it depended who Moreno wanted to use because in the old days Moja One and Shika Shika were not performing just studio recording."
Moreno (Batamba Wenda Morris), of the deep bass voice, was born in Kisangani, Haut-Zaire province, Congo, in 1955. He quit school in 1971 to join Orchestre Maquis Sasa Bata. He moved to Uganda & in 1974 joined Orchestra Bana Ngenge of singer Jojo Ikomo. Ethan Bloomberg writes: "During a discussion of Orchestre Veve with Samba Mapangala, Bana Ngenge came up. He told me a story of Veve in Uganda (they were wildly popular), and a club owner who later went to Kinshasa and poached some Veve musicians, to perform in Kampala. Bana Ngenge was the group that emerged from this undertaking." Bana Moja or Bana Ngenge (the name depended on who was in charge) moved to Nairobi in the mid-70s and featured, in addition to Jojo Ikomo, Fataki Lokassa, Nsilu Wabansilu Manitcho (ex-Veve bass-player), Lawison Somana (sax), Ochudis, Mandali Otis Musa, Zengele Saida (guitar), Beya Maduma (a.k.a. Moro Maurice, sax player from orch Veve, later a solo artist in Abidjan), & guitar soloist Roxy Tshimpaka (later of Choc Stars, then Zaiko Langa Langa).
Peter Toll adds: the formation which arrived in Kampala in 1974 was fronted by singers Djodjo Ikomo and Fataki Lokassa, both former members of Orch. Tabou National, a band that was founded by Tony Dee Bokito in 1970. After Tony Dee moved to Mbandaka in 1972, several musicians left the band and Ikomo started working with Orch. Veve with whom he recorded his 1973 song "Maina" (Veve 159). Ikomo was also one of the founders of Orch. Bana Modja with whom he released his compostion "Mayatu" (1974).
In 1975, Bana Moja moved to Nairobi, where a number of musicians regrouped under the name Bana Ngenge. Unfortunately, the band split the following year, with Ikomo and Moreno leaving to join Les Noirs. Meanwhile, Fataki Lokassa travelled with a remnant of Bana Ngenge to Tanzania where the band finally collapsed.
The music Bana Ngenge recorded was released in Kenya on a label called Bana Moja. So, although Bana Moja didn't exist as a band from 1975 on (that is, until Ikomo's return to Zaire in the early 1980s), the name still continued as a record label. Apparently, in the old days quite a number of musicians were selling and licensing recordings and running their own label. For example see the many 45 RPMs on Editions Ntimbo by Orch. Sentima, Top Forum & Festival du Zaire. And also Coco Zigo had his own label, Editions Zigo, that released Orch. Bangambo, Shama Shama & Bansomi Lay Lay.
In 1976 when Bana Ngenge broke up, Moreno & Jojo (or Djo Djo) joined Les Noirs and scored a hit with "Tshiku" (on AFRICAN STARS COLLECTION Vol 3). Other members of Les Noirs included Mukaputu Kalemby Kajos, William Tambwe Lokassa (bass), Mankwazi Duki Dieudos & Chuza Kabaselleh. Dieudos left Kenya and returned to Zaire in the early 80s where he played with Tiers Monde, later he moved to Belgium and hooked up with Dalienst. Kuka & Les Noirs scored a hit with "Mungu iko Helena," and Chuza and les Noirs hit with "Sikiya sauce," (composed by Dieudos Makwanzi) both on ANCIENT SUCCES (ASLP 426), dated 1973. (Jojo was later in Empire Bakuba.) Kuka was Mathieu Kuka composer of the classic "BB69" a hit for African Jazz in the 1960s. He was in Kenya with Les Noirs in the 70s but returned to Kinshasa where today he leads Afric'Ambiance.
After the split up of Bana Ngenge in 1976, Fataki Lokassa moved to Tanzania and carried on with other members of the group for a short while. In 1978 Fataki returned to Nairobi where he joined Les Kinois (later Virunga). He died on Dec 11, 2006 in Dar-Es-Salaam. Peter Toll adds: "As for Ikomo, he left Kenya in 1980 and moved back to Zaire. With a new Orch. Bana Modja he made some recordings for the Kinerama label (LP Maya Tu, KR 1007 ) but by the mid 1980s, he had joined Franco's OK Jazz. He later ended up in Empire Bakuba."
"As for the name change Bana Moja / Bana Ngenge -- I think this really had to do with the person in charge. With Fataki the band was called Bana Ngenge, with Ikomo it was Bana Moja."
|From 1978-80 Moreno was based in Dar-es-Salaam where he sang with Safari Sound before returning to Kenya. Back in Nairobi in 1980 he started Moja One where he teamed with tenor Coco Zigo Mike, guitarist Siama Matuzungidi and drummer Lava Machine (with other musicians from Shika Shika). Their biggest hits were "Pili Mswahili," "Dunia ni duara," (in 1981), & "Urembo si hoja." For some time in 1983, Moreno briefly joined Samba Mapangala's Orchestra Virunga in what was perhaps the group's most star-studded line-up ever. The group which turned the now defunct Starlight Club into the hottest live-music nightspot in town, featured Coco Zigo, Fataki Lokassa, Dago Mayombe and later Moreno on vocals, along with Ottis and Samba Mapangala; Manitcho Nsilu, Sammy Mansita, Django Nkulu Mwilambwe, Bejos, Siama Matuzungidi and Beya Mikobi Dibuba on guitars, and others, some of whom were only briefly in the band. Siama recalls Lava Machine replaced Willy on drums and the trumpeter was named Kodila. The outfit later split three ways to create Vundumuna, Ibeba System and Virunga. But Moreno went solo. He mainly sang in Kiswahili and the themes of his songs varied from social commentaries like "Dunia ni Duara," "Mapenzi ya Shinda" and "Mwanamke Hatosheki," to love songs like "Angela" and "Pili Mswahili." This last was a song about his girlfriend, Pili Mikendo Kassim, a Tanzanian model he met in 1976 while with Orchestra Les Noirs in Mombasa. His 1993 chart topper was "Vidonge Sitaki," based on a Taraab song by Golden Star, but sadly he died the same year, aged only 38.|
Tomy Lomboto, bassist [left], & Siama Matuzungidi, guitar, outside Garden Square, Nairobi, 1979, courtesy of Siama Matuzungidi
High-voiced Lovy Mokolo Longomba came in the middle of a distinguished family. He was a brother of Awilo and son of Vicky Longomba, founding member of OK Jazz who created Lovy du Zaire in 1971. His twin sons Christian and Lovy are hip-hop stars in Kenya today. Lovy started his career at 18 with Orchestre Macchi. In 1976 he and Dindo Yogo with guitarist Nseka Huit Kilos left Macchi and formed Etumba na Ngwaka with singers Lofanga, Gaby Yau-Yau and Mukolo, lead vocals (who later died in Kenya). Huit Kilos, of course, went on to star with l'Afrisa International of Rochereau and now backs Ricardo Lemvo in Makina Loca, based in Los Angeles. In August 1978 Lovy left Kinshasa and moved to Nairobi where he joined Les Kinois, but three months later he quit that group for Boma Liwanza (Dindo Yogo meanwhile joined Viva la Musica, then Langa Langa Stars in 1981, and Tout Choc Anti Choc in 1983). After only 6 months with Boma Liwanza, Lovy was off again, to join Super Mazembe of Mutonkole Longwa Didos, and got the nickname "Ya Mama" because he would sing the high women's part in story songs. Band-mates included Joseph Okello Songa, Musa Olokwiso Mandala & Fataki Lokassa from Les Noirs. His hits included "Lovy," "Yo mabe," "Ndeko," "Nanga," "Mokano" and "Elena." Lovy left in 1981 & sang with Shika Shika for two years. He joined Mos Mos of Moises Fonta (with Monimambo and other members of his circle) before forming his own group Super Lovy on the AIT label and, to avoid a contractual conflict, used the name Bana Likasi when he recorded for Audio Productions Ltd (Their "Mado Zaina part 1" can be found on THE NAIROBI BEAT [Rounder]). He recorded several solo albums produced by Felix Jakomo. In "Lomama," Lovy namechecks Massamba, Felix, Dialukila and Monimambo, so we can assume they remained friends. He even quotes "Tika na lela"! He was a founder of Ibeba System, along with Dhago Mayombe, but never recorded with them. In 1988 Lovy went to Dar es Salaam and performed with Orch. Afriso Ngoma. Lovy Longomba died in a car crash in Tanzania in 1996.
Tabu Frantal, Lifenya Lorri and Mandefu wa Mandefu were also band members of Shika Shika. The latter wrote five of their hits, including "Bibi moke," which were issued on the Jaca label. Tabu Frantal released "Helena" on the Hudson label with Orchestre Malekesa du Zaire. Nsilu wa Bansilu Manitcho (who was in Japan, but is now back in Kenya, doing Gospel music) of Bana Ngenge was also in the band, occasionally playing bass: he's name-checked in the song "Tina." Siama Matuzungidi was the rhythm guitarist. Born in the Congo in 1953, he grew up at a Jesuit school where he had unlimited access to the music room. Inspired by Bavon Marie Marie, he started playing guitar with Orchestre Cavacha in 1971. In 1975 he was with Orchestre Bibicha until 1978 when he quit Kinshasa for Kampala, Uganda, where he joined Kombe Kombe. He recalls: "Coco Zigo took me to Uganda and we formed Kombe Kombe band; this was in 1978. The same year Lovy Longomba joined us in Kombe Kombe; and Kanda Bongo Man came with Bella Mambo band. We played in the same club Monday to Friday. We kind of mixed the two bands together and lived in the same house -- all of us together for maybe a year. We moved to Kenya in 1979 with Coco Zigo, while others went back to Zaire. In Kenya the first band was called Viva Makale: we played at the Garden Square which was ruled by Buami Walumona and George Kalombo and then from there musical life in Nairobi began." Siama, who was given the name "Mualimu" or Teacher because of his skill on the guitar, also played with Orchestra Shika Shika until 1980 when he was a founding member of Moja One. He remembers: " I composed "Sisili" and "Rebeca" with Shika Shika band. With Moja One I contributed ideas, composed, and played rhythm guitar parts." He was also in Virunga then Ibeba System for five years (1981-85), including a three-year stint in Tokyo. After playing with Losaka in 1994 and Shangoya (1995-2004) Siama started Marimba Africa in Minneapolis, where he now lives.
Coco Zigo Mike sang with Viva Stars in Kenya and later formed Losaka la Musica. He died in a Nairobi hospital in August 1998.
In the song "Amba," Masala, Longomba, Mutanda & Moni Mambo are name-checked. "Daina Akinyi", "Zainabu" (one of their members) and "Olivia" were other Shika Shika singles.
Guitarist Tabu Frantal (from Kisingani, Zaire where he played with Orchestre Succès Le Peuple) formed Boma Liwanza in 1972, with former members of Orchestre Revolution. They toured East & Central Africa frequently and ended up in Nairobi, touring the Indian Ocean islands and Madagascar. In 1981 Boma Liwanza dissolved and Frantal starred with Shika Shika until their dissolution two years later. In 1984 he helped form Vundumuna (out of the break-up of Virunga), which featured his pal Nsilu Wabansilu Manysho who had gone from Boma Liwanza to Shika Shika with him. Sammy Kasule was another member of Vundumuna, as was keyboardist Botango Bedjil, a.k.a. B.B. Mo-Franck. Vundumuna was the top band in Kenya for two years. In 1987, B.B. Mo-Franck took Vundumuna to Japan for a six month contract, making them the first purely African band to play live in Tokyo. Drummer Lava Machine died in December 2005 while still living in Japan. Tabu Frantal also collaborated with vocalist Lessa Lessan (ex-African Fiesta Sukisa), who went on to form Orchestre Popolipo. Frantal has started a new Orchestra Vundumuna in Nairobi in 2006.
-- Alastair Johnston, with additions from Siama Matuzungidi, Cheeku Bidani, Ethan Bloomberg, Douglas Paterson & Peter Toll; & The World of African Music Vol 2 by Ronnie Graham.
courtesy Afro7 net
(An offshoot of Baba Nationale, featuring female vocalist Nana Akumu wa Kudu, also of Pepelepe)
Bana Ekanga 1 & 2 (Bolingo DD10)
Bana Moja (a.k.a. Bana Modja)
(Bana Modja were DjoDjo Ikomo's group whom he left behind in Kinshasa when he went to Uganda. In Kampala he teamed up with some Veve musicians and they moved to Nairobi in 1975 but soon disbanded. When DjoDjo returned to Zaire he regrouped with his old bandmates)
Note from Mbokamosika blog:
On the origins of Bana Modja: The group was formed by Thomas & Felly Ndjoku, the sons of N'Djoku Ey'Obaba, former governor of Kinshasa, and their cousins Jojo & Alexis Ikomo. Bana means offspring and they were literally from the same family. Thomas Ndjoku was also owner of the Bana Modja label and produced many bands such as Yoka Lokole, the breakout band from which Papa Wemba and many members of Zaiko and Viva La Musica emerged. They were called "Belgicains," because they studied abroad, when they returned they were shunned by their parents for taking to music so moved to N'Djili, Zaire on their return. Because of family pressure they did not tour and perform but rather concentrated on recording and issuing 45s. Felly went on to be the arranger for Lita Bembo. Thomas became a Christian minister and continues as a gospel artist. Jojo went on to work with Pepe Kallé and plays the occasional gig with old pals.
The Kin-based band, known as the Belgicains because they all studied in Belgium, formed in the early 80s included:
Ikomo Djo-Djo & Orch. Bana Modja: Maya Tu
(Kina-Rama LP KR1007)
(Recorded by Mayaka Esongama, Kinshasa, distributed by Sonodisc, Paris)
1. Amour Go
3. Maya Tu
4. Souvenir Go
"The new Bana Moja was formed out of members of Orch Veve, led by Jojo Ikomo and Fataki Lokassa, on tour in Uganda. The band disbanded in 1975 with several members moving to Kenya where they regrouped as Bana Ngenge but only lasted a year before splitting again. Bana Moja the label, seems to have been created to release Bana Ngenge records and its name outlasted the band." -Tim Clifford
Bana ya Ngenge
Bana Ngenge Stars Popote
Jojo Ikomo & His Orchestra
(Yet another formation with Coco Zigo)
See under Moreno
Orchestre Batcha Lokito Band
I found one single from this band on the Bana Moja label, written by Batchalinge, aka, Tabu Frantal.
Sita 1 & 2 (Batchalinge) Bana Moja BANA 35
Boma Liwanza, the International Orchestra: The Sounds of Africa (JET STAR jslp...)
Boma Liwanza 2 (Melodica, Nairobi)
Lisolo ya Ndako
Cafe con Leche
There are six tracks on here, credited to Boma Liwanza, but don't get your hopes up. First of all the whole thing is less than half an hour, and secondly it was recorded, it seems to me, at the wrong speed, so all the tracks sound too fast. Plus the last one sounds like it was recorded on a cheap tape deck off the radio! I doubt that was the band's intention. The whole thing is also overmodulated, to really ruin your enjoyment of this band, but then again I am not sure it IS Boma Liwanza. The best track on here is "Cafe con Leche," the most amazing take off of OK Jazz ever achieved by another band. The guitarist goes off on one of those demonic two-fingered leads between choruses and is egged on by people yelling "Juba," one of whom sounds like Sam Mangwana. According to kentanzavinyl.com, "Café con Leche b/w Nirvana" is a single on the Pathé label (PEA 217) by Mundemba & His Underground, so two of the tracks credited to Boma Liwanza are actually by Mundemba, about whom there is no information on line. The other four tracks are almost certainly by them, having appeared on two 1973 SOMO 45s as A-side and B-side.
Boma Liwanza 45s:|
Atosha Na Furaha b/w Tumbamado - Somo SM7-8010 (1973)
Bambanda ya Batchi 1 & 2 () Pathé 101
Baruti - Somo SM7-8001 1973
Bolingo Happy 1 & 2 () Pathé 105
Bridgita 1 & 2 - ASL 3386 (1980)
Brother Man 1 & 2 () Pathé 107
Catharine Obebisi b/w Omeka Tembe - Somo SM7-8011 (1973)
Diabaza 1 & 2 (Jimmy Monimambo) Bana Moja BANA34 -- N.B. A different song from "Diabanza" by Shika Shika; I believe it's the name of a band member
Easter 1 & 2 () Pathé 103
Elengene [a.k.a. Café con Leche?]
Fauzia 1 & 2 () Pathé 106
Jera Inn 1 & 2 [Kikuni, Mbongo, Pasi] Jera Inn GOO 001
Lisolo Ya Ndako b/w Mbanda Tubi - Somo SM7-8002 (1973)
Ma Bibi b/w Mary Akinyi (AFRICA AFR7-47 1973)
Masua Mabe 1 & 2 [Kikuni - Mbongo Pasi] Sango SAN22 1979
Milimani 1 & 2 [Monimambo Jim] ASL 3376 (March 1979)
Miwela wela 1 & 2 (Mawa Litanda Babel) ASL 3378 (Nov. 1979)
Nakoka Te b/w Mwana Mobali - Somo SM7-8006 (1973)
Ngai Bebe b/w Wilermina (AFRICA AFR50 1973/4)
Sina Mambo 1 & 2 (Kikuni - Bercky - Mbongo Pasi) Super Musiki du Zaire (1978?)
Siza 1 & 2 () Pathé 100
Sofia 1 & 2 () Pathé 104
Wema piyame 1 & 2 () Pathé 105
Zala serieux 1 & 2 (AFRICA AFR 7-48 1973)
Zawadi ya mwaka 1 & 2 () Pathé 102
[Note: Thanks to Kentanzavinyl.com for most of the info]
Produced by Daudi Kabaka
Went to St. Paul School - Barumbu for six years, left in Standard Six and proceeded to College to study mechanics for two years during which he developed a love of music - becoming a musician as a singer. He left the college in 1967 and joined Orchestra TAMPALA - in 1968 as a Vocalist. He did only one year in TAMPALA and in 1969 he joined Orchestra LOS ANGEL of Reuben Mawa.
In 1970 he left Los Angel and joined Orchestra VIPER NOIRS. In 1971 he left Viper Noirs to join Orchestra CERCUL JAZZ in Congo Brazzaville. In the same year he left Cercul Jazz after six months to join Orchestra Super Vox in Isiro Province of Zaire then lead by the famous Bijos Bikasi. In 1973 he joined Orchestra Success Mwachana in Kendu Town of Kivu Province. From there is when he joined the Boma Liwanza of Mzee Shango Lola with which he came to East Africa in 1974. As he puts it in his own words, "This is the man who really taught me real music. I mean Mzee Shango Lola. This made me realise that all that I had been doing was just not good enough".
In 1975 he left Boma Liwanza and formed his own Band Orchestra SPECIAL LIWANZA which he leads until today.
This is his first album and he hopes it is going to be worth the whole lot of trouble he took to DO-IT-UP for the sake of his good and faithful FANS.
courtesy Alan Wheeler
Special Liwanza 45s:|
Ayoma (Lifenya Lorri) Editions Ba-Ba EB9 1976
Chris Uniponye (Editions Les: Tremor 3)
Elisa [Monimambo Jim] editions Mwana Mama MM22
Elisa Warimo (Editions Ba-Ba EB10) 1977
Kanaitsa (Editions Ba-Ba EB8) 1977
Mama Emily 1 & 2 [Tabu Saidi Batchalinge] (Eds Babu BABU 009)
Mama Fefe [Monimambo Jim] editions Mwana Mama MM16
Maria Chantale [Tshimba Monimambo] (Editions Ba-Ba EB11) 1977
Masasu [Monimambo Jim] editions Mwana Mama MM17
Mwale [Tabu Saidi "Ogalah"] Golden Toddy; also City Boom CB1
Sue Iko [Tabu Atchatchambala] Editions Chris CJ 015
Towumelite 1976 (Editions Ba-Ba EB7-2)
Vicky 1976 (Editions Ba-Ba EB1)
Zumba [Monimambo Jim] editions Mwana Mama WEM5
Special Liwanza & Shika Shika
Juliana 1 & 2 (Lifenya Lorri & Liwanza Komecha) Eds BABU 006
Bwambe Bwambe and Super Bwambe
MAMA YA LEKI (CBS LINGA LP 001 1980)
Liner notes: Orchestre Super Bwambe was formed in February 1977 by [singer] Kayembe Nyonga and Luboya wa Tshiteyai. Kayembe Nyonga was born on 19 January 1945 in Lubumbashi, Zaire. He has been a member of several bands such as VILE KITE JAZZ, SUPER BELLA and BABA ILUNGA WA ILUNGA. He is pleased to present his new LP which is titled "Mama ya Leki" on CBS Records. Kayembe with his group SUPER BWAMBE BWAMBE signed with CBS Records in January 1980. [Doug Paterson]
Orch Bwambe Bwambe 45:
Akinyi wa Homa Bay 1 & 2 (Eds CHRIS 24)
Super Bwambe 45s:
Nya Siaya 1 & 2 [Kayembe Nyonga] Linga LNG 001 1980
Orchestre Fuka Fuka
Kinzunga Rico, founder and guitarist, was a Veve studio musician (as their double-barreled name suggests) who had played with Les Kamale and Lipua Lipua and wrote "Niki Bue" which was a hit for Lipua Lipua. Tshibau Mulembu and Tshimanga Assosa (both also ex-Lipua Lipua) were the vocalists. Tshimanga Assosa had sung with Negro Succès of Bavon Marie Marie, but after Bavon's tragic death had left Kinshasa to look for work in Tanzania with a new group called Maquis du Zaire. In 1980 Assosa moved to Nairobi and joined Orchestre Makassy for the session that included his hit "Mambo Bado," released in UK on Virgin. I am not certain Fuka Fuka were resident in East Africa but certainly had fans there.
Bitota [Mulembu Tshibau] ASL 7-3352 (Eds Mabele)
Baba Gaston & Baba National
L'Orchestre Baba National dans Celibataire / Pesa Pesa |
(AIT [Kenya] LP101 Licensed from Ogoua Int'l Records, Abidjan)
A1: Kanga Motema Kianda [Baba Gaston]
2: Celibataire [Baba Gaston]
B1: Epuka Tabia Mbaya
[Courtesy Alan Wheeler; Tim Clifford adds: "The B-side of the album seems to include two songs originally issued as singles on the Super Matatu label. Epuka Tabia Mbata Pts 1 & 2, MTU 3, by Juwata Jazz and Pesa Pts 1 & 2, MTU 4, by V.M. Malaika Weusi, who recorded for Simba wa Taita as Vuria Mwangeka Malaika Weusi."]
20th ANNIVERSARY (POLP 900)|
GREATEST HITS VOL 1 (POLP 901; ASLP 901)
Liner notes (courtesy of Alan Wheeler): At last PHONOGRAM (KENYA) Ltd has come out with Something Special -----something which has long been awaited. This Long Play by Orchestre Baba National should have been as ordinary as any other LP released in this country, but it is not.
GREATEST HITS VOL 2 (POLP 933)
REVIVAL (ASLP 1004 1985)|
A1: Adios chou chou
B1: You love my friend
Kosa gani omeer
SAFARI (ASLP 1006 1985)
BRUXELLES A BUTEMBO ASLP 983 (1983)
CONDITION BI-MSUM ASLP 971 (1983)
Baba National 45s:
Affaire Zua b/w Piele Boniko? [Kabila Kabanza/Baba Ilunga] ASL 7-1515 1973
Assana-Nela 1 & 2 [Ilunga wa Ilunga] ASL 2254
Bembeleza Bolingo (ASL2241)
Bombanda Jamais (Vangu-Aloni) ASL 7-2181
Bonne Annee New Year (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 7-2212N
Caesar Moyibi (on CD; see below)
Celibataire 1 & 2 (Editions Ba-Ba Kenya single IWI-5)
Elongi ya Petolo 1 & 2 (KMG5201 1976)
Fungula Matoli toli B. N. (Lutulu Kaniki) ASL 7-2165 1977
Guanzo () Ed Ba-Ba IWI-7
Heshimu mtoto wa shule (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 2294 1982
Idd Mubarak 1 & 2 (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 7-2208
Ilunga Ilunga 1 & 2 (ASL 2086) 1975
"Ilunga Ilunga" is on ANCIENT SUCCESS VOLUME ONE (ASLP426) & the CD listed below
Kai Kai (collected on the CD below)
Kakolele Viva Xmas (Baba Ilunga; featuring Moreno) ASL 7-2164 1976
Kiolela (Nana) ASL 2249 1979
Kula Keba (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 7-2200N
Kwa mutu malela (Baba Ilunga Ilunga) ASL 2287 1981
Lofundu ya Pamba
Lulu Masamba 1 & 2 (IWI 6)
Maja aba Mpamba No 2 (Tshikuna) ASL 7-2119 1976
Mapenzi ya peremende b/w Mke Mwenzangu (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 7-2179
Musao Iyambi b/w Lukengo Kiwelewele (Sindimba SIN 14)
Nakupenda (Baba Gaston) sung by Lovy, performed by Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga; DoromyDM80 "Yakisaka"
Naleli Big Manager Lengema 1 & 2 [Ilunga wa Ilunga] ASL2260N (AS4711)
Nazonga Mboka (ASL2347)
Ngai Baba Nakosambwa (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) Eds BaBa IWI 7-2
Ngai Muana nazongi (Stazo ya Estha) b/w Lofundu ya Pamba (Tshondo 11: reissue African 90.505 1971)
Ngai Nabeleli (collected on CD; see below)
Pembeni ya mbanda b/w Separation na mutawa [Lutulu; B. Ilunga/Sangwa Ngulli] ASL 7-1523 1973
Pourquoi Fifi? IWI 7/1
Rosi b/w Kiswahili lugha ya Africa Sindimba SIN3
Sakina mama b/w Mamango bokata Kikambo [Sangwe; Baba Ilunga] Sindimba SIN13
Seli Tutu (ASL2247)
Soul Safari (Wangoya No 2) b/w Mama bea nakokate [Ilunga wa Ilunga] ASL 1536 1974
Sweet sweet mbombo (Baba Gaston) Polydor 7-382 1977 [included on Soundway KENYA compilation]
Tokosamba b/w Baba Gaston No 3 (ASL 2123)
Toli ya mwasi (Lutula Kaniki) ASL 7-2189N
Unyumba sio lela b/w Tokisana tata Kabassele ASL EP001
Vituko Vya Mama Mkwe (Baba Gaston) Eds Ba-Ba IWI-8
Zala Reconnaisant Fa Fan b/w FC Lupopo Bana ya tembe (ASL 1520)
Baba Gaston & Orch Tchondo National "Kalai" pts 1 & 2 YAHOOS YS001
Baba Gaston: Baba Ilunga Ilunga & Ngai Nabeleli (Tamasha)
Band associated with the Bana Moja label, so perhaps connected with Fataki Lokassa, and a popular rival to the Veve groups in Kenya and Uganda. Makengo Roy (perhaps the same as Roy Mosanda?) was a member and songwriter, also associated with Orch Mandalala (as this was one of their hits, perhaps it became the name of a splinter group). Other members were Aimé and Mbo. There's a Bana Ngenge track on their Melodica comp; maybe they were an offshoot of them.
Les Jaca was created by Lovy when he decided to leave Super Mazembe in 1981. He went into the studio with Siama, Tabu Frantal, Mandefu and other friends, but the attempt bore no fruit, so Lovy remained with Super Mazembe. Editions JACA was created to publish Shika Shika and Viva Stars. A. C. Kochomo was the producer and he issued at least 40 singles. Another offshoot was Editions Tobina, who published Bana Ngenge, Jaca and Pepelepe. See kentanzavinyl.
Adija Adisi [Lovy]
Photo: copyright David Gaar, Madison WI 2007
Les KinoisFor the biography of this group and Orchestre Virunga see Samba Mapangala's website
LES KINOIS (A.I.T. WLP/3LK)|
1978; produced by Felix G. Jakomo Jr.
A: Coco 1 & 2
Asha 1 & 2
B: Mukungukilua 1 & 2
Les Kinois 1 & 2
Les Kinois 45s:|
Achieng (Pele Ondindia) Editions les Kinois LK008
MALAKO DISCO ORIGINAL (CD from Melodica in Nairobi, which has applause grafted on):
L'orchestre Kombe KombeLater incarnation of Shama Shama de Mopero, based in Kenya. Founded in Uganda by Coco Zigo, Lovy & Siama (guitar), before Viva Makale. Also known as Kombe Kombe "Buskas" on their first release. Since DjoDjo Ikomo was in the band and the name seems to have come from a song by Bana Ngenge, it's likely the band was a blend of Bana Moja/Bana Ngenge as well as Mopero's musicians.
Mimi 1 & 2 [Koko] Eds Matunda ANA 003
Lifenya Lorri & Liwanza Komecha
Orch Lemba Lemba
Yet another Monimambo outfit. Fred Lavik (who notes the Lemba are a South African ethnic group) turned up a single by them, sung in Lingala, and released in Nairobi, "Ezanga."
Ezanga 1 & 2 (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP 026 1982
Orch. Super Lovy: "First Album" LVLP 01 (1981)
(All songs composed by Lovy)
LOVY 2 (LVLP411):|
(In "Lomama," sung in Lingala, we hear a namecheck for Felix [Jacomo, the producer of Super Lovy and Super Mazembe], then Boka, Massamba Maquis & Dialu Kila (who were the consular staff and Ambassador of Zaire at the time), Misele, Monimambo, Pierrot, Eddy, Lava Machine, & Lovy. They also quote the songs "Mado Zaina" & "Tika na lela." Sammy & Manitcho get a shout-out in "Annie.") Other band members were Chery Matumona (lead guitar), Bibiley (guitar), Siama (guitar), Lawi Somana (sax), Manitcho (bass guitar), Jackino or Jacky (singer) and Shabani on drums.
LOVY 3rd ALBUM (AIT LV LP03) "Nelly"|
Liner notes: Produced by Felix Jacomo (G.A.)
[label courtesy of Alan Wheeler]
Super Lovy & Bana Likasi
Lovy Longomba with Bana Likasi: "Mado Zaina part 1" on THE NAIROBI BEAT (Rounder Records 5030)
Lovy with Orchestre Super Lovy
Aya 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 06)
EDITIONS CHRIS compilation VOL 3
Early recordings of Lovy & Dindo Yogo with L'Orchestre Macchi and Etumba na Ngwaka are heard on SUCCES DES ANNEES 70 vol 1 (NgoYarto EPP19)
Orchestra Makassy was formed in Uganda by Mzee Makassy and a number of Ugandan and Zairian musicians. In 1975 they were left Uganda for Tanzania and took up residency at the New Africa Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam. In Dar Es Salaam during the 1970s the most popular bands were formed by Zairean musicians who sang originally in Lingala, and later modified the music to fit the inflexion of the Kiswahili language. Orginally perfoming as a solo artiste at the New Africa Hotel, Mose Se Fan Fan went on to join Orchestre Makassy, with whom the first four tracks were recorded. The song "Chama Cha Mapinduzi," in praise of the Tanzanian independence party, had lyrics based on the words of the country's first president, Julius Nyrere.
The next four songs on the first session were issued as singles in East Africa and collected on the Greatest Hits LP. Most of these were updated in the studio and re-recorded for the Agwaya sessions done in Nairobi. The combination of their musicianship and the minimalistic production of Norman Mighell, who recorded them in 1982, produced what many regard one of the finest moments of East African rumba. [--Matt Temple]
Peter toll adds: As for Orch. Makassy, they were not based in Kenya but in Tanzania. When Makassy left for Nairobi to record "Agwaya" (1982), the band was already falling apart. Remmy Ongala stayed behind in Tanzania where he joined Super Matimila while Fan Fan Mosese quit Makassy in Kenya to start another Somo Somo band. The Makassy that produced AGWAYA had really only been playing together for three years or so.
The Radio Tanzanian Sessions (Dar es Salaam ca.1980)
[NB: the last 4 tracks are drawn from the Editions Makassy cassette "Makassy" (ZEMK/C1) --Peter Toll]
Another 45 on the Makassy label: Maggy 1 & 2 (Makassy single EMK 011)
The Nairobi AGWAYA Sessions (Recorded at CBS Nairobi & remixed in London 1982 for Virgin records release Virgin OVED84; reissued on CD on 2005: Legends of East Africa - Orchestra Makassy (ARC Music EUCD1909), with three bonus tracks, "Ubaya wa nini" from the same Nairobi session, and "Muungano" & "Mume Wangu" -- tracks previously recorded in Tanzania.)
The Greatest Hits Of Makassy (AIT LP: EMKLP 01)
Mose Se "Fan Fan" rose to stardom as lead guitarist with Franco & OK Jazz before heading East for a solo career. He also played with Lovy du Zaire, Orchestre Mi, Orchestre Makassy (in the late 70s), Orchestre Matimila and Maquis, as well as his own band Somo Somo. Other versions of "Ciska," "Molema," "Venus," and "Chama cha mapinduzi," recorded in Dar Es Salaam 1979, can be heard on BELLE EPOQUE (RetroAfric RETRO 7CD). After the death of Franco he formed Bana OK.
Orchestra Makassy 45s:
Orch Malekesa du Zaire
Asali 1 & 2 (Frantal Tabu) Edition de Hudson EDH01
Helena 1 & 2 (Frantal Tabu) Edition de Hudson EDH04
For a biography of the group see the liner notes to the ENDURANCE CD.
ENDURANCE (RETROAFRIC RETRO21CD)|
Embakasi [Kalenga Nzaza Vivi]
Maindusa [Inkangika Maindusa]
Mimba [Kabila ka banze Evany]
Nyako Konya [Badi Banga wa Thsilumba]
Walter [Badi Banga wa Thsilumba]
Malawi Zikama [Kabila ka banze Evany]
Kanemo [Kalenga Nzaza Vivi]
MADINA ASLP 413 1985|
B1. Lolo Mukena
Tour of Zambia (ZMPL EPA 001, original pressing from Zambia)
FIRST ANNIVERSARY (ASLP 913 1978; on CD from Tamasha TAM0032)
"The Riot Continues . . . a year later"
Embakasi 1 & 2 [Kalenga Nzaadi "Vivi"]
ACTION ALL THE WAY a.k.a. "Walter" (Phonogram 1978 ASLP 919)|
Walter 1 & 2
LIVE ON TOUR ASLP 921
LISAPO ASLP928 1980 ?
SECOND ANNIVERSARY (ASL LP2016 1978)|
Walter (Kai Kai)
Maboko Pamba (Macky)
GOLDEN HITS of Mangelepa ASLP2017 1986?|
A: Mangelepa Kamili (William)
Kizunguzungu (Kai Kai)
B: Trouble (Bwamy)
SAFARI YA MANGELEPA ASLP988 ALSO ASLP 2027|
A: Safari ya Mangelepa
MANGELEPA / THE RIOT CONTINUES (Pathé EMI 82413 1977)|
Mangalepa Kamili 1& 2
Sakina 1& 2
Nganga-Kimetu 1& 2
Ekubuku 1& 2
THE AFRICAN STARS COLLECTION VOL 5 (Jumbo Jet JJLP005) ca. 1990, see Natari website:
A.1. Ole Ole
[courtesy of Kentanzavinyl.com]
Les Mangelepa 45:|
Amua (ASL 2252/ AS 4670)
Auto stop 1 & 2 (Lutulu Kanki Macky) ASL 2295 1982
Djalaa (Eds Mangelepa EPA 7-3)
Dracula (ASL 2250)
Hayansa 1 & 2 (Kabila ka Banze "Evani") ASL 2282 1981
Kadjera 1 & 2 (Lumwanga Mayombo) ASL 2277 1981
Kanemo 1 & 2 (ASL 2281 1981)
Kasuku Pt 1 & 2 (Kabila ka Banze Evani) ASL 2222N
Kimbele Mbele (Badianga Kai-Kai) Eds Tobina TON 7-7
Lisapo 1 & 2 (ASL 2270 1980)
Mangelepa Kanini [Sakina; Nganga-Kimetu; Ekubuku] EMI JJP 999
Mangelepa Ni Yako 1 & 2 (ASL 2353 1986) Mankwazi (Eds Mangelepa EPA 7-5)
Manyeto () ASL 2336
Massanga (Kabila Kabanze Evani) ASL 2342 1985
Mimba - ASL 2251
Mtukufu rais Moi - ASL 2241
Ole Ole (ASL 2257N /AS4697)
Suki Pembe 1 & 2 (ASL 2334 1984)
Trouble (Eds Mangelepa EPA 7-1)
Tshibola (Badibanga Kai-Kai) Eds Mangelepa EPA 7-4
Orchestra MokanaProbably an offshoot of Shika Shika, with Sammy Mansita, later of Orch Virunga
Orchestra MonamaBand led by Jimmy Monimambo in one of his many incarnations.
Mariamu (Jean Monimambo) Editions Chris CJ019
Orchestra Mos MosBand led by Moises Fonta who is now in London. With Nana Akuma as the female singer and Lovy Longomba & Monimambo also on vocals, Siama and Chery on guitars and Lava Machine on drums. I hear the following names in shout-outs: Shabani (drummer), Manitcho (bass), Delvida, Jackino & Bokilo (singers), "Elvis" aka Lawison Somana on sax.
Walter Jaramogi Part 1 & 2 (Franthals Ogola) Editions Sapato EDI 2
On compilation LPs:
LP: The African Stars Collection vol 3 (JJLP003):
BEST OF CHUZA'S ORCHESTRE LES NOIRS CITY FIVE (ASLP 904 (p)1976)|
(Thanks to Alan Wheeler)
A: Sikia Sauce no 2
Amin No 1
Mungu Iko Helena
B: Banange jangu tugende mengo
Nakotuta yo mabe
Hata Ukifanya nini
Mr Chuza Kabaselleh Masters, founder leader, and owner of Orchestre Les Noirs City Five, was born in Kasai, Zaire and brought up in Uganda and Kenya.
LES NOIRS (Pathé Marconi C054-81818)|
Boni Okimi ngai [Makwanzi Duki]
Mama titi [Weteto]
Osilisi ngai bisengo ya mokili [N'talu Nkatu]
B: Leotine 1 & 2 [N'dala Mobangi]
Kumbe Bolingo [Amani]
Ntumba Monique nalinga
Possibly later than the following album, and apparently with different personnel.
Note: Les Noirs had the following personnel on their self titled Pathé-Marconi LP:|
Vocals: N'Dala Mobangi
Saxophone: N'Talu Nkatu
Drums, Tumba: Mukaputu Kalembi
Band manager, drums: Teka Seke Chuza Kabaselle Mbawo Mutella
Guitar/Vocal: Makwanzi Duki
Singer: Hassan Omari
Vocalist: Kuka Mwana Bitala
Saxophone: Ndongo Amani
Band Leader: Kalonzi Braink
While it is classic Congolese rhumba, sung in Lingala, the album opens in English with a salute to Kenyan fans and a "Viva Mobutu" and "Viva Kenyatta." This would make them one of the first Congolese bands to hit Kenya, probably in the mid-70s.
LES NOIRS (Pathé Marconi France 2C 062-15759 1973)|
This must be where Prince got his sense of style?
liner notes: (Thanks to Alan Wheeler, translation by AJ):
Created in Kinshasa in 1966, an Orchestre bearing the name Les Noirs was made from musicians of the Republic of Zaire. During its existence the Orchestre Les Noirs has made a long voyage in East Africa -- more precisely in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. From this trip the band has had unparalleled success. The band comprises the following members:
Founder and band leader: Amba-Zozo (singer)
Singers: Vununu-Bovino, Bokenenge-Ngomo, Gho-Monzele
[Guitar] Soloists: Elema, Mokolo
Saxophones: Beya-Maduma, Mozande
Trumpets: Barato, Ebule
Tumba: Weteto Koy (assistant band leader)
1. Bafolo pt 1 (Amba Zozo)
2. Mai ya tongo (Bokenenge-Ngomo)
3. S.G.A. (Kemini)
4. Longoli pt 1 (Amba Zozo)
1. Masamuna (Amba Zozo)
2. Diedo Miya (Beya Maduma)
3. Mokulu Mbembe pt 1 (Amba Zozo)
4. Mokulu Mbembe pt 2 (Amba Zozo)
5. Masunda (Amba Zozo)
Best of Orchestre Les NOIRS (Tamasha CDTAM900)
*See my review on the Congo part 3 page for something of an explanation of the total hash Tamasha made with this album. As you can guess from the crudely rescaled cover it was taken from a cassette. Lots of bass rumble on here. The track names are all wrong. Here's my corrected track list:
1. Sikiya Sauce pt 1
Les Noirs 45s:|
Au Revoir 1 & 2 (ASL 2278 1981)
Banda Beach Sheria Yake Castro (Chuza Kabasele) ASL 7-2190 1977
Bata / Motema Pasi ASL 1085 (1973)
Bokambro 1 & 2 (Zozo) EMI/Pathé 2C 006-15225M
Dada Amin (Weteto) b/w Monoko (Chuza) BMP206 Kampala
Dieudos Namoni Pasi b/w Maina Ndoki - BMP 203
Emilie (Mathieu Kuka) b/w Marie Jeanne (Amani) EMI/Pathé 2C 006-81559M
Florence Wa Mungu b/w Nakubondela - BMP 202
Fofita (Moreno) ASL 2253
Lolanga Ngunda b/w Ngai Wivinne by Zozo & Les Noirs (Zozo) ATA 1
Londele (Jojo Ikomo) ASL 7-2234 (City Five Chuza)
[Note: Remade later on same label]
Louise Bolingo b/w Mama Na Titi - BMP 205
Mabuidi (Amani) b/w Nyimbo ya Dawa No 2 (Raymond Braink) ASL 7-1081 (reissued: Philips, Ghana) 1973
Major 1 & 2 (Zozo) Ngoma DNJ 5290
Masikini b/w Moselebende (Tomeka TK7-5013
Masiya batela ngai (Zozo) b/w Ata Basali Nyoso pamba (Zozo) EMI/Pathé 2C 006-15222M
Mayaka (ASL2246 March 1979)
Mbanda Kazaka (Talos) b/w Amie no 1 (Chuza) EMI/Pathé 2C 006-81562M
Mokili 1 & 2 (Moreno) ASL 7-2184
Morienzo 1 & 2 (Chuza Kabasele) ASL 7-2152
Mosasa Ndembo (Ndala Mabangi Ngoy) ASL 7-1149
Mungu Iko Helena (Kuka Mwana Bitala) b/w Lwaki Oyomba Awatali Nsonga (Makwanzi Duki "Dieudos") Editions Malaika 1974 (ASL 1145)
Munga Mac Odonde Pt 1& 2 - ASL 2096 (1975)
Ndimbola ya polele (Makwani Dieudos) ASL 7-2166N 1977
Oboya Ngai Tina b/w Brazza Impfondo by Michel & Les Noirs (Ata Ndele ATA 2)
Otura Pierre b/w Mive Temoin - BMP 215
Peter Omwenga (Mwana Mombasa) ASL 7-2232N
Sikiya Sauce Pt 1 & 2 (Dieudos) - Philips (Ghana) ASL 7-1080; AS1869 (P1972); (EMI/Pathé 2C 006-15234M
Tata Na Mapasa b/w Suna - BMP 214
Tina Nini Bakopekisa 1 & 2 (Chuza Kabasele) ASL 7-2201
Toma 1 & 2 (Zozo) EMI/Pathé 2C 006-15221M
Tshiku 1 & 2 (ASL 2240N/AS 4600) Winni carro Angel (Kuka Mwana Bitala) ASL 7-1152 1975
(Thanks to Alan Wheeler for images in this section)
Featuring the lovely voice of Nana Akumu wa Kudu (also of Bana Ekanga). In "Mobali ya tembe" there are shout-outs to Bijoux, "Shaba Kahamba" (nickname for the bassist), Samy, Edifundu, Kasule Mopepe, Mwalimu (i.e. Siama Matuzungidi) & others.
Orchestra Pole Pole45:
Pezu 1 & 2 (Moni Mambo) Umoja Mwana Shambe UMS1
(due to the similar design of the label, I suspect the Umoja label is an offshoot of Editions Mwana Mama; two other singles on the label were by his group Shika Shika)
Orchestre PopolipoFounded by Tabu Frantal & Lessa Lassan (ex-African Fiesta), from Congo, based in Nairobi, still active
Jimmy Monimambo singing at Halliance Club, Nairobi, courtesy Siama Matuzungidi
Latest update thanks To Alan Wheeler, Flemming Harrev, Tim Clifford and "Usual Suspects" 19 nov 13
HIT PARADE LP 004
Fumitoto Monimambo & l'Orch. Shika Shika|
MALONGA LP (SER 120; AIT release, 1984):
A 1. Malonga - 9:14
2. Kahindi - 9:06
B 1. Maze - 9:03 (also released as 45RPM)
2. Mopaya Zomba - 7:56
(All tracks composed by Mfumu Ntoto Monimambo)
courtesy Alan Wheeler
Sisili (Melodica cassette MLD 220)|
I have heard two versions of this cassette: each is appalling in a different way. The CD-rom version cuts every track off at 4'29 and has a very loud hum; the cassette issue sounds like it was recorded with dolby and loudness on then re-recorded with more loudness and more dolby. in short it's a bloody mess.
Sisili (Siama/Monimambo) 9:09 (also released as a 45 Hit Parade HP010)
*SONGA! magazine volume 3 (a brilliant, loving, hilarious, detailed and rather insane fanzine put out by Phil Bunce in Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK, 1991) included SONGA! MBELE cassette "Kenyan Classics vol 2" including "Amba" by Shika Shika licensed from Daraja Recordings. Copies available from the Natari website.
Super Kumba Kumba
Possibly a nzonzing band with Mose Se Fan Fan at the helm; Tim Clifford lists one single by them on the Diploma label, sung in Lingala, and released in Nairobi:
Selestine Okanisaka 1 & 2 (Diploma DCC001)
Formed out of Super Vox, a Congolese band started by Mutonkole Didos Longwa in 1967, some of whom moved to Nairobi in 1974. VOICE OF AMERICA published an obituary of Atia Jo (born Mulunguke Mwanza) on 2 January 2007: "Super Mazembe was comprised of the band leader Didos Mutonkole Longwa, Bukalos Bukassa (lead guitarist), Rapok Kayembe (rythmist), Atia Jo (bass guitarist), Katele Aley (lead composer and vocalist), Dodo Doris (drums), Kassongo Songoley (rythmist) and Charles Kagamba (vocalist)." Formed in Lubumbashi, the band moved to Zambia where Nashil Pitchen, producer of the Nairobi Eagles Band heard them and invited them to Kenya. In Nairobi their ranks were strengthened by other Congolese musicians, including Kassongo Wa Kanema, Lovy Longomba, Fataki Lokassa, Rondo Kandolo, Charles Atei, Lobe Namapako, and Loboko Pasi. But the band went into decline in 1986 when a businessman took their instruments away. Atia joined Virunga and later Tchakatumba. In the early 90s surviving members regrouped, but Katele died soon after leaving only Atia and Kanema.
Trevor Herman, in his liner notes to the GIANTS OF EAST AFRICA CD singles out guitarist Bukasa wa Bukasa, who died in 1989, and also mentions bandmates Loboko Bua Mangala (guitar), Mwanza wa Mwanza Mulunguluke (bass), Kitenge Ngoi Wa Kitombole (drums) & Musa Olokwiso Mangala. A lot of the songs on this compilation are stories about individual band members. Their biggest hits were "Kasongo," "Shauri Yako," and "Samba."
Doug Paterson mentions that only their Kaivaska LP (for Virgin) was conceived as an album, all the other six LPs released in Kenya were after-the-fact compilations of 45s.
Orch. Super Mazembe |
Mazembe (Editions Mazembe EMALP 0520; 1980)
A1. Loboko (Loboko)
10th Anniversary (EMALP 0530; 1981)|
A1. Mbanda Ya Mobanga (Longwa)
Double Gold (UAMLPD1014 also EMALP 0540 1982)|
Mbanda ya mobange
L'Orch. Super Mazembe (Mushosho)|
Wabe-Aba (EMALP 0550; 1984)
Their Greatest Hits (EMKLP 01; also EMALP 0560; 1986)|
A.1. Kasongo (Katele)
Orchestra Super Mazembe|
Kaivaska (Virgin UK V2263; 1982)
A.1. Mbanda Ya Mobange (Longwa)
Orch. Super Mazembe|
MWANA MAZEMBE (EMI, ca 1977, no info; also KLP 0514; available for download on 7digital com)
A.1. Kassongo 1 & 2 (Katele) [also on Giants of East Africa]
MALOBA D' AMOR (AFRILP 007 1990)
Very Best of Super Mazembe (ZEMAC6)
Hits of Mazembe vol. 4 (ZEMAC4)
Super Mazembe 45s:|
Abibah Makambo 1 & 2, by the Great Super Mazembe Band (ALP 023)
See Tim Clifford's discography for a more complete list of Eds Mazembe singles.
Nashil Pichen & Super Mazembe: Merci Imbwembwe Yandi b/w Revien a moi (PKZ 17) Made in Zambia
Super Mazembe / Kasongo / Ouma (A.I.T. Mazembe vol 1)
Side A: Kasongo
Kassongo [Katele Aley]
MAZEMBE @ 45RPM VOL 1 (Sterns STCD3063 2013)
1. Kingo Mwambe [Katele] orig: EMA19
MAZEMBE @ 45RPM VOL 2 (Sterns 2013; download only)
1. Ndona  orig: EMA18
[label courtesy of Afro7.net]
Orchestre Teke Teke
Expat band led by Milanda Barami, vocalist, who sang with OK Jazz in 1985-7.
Nabimaki Na Massa Pts 1 & 2 (Eds BONGA BON 9) 1977
Libala Bombanda Pasi 1 & 2 (Milanda Barami) Eds BONGA BON 10 1977
Muziki Ya Bana Kin Pts 1 & 2 (Milanda Barami) Eds BONGA BON 11 1977
Kaka Se Bolingo/Likambo Ya Bokamusi (Eds BONGA BON 13) 1977?
Samba Mapangala and Virunga
Formed in Nairobi in 1981. Songs from their golden age can be heard on VIRUNGA ROOTS VOLUME 1, including "Africa Dance," "Ntumba," "L'Argent" and "Losako." (VS001 CD)
Virunga 1 & 2 (ASL 2258N / AS 4713)
Mayopa 1 & 2 (Best of Editions CHRIS cassette)
Cido 1 & 2 (ASL 2284 (P)1981
See also Les Kinois
IT'S DISCO TIME WITH SAMBA MAPANGALA & ORCH VIRUNGA (ASLP 927)
1990 English compilation, released as VIRUNGA VOLCANO (Earthworks, also on CD CDEWV16), produced by Trevor Herman. The breakthrough album that launched Virunga to international stardom.
||FEET ON FIRE (Sterns 1036 1991)|
Sungura (also on SLCD149)
Vidonge (also on SLCD149)
All songs composed by Samba. Produced by Charlie Hart
Samba Mapangala - vocals
Rissa-Rissa - Conga & backing vocal
Mokili Sesti - Lead guitar
Bavon Masudi - rhythm guitar
Juma Kachenchy - bass
Abdallah Kodi - drums
Rama Athumani - horn arrangements
UJUMBE (Sterns/Earthworks STEW43CD 2001)
VIRUNGA ROOTS VOL 1 (VS001 1988-9 recordings)
SONG & DANCE (VR002)|
Siku ya mwisho
Vocals: Samba Mapangala, Dodo Munoko, Nyboma, Komba Bellow
Guitars: Caien Madoka, with Syran on 3, Dally Kimoko on 5 & 6
Bopol - rhythm
Fiston - bass
Komba Bellow - drums
Deba Sungu - conga
Jimmy Mvondo - sax
All songs composed by Samba Mapangala.
AFRICAN CLASSICS (Sheer SLCD149 2008)|
Sungura (also on Sterns 1036)
Malako (also on CDEVW16)
Fonseka (first time on CD)
Muniache (also on STEW43CD)
Yembele (also on CDEVW16)
Sister Ali (first time on CD)
Siri (also on STEW43CD)
Mabiala (first time on CD)
Vidonge (also on Sterns 1036LP)
Dunia tuna pita (also on STEW43CD)
"Sister Ali" written by Mandala Muisa, all others composed by Samba Mapangala.
MABIALA (Tamasha Budget Beater CD)
A 45 by Virunga:
Mangwana Pierre Systeme acc. by l'Orch Virunga "Elda (Alima) pts 1 & 2" Editions d'Ivoire IVA 076 (CBS Records)
Moreno & Moja One
Moreno and l'Orch First Moja-One (AIT Records EFALP020) Sister Pili
N.B. Reissued in 2012 by Stern's as Sister Pili + 2, right.
Reissue of Sister Pili plus 2 from Sterns 2012. The two additional tracks, 'Rehema-Piri' (POPE16) & 'Teresia' (POPE17), were singles recorded a couple of years before "Sister Pili" with a group called Bana Nzadi.
Moreno & Blue Stars LP (CBS /ACP 1201) BS1 1990
A1. Kalume [Margaret Safari]
A2. Losele [Moreno Batamba]
B1. African Woman [Margaret Safari]
B2. Sikutaki Tena [Margaret Safari]
B3. Shufa [Moreno Batamba] also released as a single
Note: A pretty awful album, with two bright women, Margaret & Sheila, singing harmony that doesn't fit with Moreno's growl, a terrible synthesizer and some weird musical ideas, especially on "Losele" and "African Woman." Good "Diblo-esque" soukous-style guitar, but not enough to recommended it.
Moreno cassette "Nipe Mapenzi" (MB 002)
1. Kadogo - 9:19
2. Mapenzi Ni Mazoea - 9:16
3. Mani Buda - 9:20
4. Omande - 8:55
5. Pili Mtalii - 9:29
6. Nipe Mapenzi - 4:48 (Oddly, this hit song in English starts out as Afrobeat)
7. Losele - 7:19
Moreno cassette "Greatest Hits" (MOR/C 001)
1. Dunia Ni Duara - 8:13 (original version, with horns) 1981
2. Bibi Harusi - 8:13
3. Mwana Dada - 8:45
4. Urembo Si Hoja - 8:31
5. Mali Kwa Mali - 7:50 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
6. Pili Mswahili - 13:31 (also released as a 45 rpm single) 1981
Moreno cassette "Vidonge Sitaki" (MOR/C 002)
Vidonge Sitaki - 7:08 (remake of a Taraab hit; also released as a 45 rpm single) 1993
Mapenzi Ya Shida Pt 1 & 2 - 14:08 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
Bimasha - 9:05
Wanitoa Mapenzi - 8:13 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
Angela - 7:44 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
Baseka - 8:29 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
Adiama - 6:12
Moreno cassette "Everlasting Memories" (MOR/C 003)
1. Vituko Majengo - 4:30
2. Pili Mswahili
3. Urembo si hoja (An almost reggae feel to the guitar on this)
4. Mali kwa mali (also released as a 45 rpm single)
5. Wake za watu*
6. Angela (also released as a 45 rpm single)
7. Dunia ni duara (also released as a 45 rpm single)
1. Mapenzi ya Mshumaa
2. Bibi Harusi
3. Kazi Ni Kazi - 4:00
4. Mapenzi Ya Mshumaa - 6:07
5. Sina Wivu - 4:05 (Interesting to note the influence of Mbaqanga on this track; also released as a 45 rpm single)
6. Pili Mswahili pt 2 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
*Also on LP "It's My Discothek Vol 2" [POLP 547] as "Mabibi Za Watu" - 9:56 (also released as a 45 rpm single)
(Label courtesy of Kentanzavinyl)
Moja One 45s:|
(Info from Kentanzavinyl.com, Peter Toll, Alan Wheeler, Tim Clifford and Muttu Mondiya Mama via Julian Thorpe's page)
Aminata (AIT - Andrew Crawford Productions, also title of LP)
Angela (Moreno?) Soul Masters SOMA004
Bibi Arusi 1 & 2 (Doromy DM88)
Bokila 1 & 2 (AIT/MOJA 5)
Dunia ni Duara 1 & 2 (Moreno) Sound of Music Sound010; also AIT/MOJA 1: The original version
Dunia Si Yako si yangu [Moreno] CBS ACP702
Jua Lako 1 & 2 (Moreno) Eds Jaca JPR 33 (on KWEYA compilation: POLP551)
Mali kwa Mali (Moreno?) Doromy DM92
Manimba 1 & 2 (Moreno) Sound of Music Sound009; also AIT MOJA 2
Mapenzi Iko Wapi 1 & 2 (Moreno) MMM Panther Sounds PANTHER 004
Mapenzi ya barua 1 & 2 (Disco Sounds DISCO 001)
Mapenzi Ya Kisasa
Matanga 1 & 2 (AIT/MOJA 6)
Mwana Dada 1 & 2 (Moreno) Doromy DM91
Nyaho Marach 1 & 2 (Eds Mwana Mama MM31)
Shufaa (AIT - Andrew Crawford Productions)
Sister Pili 1 & 2 (Editions FrancAfrique EFA14)
Sikutaki Tena (AIT - Andrew Crawford Productions)
Sitaki Mambo b/w Pili Mungwana (Moreno) AIT/MOJA 4
Utani choka (AUG16) 1982
Waanyika Nyika 2
Wakati Umefika 1 & 2 (AIT/MOJA 3)
Wakeza Watu 1 & 2 (ASL 3411)
Moreno & Blue Stars 45s:
Mapenzi ni mazoea 1 & 2 by Moreno Blue Stars CBS-ACP703
Orch. Viva Makale (Alimasi)
Saxophonist & vocalist George Kalombo's outfit (after the collapse of Orch Basanga), featuring Coco Zigo on vocals, Thomy Lomboto, bass, Kabeya Ilombo, among others. Moreno and Monimambo also sang with them before starting Shika Shika.|
Kampete [Kalombo Mwanza (George)] ASL 2317 1983
A later version of Viva Makale, with Coco Zigo on vocals and Thomy Lomboto, bassist who also played with Moja One. Perhaps also connected to Les Jaca.
Prince Coco Zigo Mike & L'orchestre Viva Stars "Horoscope" Editions Jaca JRP 35
LPs [from Peter Toll]:
A later version of Viva Makale, with Coco Zigo on vocals and Thomy Lomboto, bassist who also played with Moja One. Perhaps also connected to Les Jaca.
Prince Coco Zigo Mike & L'orchestre Viva Stars "Horoscope" Editions Jaca JRP 35
LPs [from Peter Toll]:
Vundumuna: Let's Go Dance (1985)|
Vundumuna: Happenin' POLP 556 1986
Frantal: The return Of Lessa Lassan AMG 005|
A.1. Sala Molende
A.2. Inaka Losele
(All songs composed by Frantal)
Vundumuna: The Original Vundumuna CBS(N) 025
Frantal Tabu & The Vundumuna - ELE IVALP 043
Vundumuna Band (Andrew Crawford INTA 18) 1991
CD: HOT MISTAKE (MERCURY/PPD-1051 1989)|
Prod.: Vundumuna & H. Nagasawa; Vundumuna personnel:
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