NEGRO BAND / NEGRO SUCCES


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. Sometimes, though they called themselves Negro Succès. African Jazz even became African Jazz Nico until Nico and Rochereau left to form African Fiesta. 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.

ESENGO SINGLES of NEGRO BAND before 1964

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)

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 nabuaki 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: Affairee (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

45s:

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)

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

EP:

Stenco NB 4073 Negro Band no 3
[see picture at head of page]
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:

Stenco NB 4099M France 1967?Negro Band no 6 [?]
face a: Ahora las mariposas
Bailar con negro
b: Mabe na ngai basi bayeba
Bomonela ngai te


EP:

NEGRO BAND (Columbia ESDF1442)
A1: Pasi ya mokili (rumba)
A2: Santa ame (cha cha cha)
B1: Moisi moye (rumba)
B2: Nalingi tovanda (rumba)


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)
face a : Negro muendo nkola (mark clary) 2.48
Ebele ya makambo (baguin) 2.48
face b : Nita felicida (ibrahim terzieff) 2.50
Bayanbaka ngai (n'guemanini) 2.38
(enregistré au studio Stenco Brazaville)


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 (previously unknown)
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)


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

Max Massengo et son orchestre Negro Band (Sonafric 7 inch)
Peuple na Olympia b/w Assassia

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)

ORCHESTRE NEGRO SUCCES

Leon "Bholen" Bombolo [far left] and singer Hubert "Djeskin" Dihunga recruited sax player André Menga from African Jazz. From Orchestre Bantou came Belgian rhythm guitarist Jean Dinos. Other members were singers Gaspard "Gaspy" Luwowo, bassist Alphonse 'Le Brun" Epayo, and drummer Samy Kiadaka. Bavon and Bholen were the principal songwriters and guitarists. Bholen was as ugly as Bavon was handsome, so they made a striking pair on stage in their smart suits. The band was hugely popular, especially among the youth of Kinshasa. In 1968 the newspaper Etoile du Congo credited them with inventing the soucous. (But note the soukous tracks recorded at the same time by Negro Band in Paris.)

A decade younger than the members of OK Jazz, Negro Succès spearheaded a youth movement that threatened to unseat the supreme OK Jazz with street-slang lyrics and a hip fashion sense adapted equally from Bollywood and Wild West movies featuring Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. Decades ahead of Michael Jackson, this "Hindu-Bill" youth also started bleaching their skin in defiance of the Authenticité movement being prompted by the Mobutu regime. Equally outrageous were the Trio Madjesi, who had a string of hits and an afternoon TV show, designed to keep the kids off the streets after school!

Negro Succès was not related to either Negro Band or Mando Negro Kwala Kwa. Ronnie Graham, in THE WORLD OF AFRICAN MUSIC VOLUME 2, mentions groups called Conga Negro, Negro Fiesta, and OD Negro. To confuse things further there were groups called Vox Negros and Vox Africa, and in West Africa a group with the grandiose title Super Negro Bantous!

But tragedy struck on 5 August 1970 when Bavon was killed in a car wreck. Rumours flew that Franco had traded his younger brother's soul to the devil for his supernatural talent on the guitar. Tshimanga Assossa (who went on to found Maquis Original in Tanzania) and young Nyboma also sang with the group until Bavon's death. Dercy Manduiangu was brought in to replace Bavon on guitar but a year later the band folded. There's a gentle dreaminess to their sound, wonderful honking sax solos and guitar occasionally reminiscent of Docteur Nico. But Bavon could also play like his brother Franco, and despite the seeming rivalry with OK Jazz it is possible Franco and Bavon made guest appearances on each other's session. On one of their biggest hits, "Libanga na Libumu," which means "a stone in the stomach," Negro Succès cop some serious James Brown style.

Sonodisc devoted two LPs and two CDs to Orchestre Negro Succès. Then there are scattered tracks on various Sono compilations and the Ngoyarto CD which has some overlap with the Sono material. Currently the only thing in print is probably the EAST OF AFRICA compilation on DAKAR SOUND, which also contains tracks from African Jazz, African Fiesta and African Team. WARNING: the two discs Legende des deux Frères W.A.M.1 & 2 that feature Franco and Bavon have made-up song titles that are in fact just songs lifted off other CDs.

José Nzolani and Serge Diantantu tell one version of the story of the origins of Negro Succès:

"Contrary to popular belief it was not Victor ("Vicky") Longomba who was behind the creation of Orchestre Negro Succès in 1961 but in fact it was four friends, Kiyunga "Djeskain", Armando Brazzos (from OK Jazz), Johnny Pinnock & Léon Bombolo aka "Bholen" who were the founders. They needed a headliner so they asked Vicky Longomba who had just come back from the Table Ronde conference in Belgium with Joseph Kabasele. Vicky did not see eye to eye with Kabasele and so agreed to join the new band at a Kinshasa bar known as Quist. Their debut was marked by mud-slinging with rivals OK Jazz. Bholen and Franco nearly came to blows. But the new band needed material, so they approached the head of "Ecodis maison bleu" who was associated with the Belgian branch of the Decca label, but then Vicky returned to OK Jazz and the new material was withdrawn. Bholen thought about going back to work in an office, then at the last moment agreed to go on a European tour with Orchestre City Five."

"Bavon Siongo known as Bavon Marie Marie was born 27 May 1944. His elder brother, Franco, wanted him to study and become a doctor. But Bavon wanted to be a musician and worked for a while with José Kayenge in Les Noirs. One day Franco showed up at the home of Kayenge and smashed three guitars. Bavon moved to Boma to avoid the rage of his brother, where in 1963 he met Dino Vangu, still in school, but gigging at the Tati-bar with Orchestre Coeur de Lion. Dino then accompanied Bavon on solo guitar at the Sida-bar. There they met Michelino who also lived in the Kitomesa district of Matadi. (Later Michelino would join Nico in African Fiesta Sukisa.) In Boma Bavon was replaced on solo guitar by Ozo, while Dino Vangu remained on accompaniment. Among the singers was a certain Windi.

"Early in 1966 with the split of African Fiesta, Rochereau wanted Bavon to replace Nico in his formation with Roger. However despite their friendship Rochereau thought better of hiring Franco's brother and discovered Claude Gustave Vangu aka "Guvano" from the Orchestre Diamant Bleu instead."

"Gigging briefly with Orchestre Jamel, based in Dendal, the still-unkown Bavon was recruited into Orchestre Cobantou of Dewayon as second lead guitarist (alongside Papa Noel), but he had limited exposure and so quit to return to his brother. Franco approached Bholen and told him he would give him instruments and material on condition he took his brother along. Bholen gladly agreed and the two formed a partnership with a musical style that bridged both camps of African Fiesta and OK Jazz."

"Bavon died tragically, alongside Marie-Josée, in a car crash on 5 August 1970. He was replaced by Dercy Mandiangu, and the band had further successes like "Nelly ya Moro" until they broke up in 1973. Bholen died in December 2007."

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)

Peter Toll argues that Vicky Longomba did have a hand in the creation of the band, as he was the proprietor of Quist. The translation of the French text is "Vicky Longomba quits African Jazz to manage the dancing-bar Quist on Itaga which he rents." But, he adds, a discussion of who founded Negro Succès is futile. "According to the article in Le Potential (the source for Nzolani's story), the musicians went to see Vicky because they wanted to start a new band. After they had a talk, Negro Succès was created. To me it means that at least Vicky was one of the founders. Also, I believe, if it wasn't for Vicky, Negro Succès would not have come into existence in 1961. And when Vicky went back to OK Jazz in 1962, it basically signaled the end of Negro Succès. It was only thanks to Franco that Bholen could revive the band in 1964. But more about that later. Nzolani's article jumps about, so, let me try to put some events in historical order:

1932: Vicky Longomba is born.
1936: Bholen Bombolo is born. (Both were older than Franco - to me, Negro Succès was of the same generation as OK Jazz)

1956: Vicky and Franco start OK Jazz. That same year Bholen joins Vedette Jazz.

1959: Bholen joins OK Jazz. He replaces Franco who spends a few months in prison, which left Vicky in charge of the band.

1960: Problems arise between Franco and Vicky who is kicked out of OK Jazz. Together with Brazzos, Vicky joins African Jazz for the trip to Brussels. Franco recruites as new singers Kwamy and Djeskain Dihunga. After the return of African Jazz from Europe, Brazzos rejoins OK Jazz. Vicky stays with African Jazz. However, he cannot get along with Grand Kalle and leaves. He becomes club owner at Quist, Bowane's old bar on Avenue de l'Itaga.

1961: Brazzos, Bholen and Djeskain want to start a new band with Pinock (singer with Rock'a Mambo). They talk with Vicky and soon they start performing as Negro Succès at Quist. Bholen is designated chef d'orchestre, the other band members are: Djeskain, Gaspy and Pinock (vcls), André Menga (sax), Alphonso Epayo (bass) and Samy Kiadaka (tumba). However, Brazzos doesn't stay long and goes back to OK Jazz. He is replaced by Jean Dinos from Orch. Bantou. That same year, Bavon starts his first band with a few friends under the name Les Cousins Bleus.

1962: Problems between Bholen and Vicky who returns to OK Jazz. Stuck without equipment or a venue to play, Negro Succès starts sinking. Also in 1962, Bavon joins Orch. Cubana Jazz with his friends, Empompo Loway and Amba Zozo.

1963: Family problems between Franco and Bavon who runs off to Boma where he plays with Coeur du Lion. When Franco's family finally accepts Bavon's choice for a career in music, he returns to Kinshasa where he joins Orch. Jamel. Meanwhile, Bholen joins Orch. City Five and leaves for Belgium.

1964: Bavon joins Orch. Cobantou but not for long, he leaves dissatisfied. Bholen returns from Europe and approaches Franco for equipment to resurrect Negro Succès. Franco agrees to help on the condition that Bavon will be part of the new formation. On Dec. 15, 1964, Negro Succès with Bavon and Bholen on board play their first gig at the Vis-à-Vis club in Matonge. Other members are: Djeskain, Gaspy, Flujos and Jojo (vcls), Alphonse Epayo (bass), Mogo (rhythm gtr), Fredos (tumba), Maproco and Bosmin (sax).

1965: Problems between Bholen and Djeskain who leaves with some members to form a new band, Super Negro. Three new singers to join Negro Succès are Amba Zozo, Bijou and Rocky.

1966: Record contract with Editions Tcheza which provides the band with their own equipment. Empompo Loway joins.

1967: Muana 15 Ans becomes Negro Succès' first big hit, followed by Lucie and Malou. The band signs a record deal with Editions Boboto and travels to Belgium for recording. Moro Maurice joins.

1969: A number of Negro Succès including Bavon and Empompo Loway went on tour to Kenya. Several musicians, among them Dieudos Makwanzi and Kalembi Kajos, decided to stay and they started a band called Les Noirs. As for Loway, after returning to Congo, he joined Tabu Ley."

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)

Thanks Peter!


TOUTE L'AFRIQUE DANSE VOL 9
avec Orchestre Negro Succès (Ngoma)
Famille Bisala
Daring Faucon
Akufa Lobi
Mama na ye Libinza
Limbisa Elise
Mibali ya echantillon
Mi-Jose wa bolingo
Mwasi ya voyage
Le caravane passe
Zongo Veronique

(Thanks to Geoff Bale who points out these were also released as singles on the Ngoma label NF3 511 to NF3 516)


Vicky et l'Orchestre Negro Succès / Essous et l'Orchestre Bantou (ESDF1407)
Special No 1 danse
A1: Bolingo ekomi se na mbongo (Vicky) Rumba Lingala
A2: J'ai trompe mon amour (Vicky) Boléro
B1: Na zonga na motema (Essous) Rumba Lingala
B2: Padrona de la musica (Essous) Cha cha espagnol

CONGO LATINO
ESDF 1401 (with Rock-a-Mambo)
B1: Kumaye
B2: Senhorita

Both tracks included on Evergreen Sound of Africa (Imperial Sound ISLP101, Nigeria), along with the two Rock-a-Mambo tracks


AMBA ZOZO & LE NEGRO SUCCES
TRESORS CACHES (Souk volume 1 ps 001)

SIDE 1 :
Molou kobanga te
Kobota elengi kobokola pasi
Chouchou est ce que okozonga
SIDE 2 :
Lucie pauni ya talo
Bana 15 ans
Naleli Coco


NEGRO-SUCCES (GF103)
a): Buena festa
b): Na kotela yo so pampa

ORCHESTRE NEGRO-SUCCES (EMI Pathe 006 15146)
a): Kimobange wenze te
b): Kanisa l'avenir

SUPER NEGRO DE KINSHASA (Sonafric SAF 1526)
Side A: Linga ngai Annie (Rumba Lingala)
Side B: Athe wapi vérité (Rumba Lingala)

SUPER NEGRO DE KINSHASA (Sonafric SAF 1525)
Side A: Club Sainte Therese
Side B: Kaleso Lelo na

SUPER NEGRO (Philips 7")
Marinella na komi zoo zoo
Emilie mamitsho

NEGRO NATIONAL (Pathé 2C006-15 180 7")
Emilie ya Sango
Mobali premier
MAX MASSENGO & NEGRO BAND (SAF 1520 7")
Peuple na Olympia
Assassia

NEGRO NATIONAL (SAF 1529 7")
Masepelisa ba weyi

According to Gary Stewart (Rumba on the River, p. 62) After the death of Bavon Marie Marie the group reformed with Paul "Dercy" Mandiangu on guitar, but less than a year later they deserted Bholen to form Négro National.

LP REISSUES:

MERVEILLES DU PASSE (SONODISC 360.013; Originally TCHEZA 2.001 1970; compositeur: Bholen)
A:
Magie [Ngoyarto CD023]
Bila Francois
Nakota Zebola [Sonodisc CD36583]
Ngai mwana 15 ans [Gefraco CD009]
Bholen mwana ya Mama Helene [Sonodisc CD36583; Esselta 2051]
B:
Mabe ya mbila [Sonodisc CD36575]
Maboke temoin Moyeke ya cherie Maika Savon ya sika astra [Sonodisc CD36575]

INTREPID BAVON MARIE MARIE (SONODISC 360.023 1970; compositeur: Bavon Marie-Marie)
A:
Maseke ya meme [Esselta 2044]
Bilamba! Mbongo ya mani?
Yalimbisa bijou [Ngoyarto CD023]
B:
Libanga na libumu part 1 [Ngoyarto CD023; Esselta 2044]
Libanga na libumu part 2 [Ngoyarto CD023; Esselta 2044]
Nadendela mibali [Sonodisc CD36575; Esselta 2051]
Nakata serment ya bolingo [Sonodisc CD36575; Esselta 2051]


CD REISSUES:
MABE YA MBILA (Sonodisc CD36575 1997)
Etabe ya mofude (Mujos) eds. Tcheza
Bolelaka ngai mingi (Bholen) eds. Tcheza
Titi mwasi ya libala (Zozo) eds. Tcheza
Okokufa na date ya pasi (Zozo) eds. Tcheza
Albertine mwana ya deke (Gaspy) eds. Tcheza
Mabe ya mbila (Bholen) eds. Tcheza
Savon astral (Bholen) eds. Tcheza
Nazangi Héritier (Bholen) eds. Réveillon
Ruel changement (Bholen) eds. Réveillon
Nadendela mibali (Bavon) eds. Réveillon
Nakata serment uya bolingo (Bavon) eds. Réveillon
Mi-josé wa bolingo (Morro Maurice) eds. Réveillon

LUCIE TOZONGANA / NELLY NA PLACE NA NGAI (Sonodisc CD36583 ca.1997)
Nakota zebola (Bholen)
Lucie tozongana (Bavon Marie-Marie)
Phani (Bavon Marie-Marie)
Mobio margo (Alphonso)
Kusala cherie (Gaspy)
Défaillant (Mujos)
Naleli coco (Mujos)
Bholen mwana ya mama Helena (Bholen)
Nakobala nani (Bholen)
Mille zaires pour Lucie (Bavon Marie-Marie)
Elise mangezi (Gaspy)
Kusala Gaspy (Gaspy)
Libala ya ngai na Zozo (Zozo)
Nelly na place na ngai (Maurice Morro)

SIONGO BAVON MARIE MARIE & L'ORCHESTRE NEGRO-SUCCES 1967-1968-1969
(Ngoyarto 023 / Edition Alamoule)
Ya limbisa bijoux (Bavon)
Libanga na libumu part 1 (Bavon)
Libanga na libumu part 2 (Bavon)
Mobali atulaka te (Leon Bohlen)
Mahele (Bavon)
Magie (Leon Bohlen)
Kobota Elengi(Leon Bohlen)
Munga Jospehine (Zozo)


BAVON MARIE MARIE VOL 1 LIBANGA NA LIBUMU (Esselta ESS2044 2006)
Maseke ya meme
Beatrice
Josephine
Libanga na libumu
Kusala Ma hele
Papi mobali na ngai
Etabe ya mofude
Na kanga motema
Denise

BAVON MARIE MARIE VOL 2 FOREVER (Esselta ESS2044 2051)
Mille zaire pour Lucie
Fany
Muana 15 ans
Mobembo bolowa
Matinda
Lucie Tozongana
Elongi television
Motema Sanduku
Nakata serment ya bolingo
Nadendela mibali

BAVON MARIE MARIE & LE NEGROS SUCCES VOL 1 (Gefraco CD009)
Editions Kaluila
Muana 15 Ans
Lucy
Fanny
Nabio
Kundi
Etabe
Balelaka ngai mingi
Fifi

N.B. This Kinois CD has only two non-duplications from other CDs: "Nabio" & "Fifi"; the others have been given abbreviated titles.

SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY OF NEGRO SUCCES

ESENGO SINGLES

cat no

title

composer

notes

188a Obatelaka mwana ya batu (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes summer 1960
188b Koleka te na zongi mama (Bolero Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
189a Soyez Reconnaisant (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
189b Osengaki ngai situation (Cha cha Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
190a Suzy tika bipale (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
190b Yo moko obebisi mama (Bolero Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
191a Lahora senhora (Cha cha Espagnol) Brazzos et Negro succes
191b tika na kufa na mabanzo (Rumba Lingala) Brazzos et Negro succes
194a Ngai leki na yo (Rumba Lingala) Leon et Negro succes
194b Yo soy amoroso (Cha cha Espagnol) Leon et Negro succes
195a Negro a se distingue (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
195b Bapekisa ngai koswana (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro succes
196a Mbanda sala mitelengano (Rumba Lingala) Djeskin et Negro succes
196b Rosa ata mokanda (Bolero Lingala) Djeskin et Negro succes
528a Louise Bosalani (Rumba Lingala) Baguin, Nezy et orchestre Negro Succès ca. Jan 1962
528b Kumaye (Cha cha Espagnol) Nezy Michaux Demon (Matrix CM 10001-1) Baguin, Nezy et orchestre Negro Succès
62.3a Les bohemiens (Cha cha Espagnol) Max, Demon et orch. Negro Succès
62.3b Veni (Rumba Lingala) Max, Demon et orch. Negro Succès
62.4a Ya no regresa (Cha cha Espagnol) Bolhem et Negro Succès
62.4b Wa ngai Brigitte moke (Rumba Lingala) Bolhem et Negro Succès
62.5a Ata miso ya pamba Vicky et Negro Succès
62.5b Kanda ekokosaka Vicky et Negro Succès
62.6a Nasili nazui liberte nyonso (Rumba Lingala) Leon et Negro Succès ca. June 1962
62.6b El pena del corporel (Cha cha Espagnol) Leon et Negro Succès
62.7a Cherie Ondangue (Rumba Lingala) Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.7b Koboya ngai te mama (Rumba Lingala) Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.9a Mopezo esukisi ngai (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro Succès
62.9b Moto yonso akobungaka (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro Succès
62.10a Buena noche mi berza (Cha cha Espagnol) Bolhem, Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.10b Nasondola mwana tina nini (Rumba Lingala) Bolhem, Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.11a Que muchenumbre (Cha cha Espagnol) Vicky et Negro Succès
62.11b Mbanda zongisa ya awa (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro Succès
62.12a Tata zongisa ngai na kondi (Bolero Lingala) Vicky et Negro Succès ca. Aug 1962
62.12b Nalingi etumba nalembi kofinga (Rumba Lingala) Vicky et Negro Succès
62.13a Tika nakonda (Rumba Lingala) Epayo, Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.13b Nakipati (Rumba Lingala) Epayo, Djeskin et Negro Succès
62.14a Ebale mbongue DeWayon et Negro Succès
62.14b Moto na moto ya position DeWayon et Negro Succès
62.16a Los amor Mary Clary (Merengue Espagnol) Nezy et Negro Succès
62.16b Naboyi kofinga (Rumba Lingala) Nezy et Negro Succès
62.17a Elo cha cha cha (Cha cha Espagnol) Elo et Negro Succès
62.17b Bolingo pasi Caroline (Rumba Lingala) Elo et Negro Succès

NGOMA SINGLES of NEGRO SUCCES

Title

Catalog #

On LP

On CD

Mama na ye Libinza b/w Le Caravane passe NF3 511 Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9
Famille Bisala b/w Mwasi ya Voyage NF3 512 Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9
Akufa lobi b/w Daring Faucon NF3 513 Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9
Mokumba ya makambo b/w Zongo Veronique NF3 514 B on Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9
Limbisa Elise b/w Mibali ya Echantillon NF3 515 Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9
Mi-Jose wa bolingo (Moro Maurice) b/w Gina mwana quartier NF3 516 A on Toute l'Afrique danse vol 9 A on CD36575

title

composer

on LP

on CD

Permission Bholen 360.051 Succès d'Hier 1966
Albertine Mwana ya ndeke Gospy 360.089 African Party vol 1 (1968) CD36575
Naleli Coco Flujos 360.089 African Party vol 1 (1968); TRESORS CACHéES CD36538; BAV001CD Legende des 2 frères vol 1
Magie Bholen Tcheza 203; 360.003; 360.013
[LP: Tcheza 2.001]
CD NGOYARTO 023
Bila François Bholen Tcheza 203; 360.003; 360.013
[LP: Tcheza 2.001]
Nakota Zebola Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] CD36538; also on W.A.M.1 as "Osundola Bolingo"
Ngai mwana 15 ans Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] Gefraco CD009; Esselta ESS2051
Bholen mwana ya mama Helene Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001]; also on W.A.M.1 as "Bolingo ngai" CD36538
Mabe ya mbilia Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] 1967 CD 36510; CD36575
Maboke temoin Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] 1968 CD 36510
Moyeke ya cherie Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] CD 36510
Maika Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] CD 36510
Savon ya sika astra Bholen 360.013 [Tcheza 2.001] CD36575
Maseke ya meme
("Sheep's horn")
Bavon Marie-Marie Ed. 360.023 1970; also on Fiesta label CD36537; Esselta ESS2044
Yalimbisa bijou Bavon Marie-Marie B side of above 1970, on Fiesta label
Bilamba! Mbongo ya mani? Bavon Marie-Marie 360.023
Ya limbisa Bijou Bavon Marie-Marie 360.023 CD NGOYARTO 023 CD36501
Libanga na libumu 1 & 2
("A stone in the stomach")
Bavon Marie-Marie 360.023 CD NGOYARTO 023; Esselta ESS2044; Congo 70 Rumba Rock (syllart)
Nadendela mibali Bavon Marie-Marie 360.023 CD36575; Esselta ESS2051
Nakata serment ya bolingo Bavon Marie-Marie 360.023 CD36575; Esselta ESS2051
Mobali atulaka te Leon Bholen Fiesta 51.029 CD NGOYARTO 023
Ma hele Bavon Marie-Marie Fiesta 51.029 CD NGOYARTO 023; Esselta ESS2044
Kobota elengi kobokolo mpasi Bholen 360.153 Merveilles du Passé 1967; TRESORS CACHéES CD NGOYARTO 023
Tombe Mire spa Bholen 360.153 Merveilles du Passé 1967
Nabosana soseti? Bavon Marie-Marie 360.153 Merveilles du Passé 1967
Que tenga hora Bavon Marie-Marie 360.153 Merveilles du Passé 1967
Munga Josephine Didi Kalombo CD NGOYARTO 023 (67-69); Esselta ESS2044 (?)
Etabe ya mofude Flujos Ed. Tcheza Gefraco CD009 (?); Esselta ESS2044; CD36575; CD36537
Compilations Orchestres Congolo-Zairoises
Bolelaka ngai mingi Bholen CD36575; Gefraco CD009
Titi mwasi ya libala Zozo CD36575
Okokufa na date ya pasi Zozo CD36575
Nazangi heritier Bholen CD36575
Ruel changement? Bholen CD36575
Mi-Jose wa bolingo Moro Maurice CD36575
Lucie tozongana Bholen or Bavon? Ed. Tcheza CD36538; CD36537; Esselta ESS2051
Phani Bavon Marie-Marie CD36538
Mobio margo Alphonso CD36538; also on W.A.M.2 as "Vicky nakobala yo"
Kundi Alphonso CD36538; Gefraco CD009
Kusala Cherie Gaspy CD36538; Esselta ESS2044; on W.A.M. 2 as "Mimie na Bendi Nzoto"
Défaillant Flujos CD36538; also on W.A.M.1 as "Papy"
Nakobala nani Bholen CD36538; also on W.A.M.1 as "Nasomba bolingo"
Milles Zaires por Lucie Bavon Marie-Marie CD36538; Esselta ESS2051; on W.A.M.2 as "Maman ya antho"
Elise Mangezi Gaspy CD36538
Kusala Gaspy Gaspy CD36538
Libala ya ngai na Zozo Zozo CD36538' on W.A.M.2 as "No yoki se na sango"
Nelly na place na ngai Maurice Moro CD36538
Mokolo se mokolo Bavon Marie-Marie Editions Epanza Makita 65 (1968);
360.003 L'Afrique Danse no 3
CD36507 (Merveilles du Passé vol 2)
Palado Palado Bavon Marie-Marie Editions Epanza Makita 65 (1968);
360.003 L'Afrique Danse no 3
CD36507 (Merveilles du Passé vol 2)
Mokili ebeta ngai Fimbo Bholen Ed. Boboto CD36537
Toluke mwana ya kape Zozo Ed. Boboto 1969 CD36540
Catho Moke Dicky Ed. Boboto 1969 CD36540
Talsiman Bholen Ed. Boboto 1969 CD36540
Liteya ya ntongo Bholen Ed. Boboto 1968 CD 36510
Majo Bholen licensed by Melodica, Nairobi in late 60s
voc: Assossa, Didi Kalombo; sax: Empompo
CD DKS018 East of Africa
Kokisa confiance te Bholen licensed by Melodica, Nairobi in late 60s
voc: Assossa, Didi Kalombo, Bijou, Zozo;
sax: Empompo; gtr: Bavon
CD DKS018 East of Africa
Bolole Bholen licensed by Melodica, Nairobi in late 60s
voc: Assossa, Didi Kalombo
sax: Moro Maurice; gtr: Bholen, Paul Dercy
CD DKS018 East of Africa
Vie ya Kindumba Bholen licensed by Melodica, Nairobi in late 60s
voc: Zozo, Bijou; sax: Empompo
gtr: Bavon
CD DKS018 East of Africa
Yokoka toli nani Bholen licensed by Melodica, Nairobi in late 60s
voc: Assossa, Didi Kalombo
gtr: Bholen, Paul Dercy
CD DKS018 East of Africa
Lucy Bavon Marie-Marie Gefraco CD009 Bavon Marie Marie et le Negros Succès V.1
Fanny Bavon Marie-Marie Gefraco CD009 Bavon Marie Marie et le Negros Succès V.1; Esselta ESS2051 Bavon Marie Marie Forever V.2
Nablo Bavon Marie-Marie Gefraco CD009 Bavon Marie Marie et le Negros Succès V.1
Fifi Bavon Marie-Marie Gefraco CD009 Bavon Marie Marie et le Negros Succès V.1
Beatrice Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2044 Bavon Marie Marie & Les Negros Succès: Libanga Na Libumu V1
Papi Mobali Na Ngai Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2044 Bavon Marie Marie & Les Negros Succès: Libanga Na Libumu V1
Na Kanga Motema Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2044 Bavon Marie Marie & Les Negros Succès: Libanga Na Libumu V1
Denise Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2044 Bavon Marie Marie & Les Negros Succès: Libanga Na Libumu V1
Mobembo Bolowa Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2051 Bavon Marie Marie Forever V.2
Elongi Television Bavon Marie-Marie 45 rpm: Lenda Ve Ya Inki b/w Elongi Ya Television (ASL 7-1874, Kenya) Esselta ESS2051 Bavon Marie Marie Forever V.2
Elekwe 45 rpm: Elekwe b/w Lenda Ve Ya Inki (African 90.265) Surboum Africain 1968
Fany Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2051 Bavon Marie Marie Forever V.2
Motema Saduku Bavon Marie-Marie Esselta ESS2051 Bavon Marie Marie Forever V.2
Muana beya b/w bolingo ya mawa te orch Negro Succès 74 Musiki du Zaire MZ 7 -2 (A.I.T. Kenya)
Kiboba aya buala b/w Naponi kaka yo orch Negro Succès 74 Musiki du Zaire MZ 7 -3 (A.I.T. Kenya)
Serieux wapi bakama b/w Dimanche munga orch Negro Succès 74 Musiki du Zaire MZ 7 -4 (A.I.T. Kenya)
Nzela ya Suzanella (Gaspy - Rumba)
b/w Nadendela mibali (Bavon - Rhythm Mambetta)
orch Negro Succès Reveillon RV16 / Soneca 13926
Anto na Gina Bholen Ed. Boboto CD 36510
Na boi kosambua 1 & 2 Rocky Sonafric SAF1936 P1977
Kungi 1 & 2 Rocky Sonafric SAF1937 P1977
Sekou 1 & 2 Rocky Sonafric SAF1938 P1977
Esta cum pachanga (charanga)
b/w Pacha pachanga
Alphonse
Bholen
Ed. Boboto BBT.31
Ya mbala sima
b/w Kadioka
Bholen
Bholen
Epanza Makita 66 re: African 90.129 1967
Mbongo ya liboso
b/w Matondo ya beya
DECCA West Africa CD.245

Updated 24 October 2014
Original material copyright 2014 by Alastair M. Johnston. All rights reserved.

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

The Mbokamosika page has more photos and other Negro Band info.