congo in kenya

This page is devoted to expatriate Congolese bands working in East Africa in the 70s and 80s. My aim here is to plot a family tree, adding
band names, including names of band members, dates, and recordings of these bands. The information on this page is copyright, but may
be reprinted with proper acknowledgment (see bottom of page for Creative Commons Licensing Agreement). Major contributions have
been made by Peter Toll, Douglas Paterson, Tim Clifford, Zim Bida, Flemming Harrev, Alan Wheeler, Paul Johnston, Siama Matuzungidi,
and others listed below.

Baba Gaston


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 (who formed Pepelepe), Yassa Bijou Ley (now in Mombasa, Kenya), Lisasi Ebale Mozindo, Zengele Saida (guitarist 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:
Peter Ingolo
Odindo Ayieko
Muttu Mondiya Mama: Music and Musicians in Eastern and Central Africa
Graeme Ewens: Africa O-Ye!, Da Capo, 1991
Douglas Paterson, "Kenya: The life and times of Kenyan pop" in The Rough Guide to World Music Vol 1 (Africa, Europe and the Middle East) by Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Richard Trillo (Editors), London, Rough Guides, 1999

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.
The tour was to take Orchestra Basanga through Uganda and Tanzania followed by a grand performance in Nairobi before returning home. So after a rather lukewarm reception in Uganda and a low-key performance in Tanzania, the band, led by Kalombo Mwanza, set out for Nairobi. However, somewhere along the way, internal rifts developed over money after the tour's sponsor took off with the little cash that had been realised.
"That was a trying time for me. I was among the band's youngest members, it was my first foreign tour and there we were, splitting. I wondered how I would find my way back home with no money," recalls Pasi.
When they got to Nairobi, the band split up and it was every man for himself. With no tools of trade, no person to turn to, Pasi wandered in the streets of Nairobi, hoping to meet a Congolese who he would share his problems with.
"I did not even have a guitar to perform on the streets to raise money for food".
For almost a month, Pasi had to beg to survive. The paradise in Nairobi was elusive.
"It was not London to me any more. There was no milk, no honey, not even bread crumbs. I was starving, I needed something to do to get food," recalls Pasi.
After knowing his way around town, Pasi joined a Congolese band by the name Boma Liwanza.
"I just introduced myself and they allowed me to perform with them although they doubted my abilities. I proved myself and they accepted me officially," he says.

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.

Jimmy Moni Mambo


Shika Shika released an album on the Hit Parade label in 1982 and two more in 1983, and produced a slew of singles on different labels. "Tika na lela (Leave me to weep)" by Lovy is one of their greatest songs: it became their catch-phrase. They quote the lyrics often, and reprise it musically in both "Massa" and "Ma-Sofia." Among those who leave and weep in this latter version are Samba Mapangala. Their other hits included "Sisili," "Amba," & "Inyo" (according to Phil Bunce in Issue 3 of SONGA! magazine which included a cassette of "Amba").

Among the singers of Shika Shika were Monimambo Jim (born 15 Nov 1949; died circa 2002 in Dar-es-Salaam), Vicky "Lovy" Longomba (1957-96) and Moreno Batamba (1955-October 1994).

Monimambo was also known as Jimmy Monimambo Mfumu Ntoto, the honorific means "King of the Earth" in the Ki-Kongo language (Maquis du Zaire did a song called "Mtukwao" with the lyric "Monimambo ooooh!"). He has most songwriting credits. Monimambo is a surname in Angola; it is also the name of a pan-Kongo trickster spirit! Jimmy was born in Barumbu, Kinshasa of Angolan parents. Many Angolans migrated to the Congo basin in search of work. Sam Mangwana and Ricardo Lemvo also have Angolan roots. In addition to Shika Shika, Monimambo (who started out with orchestras Los Angel and Cercul Jazz, among others) wrote and performed with Boma Liwanza, Special Liwanza, and Viva Makale of Kalombo Mwanza George. Other bandmates in Shika Shika included Bwami Walumona & Kasongo Kanema formerly of Baba Nationale, and later of Les Mangelepa, Lawi Somona, plus Sammy Mansita (later of Virunga, who also fronted Orch Mokano), guitarist Mwalimu Siama Matuzungidi, and drummer Lava Machine, who were together in Virunga. Monimambo and Longomba also recorded with studio bands Orchestra Mos Mos and Orchestra Pole Pole. Guitarist Chery Matumona (like Siama Matuzungidi, a member of Orchestre Cavacha in 1976) left in 1981 to go to Uganda & Zambia; he now lives in Canada.

Siama Matuzungidi was guitarist with the Cavacha band in Kinshasa in the 70's (The Cavacha was a dance later popularized by Zaiko Langa Langa). Cavacha was formed by Dona Mobeti (tenor voice) and Mopero (baritone). It also featured Mambo Ley and Nanga Nella. Melodica in Nairobi sold their 45s on the Editions Diabim and ASL labels, including "O Mimita" which was written by guitarist Chery Matumona, "Bakota Bakota" by Dona Mobeti and "Nene Malakasi" by Nanga Nella. Their 1976 hit "Luciana" can be found on the Ngoyarto CD Les plus grands succès de l'orchestre Shama Shama de Mopero. Siama's first composition for them was called "Bomoto mabasi." As Siama says, "Mopero split and formed Orchestre Cavacha de Mopero which led to a conflict. Finally Franco intervened and told Mopero to get a new name. Vicky Shama Shama was Mopero's girlfriend so he chose that as the name of the band (and it was also a hit song title by Cavacha de Mopero). Shama Shama was formed from Cavacha members as Mopero Wa Maloba was the Cavacha singer." Siama recalls: "Now I can see all the sin we lived with at that time, it was fun! Mopero died in West Africa in 2008, very sad. Shama Shama band got divided just before the Uganda trip; Mopero got new musicians and went to Uganda and then the band broke up again -- that's why KoKo Zigo convinced me to fly to Uganda and form Kombe Kombe in 1978 with Koko Zigo as the singer. We moved to Kenya as Kombe Kombe and we were given a contract at Garden Square in Nairobi to form a new band by the name Viva Makale, but Koko Zigo kept the name Kombe Kombe for our private recordings."
Siama recalls: "At the beginning of Viva Makale the band was:

George Kalombo Mwanza/saxophone and vocal
Buami Walumona/lead guitar
Chery Matumona/lead guitar
Siama Matuzungidi/rhythm guitar
Tabu Frantal/guitar
Thomy Kabea Lomboto/bass guitar
Coco Zigo/vocal
Moreno Batamba/vocal
Jimmy Monimambo/vocal
Tambwe Mandola/vocal
Lava Machine/drums

Siama Matuzungidi
Then the line-up of Shika Shika was:

Jimmy Monimambo/vocal
Siama Matuzungidi/guitar
Chery Matumona/lead guitar
Tabu Frantal/lead guitar
Lovy Longomba/vocal
Dago Mayombe/vocal
Wabansilu Manycho/bass
Lava Machine/drums
Lawi Somana/sax (sometimes Atey or Tabu Ngongo)

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."


Jojo Ikomo in Nairobi

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, Mandala Otis Muissa, 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).
Other members of Bana Moja were bass player Manitcho and guitarist Roxy Tshimpaka (ex-Thu Zaina). During their stay in Uganda the group produced a few records that were later released as 45 RPMs on the African label:
African 90853 - Mayatu Pt 1 & 2 (Ed. Bana Moja, later redone for the LP "Maya Tu", KR 1007).
African 90984 - Azonga / Koyoka koyoka (Ed. Bana-Moja 02)
African 90985 - Okei kolakate nika / Na bangi makambo (Ed. Bana-Moja 03)
African 90986 - Mabaku Pt 1 & 2 (Ed. Bana-Moja 04)

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 "Los Los" Lokassa ("Masumbuko ya Dunia") 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). Jojo also recorded with Orch. Bassanga on the ASL label. 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 (1982)) 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.

Lovy Longomba

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 (in May 1981) 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 "Jeriko" Zigo Mike joined Shama Shama de Mopero before moving to Kenya as part of Viva Makale, Kombe Kombe, then Virunga (of Samba Mapangala), before leading his own Losako Musica in Nairobi. He also sang with Viva Stars in Kenya (probably a Viva Makale regrouping) and later formed Losaka la Musica and Bangambo Zigidia. 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.

Baba Gaston & Baba National

(For biography see above)


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
2: Pesa-Pesa
(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.")


Side A:
Sous Ordre Ya Mwasi Pts 1 & 2
Molukano Pts 1 & 2
Side B:
Ilunga Na Mombasa Pts 1 & 2
Baba Gaston Numero 3
Baba National

Side A:
Ilunga-Ilunga Pt1 & Pt2
Mpenzi ya Mperemen De (Pipi)
Side B:
Mei Pt1 & Pt2
Ain Souci
Ngai Nayo Dialoguete

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.
This LP is special for obvious reasons: the music is of high quality and in the tradition of Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga "Gaston" himself who is noted for his tremendous sense of perfection: This LP has been made more special in the sense that most of the tracks have never been released before. You will enjoy the super hits like Mbula ya basi, Mapenzi ya Peremende, Mama Bana & Magenlepa and many more.
Besides the high quality of music -- not forgetting the best quality of recording -- there are other important factors which make this LP to be even more Special.
It does also commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Orchestre Baba National and 40th Anniversary of Baba Ilunga himself. And it is also the first LP by Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga in East Africa....
He was born 5th July 1936 at Likasi -- about 100 kilometers east of Lumbumbashi, the capital of Shaba Province in the Republic of Zaire. His main interest in music was prompted by the church choir.
When he was nine years old, Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga was a member of the Roman Catholic Church Choir at Likasi and Lumbumbashi and he attributes his initial success in music to his first teacher -- Joseph Kiwele -- who composed so many religious songs in Shaba Province in the early fifties.
Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga became a professional musician between 1951 and 1952 when he joined an all-white group -- the Orchestre de la Sabene -- in Lumbumbashi.
It is while in this orchestra when he composed what was to become his famous hit -- Baba Gaston. Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga owes his success in the field of profession music to his late Greek teacher -- Leonidas Rapitis -- who was a noted composer and pianist in the Republic of Zaire.
Rama Athumani, Taifa Weekly, Nairobi, 10th January, 1976.


info needed

REVIVAL (ASLP 1004 1985)
A1: Adios chou chou
Vichwa viwili
B1: You love my friend
Kosa gani omeer

SAFARI (ASLP 1006 1985)
A: Nazonga mboka
Safari ya Tanzania
B: Nyongo mpenda watu
Que sera sera

A.1. Bruxelles a Butembo
2. Okozua Nini
B.1. Lengema Big Manager
2. Vituko Vya Harusi

A.1. Ekelekele
2. Hello Hello
B.1. Rudi Nyumbani Africa
2. Condition Bi-Msum
This LP was recorded at Studio Minzoto (Zaire) with singer Stazo Ya Esta (= Starzo ya Esta, Stazo Ya Estha). I assume Baba Gaston recorded this album with Kinshasa musicians during a trip to Zaire. (Peter Toll)

Baba National

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
Bruxelles a Butembo ASL 7-003
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
Lolo Twisonge
Lulu Masamba 1 & 2 (IWI 6)
Madaraka kwa yaya 1 & 2 (Ilunga wa Ilunga) Edition Kamanyola KAM14
Maja aba Mpamba No 2 (Tshikuna) ASL 7-2119 1976
Mapenzi ya peremende b/w Mke Mwenzangu (Baba Ilunga wa Ilunga) ASL 7-2179
Maria Clara
Mboka Mopaya
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
Relaxing/Yarroo (on ZAMBIA 64 soundtrack album) (EMI JCLP10044)
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
You Love my Friend (Baba Ilunga Wa Ilunga) ASL2344
Zala Reconnaisant Fa Fan b/w FC Lupopo Bana ya tembe (ASL 1520)

Baba Gaston & Orch Tchondo National "Kalai" pts 1 & 2 YAHOOS YS001
Orch Tchondo Nationale "Mwambusa" (Evanika) YAHOOS YS002

Amisi Omonelinga
Nyongoo Mpenda Watu

Greatest Hits vol 1 (Tamasha) probably recorded in Congo 1970
1. Marie Clara
2. Caesar ya Maobi (sic) i.e. Caesar Moyibi
Ngai mwana nazongi (vocals by Starzo ya Estha)
3. Lolo Twisonge
4. T.P. Engelbert
5. Lofundu ya pamba
6. Mboka mopaya pasi
7. Wa Ngoya
*Muddy sound. See my review on Music of Congo page 3.

Baba Gaston: Baba Ilunga Ilunga & Ngai Nabeleli (Tamasha)
1. Kai Kai 4'40
2. Ngai Nabeleli 8'38
3. Winnie 9'01
4. Ilunga wa Ilunga 8'36
5. Baba Gaston 3'39
6. Rudi Shambani a.k.a. Safari ya Tanzania 8'27
7. Qui Sera Sera 9'12
8. Africa au Zaire 8'47
* Note: Beware of a mislabelled version of this CD available from various download sites such as Amazon and Limewire. It is actually a Negro Sucèss album. I have listed the track times above to help in identification.

courtesy Alan Wheeler

courtesy Afro7 net

Bana Ekanga

An offshoot of Baba Nationale, featuring Yassa Bijou Ley, later in Bana Ngenge and Pepelepe, and female vocalist Nana Akumu wa Kudu, also of Pepelepe & later OK Jazz. Nana's lovely song "Haraka Haina Baraka" uses a well-known Swahili catchphrase meaning "Hurrying is bad for your health" or "Haste makes waste." "Auma" tells the story of the band's travels from Zaire to Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya, "gentille pays (a lovely country)." Bana Ekanga's songs also exhort Jim (i.e. Jacques Akomo?), Kasule Mopepe, Mongo Ley, Dago Mayombe, Ochudis, Adey, Tobina (label owner?), Tabou (bass?), "Mwalimu" (i.e. Siama, rhythm guitarist), Juma, and (drummer) Lava Machine.


Auma 1 & 2 (Bijou Ley) Eds Shika Shika SKA 004
Bana Ekanga 1 & 2 () Bolingo DD10
Basala kala 1 & 2 (Nana Akumu) Eds JACA JRP27
Haraka Haina baraka (Nanu Akumu) Eds Shika-Shika SKA003
Liwa ya mama Tabu 1 & 2 (ASL 2292) 1981
Mitelengano (Tobina TON36)
Mwana Marehemu 1 & 2 (Rey Seme) MALI MOTO RICH01 (Seko-Seko)
Nziki-Nziki 1 & 2 (Yasa Baita Bijou) CBS Linga 12 ca. 1980-81
Sukuma-Wiki 1 & 2 (Yessa Bijou-Ley) Tobina TON 30
Wasi wasi ya nini? 1 & 2 (ASL 3396) 1981

Super Ekanga 45:

Maluki Papa 1 & 2 (Bijou Ley) Ed Tingiza TING 1

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.

Jojo Ikomo, Fataki Lokassa, Moreno = vox
Alexis Ikomo
Roxy Tshimpaka, guitar solo
Nsilu Wabansilu Manitcho (bass)
Lawison Somana (sax)
Ochudis, Mandala Otis Muissa
Zengele Saida (guitar)
Beya Maduma (a.k.a. Moro Maurice), sax

The Kin-based band, known as the Belgicains because they all studied in Belgium, formed in the early 80s included:
Boutié (tenor)
Dada Akoma (bass; later with Langa Langa Stars)
Gérard (harmony singer)
Thomas Ndjoku
Felly Ndjoku
Petit Mando (drums)
Elvis Kunku (2nd guitar; later with Empire Bakuba)


Ikomo Djo-Djo & Orch. Bana Modja: Maya Tu
(Kina-Rama LP KR1007)
(Recorded by Mayaka Esongama, Kinshasa, distributed by Sonodisc, Paris)
1. Amour Go
2. Kaiba
3. Maya Tu
4. Souvenir Go

Maya tu 1 & 2 (Ed. Bana Moja, later redone for the LP "Maya Tu", KR 1007; reissued African 90853)
Azonga (Eloko Djo Felly) / Koyoka koyoka (Engange Djo Djo Ikomo) Ed. Bana-Moja 02; reissued African 90.984
Okei kolakate nika (Nono Tamango) / Na bangi makambo (Ey'osuka Djana) Edi. Bana-Moja 03; reissued African 90.985 1975
Mabaku 1 & 2 (Ed. Bana-Moja 04; reissued African 90986)
Mayatu 1 & 2 (Ikomo Djo-Djo) African (Paris) 90.853 1974 Miseminga
Londia (Kina Rama 2)
Munsi b/w Manz (EMI/Pathé PEA215)

Bana Ngenge

"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. The song "Bana ya Ngenge" tells the story of their formation.

Djo-Djo Ikomo, Fataki Lokassa, Moreno, Ochudi (or Ochudis), Mandala Otis Muissa, Bijou Ley (?) - vocals
Roxy Tshimpika - solo guitar
Zengele Saida - guitar
Chery Matumona - guitar
Apollo (?) - guitar
Nsilu Wabansilu Manitcho - bass
Maurice Beya Maduma - sax
Lawison Somana - sax
Lava Machine / Alexi / Augiga - drums


Bana ya Ngenge
Belinda (Fataki Lokassa) Bana Moja 11
Bo moto Manytsho (Nsilu Waba Nsilu) Musiki du Zaire MZ 102 (P) 1976
Cherie Flora (Ingange Ikomo Jojo) or Cherie Fleur
Cherie Peter
Etisomba (Fataki Lokassa) Bana Moja BANA 13
Kayumba (Ingange Ikomo Jojo)
Koliya ya mpesa (found on Grand Piza CD)
Kolokota (Fataki Lokassa) Eds BABU 012 (a "Shika Yeye")
Kombe Kombe (Ingange Ikomo Jojo)
Lobe Lobe (Fataki Lokassa) Bana Moja BANA 9
Malanda (Fataki Lokassa) Bana Moja BANA 14
Msema Kweli Baba (Fataki Lokassa) Eds JACA JRP12
Mwajuma (Zengele Saida)
Nzela ya Mombasa Wakuze (Mandala Muissa) (Musiki du Zaire MZ100) (p)1975 Bokuku
Omanga (Fataki Lokassa) Tobina Editions TON16
Selina BABU 11
Zainabu () Kung Fu TON17

Bana Ngenge CDs:

orch BANA NGE NGE "Vol 1" Melodica (Kenya)

1. Kayumba (taken from a scratched record with "double dolby" & too much bass; on top of that the record sticks at one point!)
2. Belinda
3. Malanda (also from a record with surface pops)
4. Etisomba
5. Lobe Lobe
6. Omanga

orch BANA NGE NGE "Vol 2" Melodica (Kenya)

1. Bana ya Ngenge
2. Cheri Peter
3. Kombe Kombe
4. Cheri Clara (i.e. "Cherie Fleur")
5. Seline (i.e. Selina)

Mostly taken from badly dubbed cassettes. Budget in every sense of the word, reprocessed sound with the classic Melodica "rinse" to remove the sonic brightness & render it as auditory mush. All of these tracks on the 2 CDs have been posted on YouTube where you can judge the sound quality.

Bana Ngenge Stars Popote
Dunia Imelaniwa 1 & 2 Universal Sounds USD005

Mange-Ngenge Orchestre

(Yet another formation with Coco Zigo, and presumably some remnants of Bana Ngenge)

Sugar Mami () Editions Ba-Ba EB12 (1977)
Aori 1 & 2 (Mukala Coco) Editions Ba-Ba EB13

Bana Likasi

See also under Lovy
Likasi, Congo, was Baba Gaston's hometown, and presumably Lovy Longomba's as well. Bana Likasi the band was a side project of Lovy in 1985 when he wanted to avoid contractual obligations for his group Super Lovy. According to Julian Thorpe's website the Bana Likasi musicians were members of Super Mazembe: Katele Aley (vocals), Kalombo Mwanza George (sax), Miketo Rapok Kayembe (vocals), Atia Jo (bass), Lovy Longomba (vocals), Didos Mutonkole Longwa (singer), Kasongo Kanema/Madjo (vocals) and Roddy Mapako Lobe. They recorded on AIT's subsidiary which was Lovy's own Suplov label, and Editions Chris Tetemeko. We can add Kalala Mbwebwe, who wrote "Imbe," to the line-up.


Auma 1 & 2 () Eds Bana-Likasi BAS1
Bilangwela 1 & 2 SUPLOV 5 (P) 1985
Fatuma 1 & 2 (Lovy Longomba) SUPLOV 10
Imbe 1 & 2 (Kalala Mbwebwe) Eds Suplov 008 (Kiswahili; recorded at APL Studio) ca 1985
Keba-yo 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 07)
Lena 1 & 2 (Kanema) Eds Chris Tetemeko CHRIS7
Lovy (Lovy Longomba) Eds Bana-Likasi BAS2
Mado Zaina 1 & 2 (Lovy Longomba) Eds Suplov 007
Part one of "Mado Zaina" can be heard on the Rounder LP The Nairobi Beat
Mayopa 1 & 2 Eds Chris CHRIS05 (also on Best of Editions CHRIS cassette/CD)
Monni CHRIS06

Bana Nzadi

See under Moreno

Orch Bassanga

Orch. Bassanga, led by saxophonist and vocalist, George Kalombo Mwanza, also featured Jojo Ikomo, Batchalinge Tabu Ogollah (of Special Liwanza, Boma Liwanza, Shika Shika, Les Jaca, before he moved to Japan), William Tambwe Lokassa and the Ethiopian Tamrat Tommy. Drummer was Kavabuha Augustin, alias Augiga, from Burundi who began singing in a church choir at age 9. He studied music before joining Nairobi Bassanga, Bana Ngenge, then Bwambe Bwambe; among his other bands were Afripal and Superflies. In Tanzania he joined Masantula Ngoma and Orch Makassy before returning to Burundi where he founded orchestra Imboneza. He returned to Tanzania to join Lake Tanganyika Club Band, made up of veterans. (The Bassanga are cave-dwelling people in Southern Katanga province, Congo.)


Oyando 1 & 2 (Jojo Ikomo) ASL 2187N

Orchestre Batcha Lokito Band

I found one single from this band on the Bana Moja label, written by Batchalinge, aka, Tabu Frantal. Probably done at the same time as Jojo Ikomo's album with Orchestre Lokito.

Sita 1 & 2 (Batchalinge) Bana Moja BANA 35

courtesy Samy ben Redjeb

Orchestre Bella Succès

No info on this band, who may have come from Southern Congo via Zambia. I don't think there's a connection to Vercky's band Bella Bella that was one of the giants of the era, but there may be with Bella Mambo, an offshoot formed by Kanda Bongo Man.


Balobi no somba pupe b/w Muleke no 1 (AIT122)
Bolingo ya Mbongo b/w Mobutu apiki nda lapo [Eva-Sango] Sungara SGA7-036 (AO75/AO77) prod: P O Kanindo
Grace Isa Kunotupane b/w Kaunda na Zambia (Moto Moto MOTO 7-3)
Muleke no 2 b/w Rukia amuuza mwanangu (Moto Moto MOTO 7-17)

Boma Liwanza

Personnel (1972-81):
Lola Shango, leader
Tabu Frantal (a.k.a. Tabu Batchalinge Ogolla), guitar, founder (who also formed a group called Batcha Lokito, who recorded "Sita" on the Bana Moja label)
Roy Mosanda, guitar (also in Shika Shika)
Christopher Eshu, founder
Nsilu Wabansilu, bass
Monimambo Jim, vocals
Lovy Longomba, vocals
Kikuni "Mbongo Pasi" Bercky (presumably sax player, named after Verckys)
Loboko Pasi

Boma Liwanza: Kibush Mambo (cbs africa jslp003) see image at top of page

Back to Africa
Mono (Mbongo Pasi - Bercy)
Sina Mambo 1 (Kikuni-Bercky-Mbongo Pasi)
Boma Liwanza Special (Instrumental)
Sina Mambo 2 (Kikuni-Bercky-Mbongo Pasi)
Bilobela (Kikuni - Mbongo Pasi)
(Note: In "Bilobela" the band yells out "Shika yele," possibly the origin of the catch phrase.)

Boma Liwanza, the International Orchestra: The Sounds of Africa (JET STAR jslp...)

Mono 1 & 2 (Mbongo Pasi - Bercy)
Sina Mambo 1 & 2 (Kikuni-Bercky-Mbongo Pasi)
Bilobela 1 & 2 (Kikuni - Mbongo Pasi)
Masua Mabe 1 & 2 (Kikuni - Mbongo Pasi)

Boma Liwanza 2 (Melodica, Nairobi)
Nakoka te
Mwana Mobali
Lisolo ya Ndako
Cafe con Leche
Mbanda Tubi

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, "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
Mbanda na Mbanda (Kikuni Mbongo Pasi Berky) ASL7-3368
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
Vicky 1 & 2 by Liwanza Band () RCA Victor PB9159
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 for most of the info)

courtesy KenTanza

Special Liwanza

Personnel (1975-81):
Jimy Monimambo, vocals
Sammy Kasule*, singer/bass guitarist
Nsilu Wabansilu, bass
Lifenya Lorry, vocals?
Tabu Saidi Ogolla "Frantal," lead guitar
Ali? sax
Jim Masala
& undoubtedly some of the above band, Boma Liwanza, including Lovy Longomba (vocals)
(*According to KenTunes, Sammy Kasule was born in Uganda. He fled to Kenya and joined Les Noirs. He also played with Vundumuna and recorded two solo albums: Kasule and Muziki. Since 1991 he has lived in Sweden and has a band named Makonde, with whom he sings & plays bass.)

Kanaitsa (AIT records, EBLP 01, 1977)
Side 1
Kanaitsa Pts 1 & 2 (Monimambo Jim)
May Pts 1 & 2 (Sammy Kasule)
Side 2
Ayoma Wa Bunyore Pts 1 & 2 (Lifenya Lorry)
Basi Ya Dumba Pts 1 & 2 (Monimambo Jim)

Produced by Daudi Kabaka
Sleevenotes (courtesy of Tim Clifford):
Ntshimba Monimambo - better known as "JIMY" was born in 1949 November, 15th at Kinshasa Zone Barumbu.

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 (Moni Mambo Jim) Editions Mwana Mama MM 16
Maria Chantale (Tshimba Monimambo) Editions Ba-Ba EB 11 (p)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
Presumably a transitional band. Alan Wheeler discovered two singles which are credited to them jointly:
Salula (Jim Masala) Musiciana MUSA 001
Sala 1 & 2 (Jim Masala) Musiciana MUSA 05

Liwanza Komecha

Juliana 1 & 2 (Lifenya Lorri & Liwanza Komecha) Eds BABU 006
Ayoma wa Bunyore 1 & 2 (Lifenya Lorri) Eds BABU 005 (Also on the Special Liwanza LP)
Liongela 1 & 2 () Eds BABU 008

Bwambe Bwambe and Super Bwambe

Personnel: George Kalombo Mwanza, sax; John Ngereza, guitar; Chou chou, vocals; Kayembe Nyonga, vocals; Luboya wa Tshiteyai; Matabu Kunyanga. With Thomy Lomboto, bass, and Kabeya Ilombo from Viva Makale. George Kalombo had started in a band called Bakoka (also the name of a town in the heart of the Congo, and a label in Kenya) and then gone East to Northwestern Tanzania, to Mwanza (my conjecture, since he added that to his name), where he formed Orch Basanga (with Monimambo Jim). His most successful band was Viva Makale. Ngereza was a Tanzanian who left Bwambe Bwambe to form Les Wanyika with Issa Juma in 1978; Bosho (or "Beauchaud") Kayembe Nyonga later led Festival Libaku in Nairobi.
Siama Matuzungidi recalls: "There were a few recordings: some of them I and Lomboto played and the guitarist Jacques (he went back to Zaire in the 80s -- I forget his other name) was still using the name Bwambe Bwambe in recordings. But the actual band was broken up already before we arrived. Later Omari Shabani guitarist and John Ngereza formed Les Wanyika -- this was before we arrived in Nairobi. Then George Kinyonga and Peter Kinyonga formed Simba Wanyika with John Ngereza. I believe all these used to be in Bwambe Bwambe."


A1: Nya Siaya (Terry) (Kayembe Nyonga)
2: Fatia (Kayembe Nyonga)
B1: Mama ya leki pts 1 & 2 (Kayembe Nyonga)
B2: Maria-Fellia (Luboya wa Tshiteyai)

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)
Bwambe Mwabina (ASL2203)
Lisanga 1 & 2 (Matabu Kunyanga) ASL 7-2213N
Maggy Awino () Eds Chris CJ 004
Massa (Kayembe-Nyonga) Eds Chris CJ023
Mwana Mawa (Raha Tele RT 007 1978)
Nzambe (ASL2210 / AS4352)
Odongo (Kalombo Mwanza) Eds Chris CHRIS 14

Super Bwambe 45s:

Atikapo (Kalombo Mwanza) Editions Chris CHRIS 15
Councillor 1 & 2 (single on Editions Chris; but mislabelled on Best of Vol 3 where it does not appear)
Maria Fellia (Luboya wa Tahiteya) CBS (K) 012-B 1980
Nya Siaya 1 & 2 (Kayembe Nyonga) Linga LNG 001 1980
Salongo 1 & 2
Toboyi Konyokwama (Luboya and Kayembe) CBS (K) 01 1980

Les Raha Tele

(Possibly Bwambe Bwambe or Bana Likasi recording under another name) Fitina (Tetemeko) Editions Chris CHRIS 11

Orchestre Fuka Fuka

Kinzunga Rico, founder and guitarist, was a Veve studio musician (as the double-barreled name Fuka Fuka suggests) who had played with Les Kamale and Lipua Lipua and wrote "Niki Bue" which was a hit for Lipua Lipua. Les Kamale also recorded on the Fuka Fuka label so it follows ex-members would choose this name. 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. And, inevitably, after a split, Fuka Fuka reincarnated as Super Fuka Fuka on the Audio Productions label, APL. Richard Kasongo posted a picture of the band on facebook, getting off a plane in Tanzania, and tagged Mick Jagajaga as the drummer. He quotes Jagajaga as saying he started playing drums in Kinshasa age 12 and played with Zabantu, Londa-Londa, Fuka Fuka, Le Kinzunga, Tonto Ricos, as well as alongside Mulembu, Etuma-Nangwaka, Dindo Yogo & Nseka Huit Kilos, Bisengo Madiata, Madiata le President, Geo Malebo, Vieux Armando, etc. "In 1978 I left on an East African tour with Fuka Fuka to Dar-es-Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala. 1981 returned to Dar-es-Salaam and teamed up again with Orch Makassy to record the Mambo Bado album, which sold in Europe. 1983 moved to Nairobi and joined les Mangelepa. After that joined Vundumuna. Went with them to Asia in 1987 and recorded Nakata Mikili in Japan. Toured the Middle East with Vundumuna. 1989 toured Belgium and Holland with Simba wa Nyika and recorded an album. 1990 returned to Tokyo with Jambo Jambo band. Decided to stay in Japan, and toured Thailand. 2005 joined Le groupe Tanzanites and also played with l'Afrique band Expresse."


Baba Isaya {} ASL 3374N
Bitota (Mulembu Tshibau) ASL 7-3352 (Eds Mabele)
Babokilo (Mulembu Tshibau) ASL 7-3356N
Lomeka (Tshimanga Assosa) ASL 7-3359 (Eds Mabele)
Mbiya (Tshimanga Assosa) ASL 7-3367 (Eds Mabele)

Super Fuka Fuka

Kapi Kapinga (APL 005)
Yoyce Bolingo (APL 006)


Grand Piza

Band associated with the Bana Moja and Diabim labels, and a popular rival to the Veve groups in Kenya and Uganda. Makengo Roy was leader 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, Mbo and Mongongo Mpia dit Porthos, ex Conga Succes, younger brother of Johnny Bokelo, as rhythm guitar. Mongongo also played with OK Jazz and Bana OK and ended up in Abidjan in the 21st century. On "Keba na zuwa" there are shout-outs to Roy Makongo, Mambiza (?), and also Nyboma and Pepe of Lipua Lipua, as well as Maquis, so perhaps some of the members had been in those bands.

A1-2: Mwana mawa 1 & 2 (Makengo Roy) also a 45 on Bana Moja
A3-4: Omibatela (Makengo Roy) also a 45 on Diabim
B1-2: Mandalala 1 & 2 (Makengo Roy)
B304: Keba Nazuwa 1 & 2 (Mokengo Parthos) also a 45 on Diabim

Liner notes:
Grand Piza ni kikundi ambacho kilizuka miaka mitatu iliyopita na kimekuwa na mafanikio makubwa tangu mwanzo. Kwani tangu kibuniwe kime bahatika sana kimuziki kwa kuweza kuto rekodi ambazo ziliweza kuu tetemi sha ulimwengu mzima. Rekodi hizi ni "Mwana mawa," ikifa tiwa na "Mandalala" na pia "Bilanga" ambazo zimeweza kuwapatia ushindi mkubwa Orch. Grand Piza. Huu ni ushindi ambao kweli bendi nyingi zina tamani sana kuupata.
Haikuwa shida kwa hawa vijana, kama alivyosema kiongozi "Makengo Roy". Tume shinda na sifa kubwa tumepata lakini sisha tuja tosheka kwani bado tunakuja hatujafika. Juhudi zake Makengo Roy na mwenzake, Mokengo Parthos zimeweza kuwaangazia maisha hawa vijana wa Grand Piza. Hata hivyo hii ni rekodi ya kwanza ya mfululizo wao wa Super Hits na ina Mojawapo ya vibao vyao vipya "Keba Nazuwa" moto kweli. Hivyo Makengo anasema "Mambo Bado Mtatuchoka" -- Justus Musyoka Kasoya, Phonogram Limited

(Translated by Google):
Grand Pizza is a group that broke out three years ago and has been a huge success since the beginning. It had since are designed as musically very fortunate to be able to inactivity main tetemi records that could be fed whole world. These recordings are "Mother Son," if it dies admitted to "Mandalala" and also "Bilanga" that have been handing a major victory orch. Grand Pizza. This is a true victory that many bands have a strong desire to win.
It was not a problem for these young people, as he said the leader "Makengo Roy". Commission won a great reputation we have but we do not already satisfied since we still come we arrived. His efforts Makengo Roy and his colleague, Mokengo Parthos these young lives have been enlightens the Grand Pizza. However this is the first record of their series Super Hits and has One of their new hits "Keba Nazuwa" hot indeed. So Makengo says "Mambo Bado" tired titles

Bokila 1 & 2 (Mbo-Mayau) Bana Moja BANA 27
Djoku Apazi Makita 1 & 2 (ASL 3364E)
Fouati 1 & 2 (Aime) Bana Moja BANA 28
Keba na zuwa (Diabim 12)
Kisangani 1 & 2 (Diabim 8) by Grand Piza Ekonda (reissued: African 90.937)
Mbila 1 & 2 (Makengo Roy) Diabim 16 (reissued: African 91.117; attributed to Grand Pinza)
Mwana mawa
Mayindombe (Mongongo Mpia) Bana Moja BANA 7 (Prod: Diabim)
Muana Mawa 1 & 2 (Mbo) Bana Moja BANA 6
Naleli Mama 1 & 2 (Bana Moja BANA 29)
Napemi 1 & 2 (Mbo) Bana Moja BANA 17 (1973)
Ombatela 1 & 2 (Diabim 13)
Yo Zairois ngai Zairoise 1 & 2 (Diabim 17)

Muana Mawa

(Melodica, Nairobi: A CD made from a cassette?)
1. Mwana mawa pt 1
2. Mwana mawa pt 2
3. Koliya mpesa*
4. Bana Moja
5. Bona*
6. Mama alobi na bala
7. Mbomoko Mobayi
8. Makuela
9. Etisomba*
(*Bona is by Bana Moja, Koli ya mpesa and Etisomba are by Bana Ngenge, don't know what they're doing on here.)


Les Jaca

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)
Christmas 1 & 2 (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Eds Tobina TON 31
Kamulewe 1 & 2 (Edition Jaca JRP28) 1983
Papi Guicain 1 & 2 (Editions Tobina TON 7-02)
Sakii (Frantal Tabu) Tobina TON21
Shemeji (Eds Bana-Likasi BAS 5)
Ya yo nini? Eds Jaca JRP14

Jojo Ikomo

(ASLP 912)
A 1 & 2: Saidi (Tabu Ogollah)
A 3 & 4: Moseka (JoJo Ikomo)
B 1 & 2: Waiyaki (Willy)
B 3 & 4: Ambale (Coco)

Liner notes: Born in Mbandaka on the 12th March, 1952 in the Republic of Zaire, Jojo Ikomo presents a life heavily involved in the artistic field. In 1970 the star of Jojo Ikomo appears on the musical firmament of Zaire with his first song Sema Sema accompanied by the Orchestre Tabou National, drawing everybody's attention to him. From that moment onwards his career steadily developed and he and his Orchestre Tabou National became one of the best recognised Orchestres in the country.
In 1973 he joins Orchestre VeVe of Kiamuangana Mateta with whom he enjoyed a lot of success, particularly with songs like Maina and Kaniuka.
In 1975 Jojo Ikomo leaves VeVe to form his own Orchestre -- Bana Moja with his cousin Djama.
He left Zaire and travelled towards the East of Africa and played for some time in Uganda. Finally he reached Kenya, meanwhile with Orchestre Bana Ngenge. During this time he created some of his top sellers like Kayumba, Kombe Kombe etc. which secured him a large followership.
His singular talents to touch the deepest sentiments of the people, to make them laugh and cry and to reach their hearts through his expressive voice are at its best in this present recording which is Jojo Ikomo's first LP and which will satisfy all his followers, and gain many more. [courtesy: Zim Bida]

Note: Personnel on this album, recorded in Nairobi (in 1977?) post-Bana Ngenge, but before Jojo's return to Zaire and the reformation of Bana Moja, must include Tabu Frantal, lead guitar, Coco Zigo, Ochudis & Jojo Ikomo on vocals. Willy is Willy Tambwe Lokassa on bass guitar. Shout out to "Samba" might be Samba Mapangala, vocalist.

For more Jojo Ikomo, see also Bana Moja, Bana Ngenge. For more from this band see Batcha Lokito.


Jojo Ikomo & His Orchestra
Kingo Muambe 1 & 2 (Jojo Ikomo) ASL 7-2173N 1977
Note: Not the same as Super Mazembe's song "Kingo Mwambe"
Satonge 1 & 2 (Jojo Ikomo) ASL 7-2176 1977

Orchestre Kiam

Part of Verckys' stable of bands and musicians who were hugely popular in Kenya (as they were in Nigeria). While I can identify more than one set of musicians and they may have toured East, I can only find issues on the Nairobi version of Eds Veve and no other evidence they actually were resident in East Africa. For a discography, see here.

Photo: copyright David Gaar, Madison WI 2007

Les Kinois

Samba Mapangala, born Matadi, Congo, moved to Kinshasa in the early 1970s. After secondary school he sang with Super Tukina who recorded his first hit, "Satonge," then he joined Super Bella Bella alongside Jean Bosco and Mongo Ley. In 1975 he went on tour to Eastern Zaire with Saka Saka band. On January 1, 1976, he moved to Kampala, Uganda, and formed Les Kinois (The Kinshasans) with friends. They relocated to Nairobi in January 1977 and scored hits with "Sunday" and "Malako." The played frequently at Garden Square, Alliance Club, Uhuru Park & the Starlight Club. They were among the most popular of the expatriate bands of the time, alongside Les Mangelepa, Baba National, Boma Liwanza, Bwambe Bwambe and Shika Shika. When asked about the popularity of Congolese music in Nairobi, Mapangala replied, "Music has no borders. Everyone enjoys the rhythm." But, pressed about the economic hardship of making a living as a musician, he replied, "I had a very good life and great career in Kenya, but music piracy was making it impossible to make money." Les Kinois broke up in 1980, when Mapangala formed Orchestre Virunga. For more see Doug Paterson's Samba Mapangala page.

Samba Mapangala - Band Leader and lead vocalist;
Pele Ondindia - Assistant Band Leader, Bass Guitarist and vocalist;
(Iliko) Madjo Maduley - Assistant Band Leader and vocalist (a.k.a. Madjo Abdallah of Orch. Emagi?);
Bedjo Mikombi - lead (Soloist);
Bibiley Kabakaba - Assistant Lead (Soloist);
Okelo Josse - rhythmnist;
Niki Djo - Bass and (lead-solo) Pop Music;
Faustao Temopele, the dynamic (Drummer) boy;
Kasule Mopepe, Tumba (Kongas).
"All members of Les Kinois come from Kinshasa (Zaire) besides Kasule Mopepe from Uganda and Okelo Josse from Kenya." (DP)

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
Ami Abouma (Linga 13)
Ba-Boka (Lake Victoria LAS 3046; also Super Musiki du Zaire SMZ001) 1978
Cherie Nata (Eds. Les Kinois LK009)
East Africa (Pele Ondindia) Musiki du Zaire MZ21 1977
Fwaya (Editions Chris 16; appears as the second track, misidentified, on Best of Eds Chris vol 3 CD)
Furaha ya Christmas (Diabanza; Niki; Djo) Eds. Les Kinois LK006
Lisano (Musiki du Zaire MZ22)
Malako (Eds Les Kinois LK001)
Marte (Bibi Kaba Kaba) Muziki du Zaire MZ19 1977
Mother-Father (ASL 3387 1980)
Safari 1 & 2 (Samba Mapangala) Bana Moja BANA 33
Semeki-Siama (Eds. Les Kinois LK005)
Sunday 1 & 2 (Madjo; Madule) (Eds Les Kinois LK004)
Susana (Samba Mapangala SAM001)
Taabu ya Masikini (Editions les Kinois LK12)
Toweli nini (City Boom CB11)
Yena oboyi libala (Diongo Aporte) Editions Chris 21


MALAKO DISCO ORIGINAL (CD from Melodica in Nairobi, which has applause grafted on):
Mwana Mboko
Blanche Christmas
Sigana Maronyango

Coco Zigo on the mike, with Samba Mapangala (?) & Kasongo wa Kanema, plus Siama Matuzungidi (background, on guitar). Starlight Club, Nairobi, March 1984, photo by Rio Nakagawa

L'orchestre Kombe Kombe

Later incarnation of Shama Shama de Mopero. Mopero had toured from Gabon to Kenya with L'orchestre Shama Shama, whose members included Nanga Nella and Mambo Ley. Mopero returned to Congo and joined Victoria Eleison. Kombe Kombe was founded in Uganda by Coco Zigo & Siama (guitar), who decided to stay behind. Siama Matuzungidi recalls: "Me, Thomy Lomboto, Coco Zigo Mike, Chery Matumona, Jollet and TeTe Le Beau (two more members of orchestre Shama Shama, I forget their real names) left Uganda due to Idi Amin war; we came to Nairobi as Kombe Kombe Band in 1979." They were 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. Most were drafted into Viva Makale by George Kalombo.


Kumi Kumi (Coco) Safari SAF11
Mimi 1 & 2 (Koko) Eds Matunda ANA 003
Nyako-Nzanzi 1 & 2 (Koko Mike "M") VMS-1
Saba Saba 1 & 2 (Koko Mike "M") VMS-2
Sau-Sauda 1 & 2 (Coco Zigo Mike) AIT EIT-03
Shanti 1 & 2 (Coco Zigo) Safari SAF17 (A Jaca Production)
Souzy Body 1 & 2 (Eds Sapato/CBS CCE-1)

Lifenya Lorri & Liwanza Komecha
See under Special Liwanza

Orch Lemba Lemba

Yet another Monimambo outfit. (Lemba is a district of Kinshasa, the Lingala verb kolemba means to wear you out!) Featured Bibi Ley on rhythm guitar & Tabu Frantal on lead.

Ezanga 1 & 2 (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP 026 1982
Lemba Lemba (Moni Mambo) by Orch. Lemba Lemba (Mwenyenyo) Sound Masters SOMA2
La Vie 1 & 2 (Frantal Tabu) Makonge MEN 101

Lovy Longomba


Orch. Super Lovy: FIRST ALBUM LVLP 01 (1981)
A.1. Pitie
A.2. Dada
B.1. Bibi
B.2. Elee (also released as a single)
(All songs composed by Lovy)

From the liner notes:

"When I left school I joined L'Orchestre Macchi of Kinshasa. This is where I learnt music. I participated in composing records like LOLA, MAYUNA and SOLE which I personally composed.
Before long Dindo Yogo and myself split and formed L'Orchestre Etumba na Ngwaka together with Huit-Kilo. In August 1978 I left Kinshasa for Nairobi to join Les Kinois. I stayed with Les Kinois for three months and later joined L'Orchestre Boma Liwanza, where I stayed for nine months.
In May 1979 I left Boma Liwanza and joined Super Mazembe. While at Mazembe I composed ATIA-JO, KAYEMBE, LONGWA, OUMA, MADO ZAINA, LOBOKO, YO MABE, NDEKO, BIWELE CHRISTMAS, LOVY, ELENA, NANGA, MOKANO GINA and MBANDA YA MOBANGE. Nearly all my compositions at Mazembe were hits.
I left Mazembe in May 1981 and formed my own "Super Lovy." My first record which is almost in every shop EELE is already a hit. The second one is MOKILI.
I now bring you this album called LOVY."

The songs he lists at Mazembe are mostly praise songs for band members and some of them have writing credits to other band members, so maybe he just recalls singing them. Here there are shout-outs to Dialu Kila, Lava Machine on drums and guitarist "Pierrot," who may be Petit Pierre a.k.a. Twikala wa Twikale of Les Mangelepa. Whoever it is, he is smoking hot on this album.

LOVY 2 (LVLP411):
Mete (Lovy)
Lomama (Lovy)
B: Annie

(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"

2: Pital

Liner notes: Produced by Felix Jacomo (G.A.)
Since the early days with Super Mazembe, LOVY has always been a fantastic and prolific composer -- remember "Lovy," "Yo mabe," "Ndeko," "Nanga," Mokano" and "Elena."
The Lovy voice too is something special and has an unmistakeable sound that just cannot be copied by any other Lingala artist, no matter how hard they may try. This has given LOVY a special fan club, and for those fans, here are more of the HOT AND HIGH SOUNDS OF LOVY.

(label courtesy of Alan Wheeler)

Super Lovy & Bana Likasi

(From Muttu Mondiya Mama on Julian Thorpe's page; and big thanks to Alan, Rufus, Doug, Tim, and the gang)

Aya 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 06)
Bilangwela (Eds Suplov 5)
Elee 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 01)
Eli (Eds LOVY 05)
Etali Yomoko (12" UK single on Swahili Records 12 SWAH 001 1983)
Keba-yo 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 07)
Mali Ya Baba
Mokili 1 & 2 (Eds LOVY 02)
Obaye Ngai / Emeda (ASL 3259 1971)
Umasikini sio kilema 1 & 2 (eds LOVY 03)
Ye Ye Ye (eds LOVY 04)

EDITIONS CHRIS compilation VOL 3
A compilation album from the Chris Music Store in Nairobi with five complete (but misidentified) 7' singles:
Bana Likasi: Mayopa 1 & 2
Super Bwambe: Councillor 1 & 2 (Not on this comp: the second track is actually "Fwaya" by Les Kinois)
Super Mazembe: Rossy Marrie 1 & 2
Super Lovy: Mwana Kisumu 1 & 2
Massima la Musica: Viva Christmas 1 & 2

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)
"Yoka toli" and "Mokano" on JEUNES VEDETTES DES ANNEES 70 (Sonodisc CDS36546)
"Lola Mwana" on l'AFRIQUE DANSE (Sono 360 061)

Orchestra Makassy

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)
Ciska (Makassy single EMK 07)
Molema (Makassy single EMK 05)
Bakokabolakate (Makassy single EMK 08)
Chama Cha Mapinduzi, a.k.a. "Muungano"
Mosese (Makassy single EMK 02)
Siku Ya Kufa
Athumani (Makassy single EMK 03)
Mume Wangu (Makassy single EMK 04)

(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.)
Mambo Bado
Kulifilisika Sio Kilema
Nakolela Cherie
Mke Wangu
Ubaya Wa Nini

The Greatest Hits Of Makassy (AIT LP: EMKLP 01)
A.1. Molema
A.2. Athumani
B.1. Cisca
B.2. Mosese

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:
Athumani (Athumani Kindya) Eds Makassy EMK03
Bakokabolakate 1 & 2 (Mose Fan Fan) Eds Makassy EMK08
Cisca 1 & 2 (Mose Fan Fan) Eds Makassy EMK07
Mambo Bado 1 & 2 (Eds Makassy EMK09)
Nitakufa Bila Kisa (Makassy) b/w Muungano (Mzee Makassy) Eds Makassy EMK06

Orch Malekesa du Zaire

Malekesa 45s:
Asali 1 & 2 (Frantal Tabu) Edition de Hudson EDH01
Helena 1 & 2 (Frantal Tabu) Edition de Hudson EDH04

Orchestra Malembe, Super Malembe & Malembe Stars

This group was formed by Kabakaba Bibiley, after Les Kinois and Virunga. Bibi Ley (possibly the brother of Mongo Ley) was the guitarist for Samba Mapangala's bands and later played for Lovy's Orch Super Lovy and Moreno's Moja One. Ley was later associated with Bana Motindo in Nairobi in 2000. (Info from Muttu Mondiya Mama, posted online July 15, 1998) There was also an Editions Malembe-Malembe label in Kenya. Tim Clifford suggests the name Super Malembe may be an attempt to imitate Super Mazembe. According to a 2002 guide book to Kenya Orch Malembe Stars were a cover band playing in the Ngong Hills Hotel in Nairobi.


Orch Malembe: Selina 1 & 2 Eds Matunda ANA 11
Orch Super Malembe: Elangwela 1 & 2 MMM Panther Sounds Panther 003

Les Mangelepa

Bwamy Walumona (Simon) "Le capitaine" - lead guitar, chief of the orchestra
Kabila Kabanze "Evani" - lead vocal
Kelenga Nzaazi "ViVi" - vocal
Babibanga Wa Tshilumba "Kai Kai" - vocal, trumpet, trombone
Lutulu Kaniki "Macky" - vocal
Kasongo Fundi "Petit Jean" - drums, bass
Lukangika Maindusa "Moustang" - lead guitar, rhythm
Mwepe Mutshi "Cavalou" - trumpet
Lumwanga Mayombo "Ambassadeur" - rhythm, bass
Mukala Wa Mulumba "Bebe" - drums*
Tabu Ngongo Ildephonse "Supersax" - saxophone
Tshimanga Zadios - saxophone
Twikala Wa Twikale "Petit Pierre" - organ, lead guitar
Kabe Kimambe "Elombe" - organ, lead guitar
Kabebe Mukangwa "Picolo" - bass

additional personnel:
Tambwe Lokasa (William) bass
*i.e. Mukala Kanyinda (CoCo) tumba
Paddi (Ma Wau-Wau) saxophone

For a biography of the group see the liner notes to the ENDURANCE CD.

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
A1. Madina
2. N'Kimba
B1. Lolo Mukena
2. Kamwala

Tour of Zambia (ZMPL EPA 001, original pressing from Zambia)
A: Djala 1 & 2
Tshibola 1 & 2
Mankwanzi 1 & 2
Tour of Zambia 1 & 2

FIRST ANNIVERSARY (ASLP 913 1978; on CD from Tamasha TAM0032)

"The Riot Continues . . . a year later"

Embakasi 1 & 2 (Kalenga Nzaadi "Vivi")
Maindusa 1 & 2 (Lukangika Maindusa "Petit Mustang")
Mimba 1 & 2 (Kabila Kabanze "Evani")
Nyako-Konya (Babibanga wa Tshilumba "Kai-Kai")

Bass, guitar = Twikale wa Twikale
Drums = Mukala wa Mulumba
Rhythm guitar, bass = Lumwanga Mayombo
Lead vocal = Kabila Kabanze
Band leader, guitar, manager = Bwamy Walumona
Percussion = Lukangika Maindus
Saxophone = Tabu Ngongo
Tenor trumpet = Mwepu Mutshi
Trumpet, vocals = Babibanga Tshilumba
Vocals = Kalenga Nzaazi
Vocals, Drums, bass = Kasongo Fundi
Recorded and mastered at Phonogram Ltd, Nairobi, in collaboration with JoJo Productions

ACTION ALL THE WAY a.k.a. "Walter" (Phonogram 1978 ASLP 919)

Walter 1 & 2
Halleluya 1 & 2
Maboko Pamba 1 & 2
Pambana Pambana 1 & 2

Reissued as SECOND ANNIVERSARY (ASL LP2016 1978)
also by Tamasha

courtesy: Alan Wheeler

Liner Notes:
Orchestra Les Mangelepa has just completed an African tour with a terrific success. Words can't explain the explosive moods of these shows. Hurry up and listen to these sounds, they are heavy and disco like.

Track list:
Ole Ole (Kalenga Nzaazi & Vivi)
Saad (Kasongo Fundi & Petit Jean)
Malawi Zikomo (Kabila Ka Banzi & Evani)
Kanemo (Kalenga Nzaazi & Vivi)

courtesy: Alan Wheeler
The Golden Disc Award Winners, a.k.a. LISAPO
ASLP928 1980


GOLDEN HITS of Mangelepa ASLP2017 1986?
A: Mangelepa Kamili (William)
Kizunguzungu (Kai Kai)
B: Trouble (Bwamy)
Sakina (Coco)

A: Safari ya Mangelepa
B: Harare

courtesy: Alan Wheeler

Push Pousser Sukuma
Ni Mimi Tu

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
A.2. Amua
B.1. Detchu
B.2. Dracular
(A reissue of old singles, also released on cassette as "Les Mangelepa with Hits like Amua, Dracular" - CASLP 2023 (1990); All songs composed by Koko Mukala Kanyinda), drummer and vocalist who paid his dues alongside Nico, Mangwana and Papa Noel in bands like Vox Africa & Cercul Jazz before joining Les Mangelepa in Nairobi in 1977.

(courtesy of
Les Mangelepa 45:
Amua (ASL 2252/ AS 4670)
Auto stop 1 & 2 (Lutulu Kanki Macky) ASL 2295 1982
Cherie Makisa
Conseil Gratuit
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 (b/w "Manyeto"?)
Lisapo 1 & 2 (ASL 2270 1980)
Malawi Zikomo
Mangelepa Kanini (Sakina; Nganga-Kimetu; Ekubuku) EMI JJP 999
Mangelepa Ni Yako 1 & 2 (ASL 2353 1986) Mankwazi (Eds Mangelepa EPA 7-5)
Manyeto (Les Mangelepa) ASL 2336; also TON7-7
Masanga Olele
Massanga (Kabila Kabanze Evani) ASL 2342 1985
Mimba - ASL 2251
Mtukufu rais Moi - ASL 2241
Naleli Papi
Ni Mimi Tu (Lutulu Kanini (Macky); Soloist National: Captain Bwamy) ASL2320
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

Orchestre Mokano

The first appearance of "Mokano" as a song title I have found is one by Lofongo Ea Bengolo & Etumba na Nguaka (Eds Cavacha Wondele, 1977, with Huit Kilos, Bibi Ley and Lokassa on guitars and Dindo Yogo on vocals), though about the same time Lovy recorded a different song with the same title in Nairobi. The group L'Orchestre Mokano comprised Congolese musicians recording in Nairobi around 1980. In true form the band was named after a hit by one of the members. "Mokano" was a hit song for Lovy before 1980, but was rerecorded by him with Super Mazembe later. L'Orchestre Mokano recorded on the Hit Parade label, which was dedicated to Orchestre Shika Shika for its first 30 issues, but then allowed other bands into their catalogue. There are also singles on Eds Bakoka and a Kenyan label called BIEM (for this confusing name for a label see Tim Clifford's website). Personnel include Lovy (vocal), Dago Mayombe (vocal), Sammy Mansita (guitar), Siama Matuzungidi (guitar), Kizunga Rico (guitar), and presumably others who were around Lovy at the time. Interestingly they have electric piano on "Sala Zuwa."

Mosolo 1 & 2 (Mayombe Dhago) Eds Bakoka BAK8804
Nekese 1 & 2 (Rico) BIEM (Kenyan label) BMA001
Sala Zuwa 1 & 2 (Sammy Mansita) Hit Parade HP103 ca 1982


Orchestra Les Monama

Band led by Jimmy Monimambo in one of his many incarnations. There was also a label, Editions Monama, produced by Felix Jakomo Jr that issued "Maya" by Mtsimba Monimambo as its first release in 1978. (See below)


Mariamu (Jean Moni) Editions Chris CJ019
Marie Chantal () Eds Chris CJ021
Nabokola Mwana nkoi (Jean Monimambo) Editions Chris CJ020
Nzola 1 & 2 () City Boom 008


Moni Mambo

Jean - or Jimmy - Monimambo is a key figure in all these groups. As well as recording with many of them he issued singles under his own name.

45s by Moni Mambo:

Getride (Siama) S-CBS (K) 004 (P) 1979
Maya (Mtsimba Monimambo) Eds Monama MON1 (P) 1978 see also Monama

Moreno & Moja One


Moreno and l'Orch First Moja-One (AIT Records EFALP020) Sister Pili
A1. Adidja
2. Kaka Punguza wivu
B1. Aoko (Danger girl)
2. Sister Pili

Guitar-solo: Mokili Sesti
Rhythm: Siama & Bibiley
Bass: Lomboto (Toms)
Saxophone: Kayumba (Frankai)
Drums: Lava & Kaster & Hasani
Vocals: Coco-Zigo & Dewolo
Solo vocals: Moreno
Music arranger: Moreno
Produced by: Felix Jacomo (G.A.)
Recording engineer: Steve Ndesandjo
Recorded at: CBS Studios (Nairobi/Kenya)
(Note: There is some irony in adding the epithet "First" to the band name as "Moja" also means "One"!)

N.B. Reissued in 2012 by Stern's as Sister Pili + 2, next.


Moreno & L'Orch First Moja One : Sister Pili + 2

1. Adidja
2. Kaka Punguza wivu
3. Aoko (Danger girl)
4. Sister Pili
5. Rehama Piri (POPE16) by Bana Nzadi
6. Teresia (POPE17) by Bana Nzadi

Reissue of Sister Pili plus 2 from Sterns 2012, compiled by Doug Paterson. (My review of it appears on the Kenya part two page.) 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, seemingly incorporating members of Bana Ekanga, along with Tabu Ngongo (later of Mangelepa & then Vundumuna) on sax, and Sammy Kasule (of Special Liwanza and Les Kinois) on bass. Along with Siama on rhythm guitar and Madjo Maduley on harmony vocals.

Moreno & L'Orch First Moja One Vol 2: More Pili
(STERN'S digital release only)

1. Tusijuane 09:01 (1982 NYIKA 02)
2. Matanga 09:20 (1984 AIT/MOJA 06)
3. Pili Mungwana 05:09 (AIT/MOJA 04B)
4. Dunia Ni Duara 09:34 (AIT/MOJA 01)
5. Sisili 09:02 (recorded 1981, unreleased)
6. Sitaki Mambo 04:52 (1983 AIT/MOJA 04A)
7. Mariana 09:02 (recorded 1981, unreleased)
8. Bokila 09:18 (1983 AIT/MOJA 05)

More great material including two unreleased songs, taken from the master tapes at A.I.T. and restored by Doug Paterson in 2014. From Siama comes this additional information on the line-up:
Recorded at High Fidelity Studios in Nairobi
Moreno Batamba (singer, composer of all songs)
Coco Zigo (singer)
Dago Mayombe (singer)
Gina Monganza (singer)
Jacques Akomo (lead guitar)
Mokili Sesti (lead guitar)
Roy (lead guitar)
Siama Matuzungidi, given name Rivancliff (rhythm guitar)
Joniko Walengo (bass)
Tommy Lomboto (bass)
Lava Machine (drums)
Caster (drum)
Papa Joe (keyboard)


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)

2 above courtesy Alan Wheeler

(Info from, Doug Paterson, 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 (Moreno) AIT/MOJA 5 P1983
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
Gor Mahia 1 & 2 (Moreno) Eds Mon-Amie Amua 3 (Prod. Hon, Kanindo Senior)
(Gor Mahia is a football club also celebrated in song by Shika Shika and George Ramogi with his benga group, CK Dombe Dombe Jazz)
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 (A "Moja Moja" sung in Swahili)
Mapenzi Iko Wapi 1 & 2 (Moreno) MMM Panther Sounds PANTHER 004
Mapenzi ya Barua 1 & 2 (Moreno Batamba) Disco Sounds DISCO 001 (Kiswahili)
Mapenzi Ya Kisasa (Moreno) JACA JRP32
Maria (Moreno Batamba) Doromy DM94 Kiswahili
Matanga 1 & 2 (Moreno?) AIT/MOJA 6 1984 (recorded December 1981)
Mwana Dada 1 & 2 (Moreno) Doromy DM91
Mwana Mama 1 & 2 (Moreno) JACA JRP30
Nyaho Marach 1 & 2 (Eds Mwana Mama MM31)
Pili Muswahili 1 & 2 (Baba Gaston & Moreno) performed by MOJA BABA GASTON BA ND Doromy DM86
Shufaa (AIT - Andrew Crawford Productions)
Sina Wivu (Moreno Batamba) Hudson Productions HUDP-002 Swahili
Sister Pili 1 & 2 (Editions FrancAfrique EFA14)
Sister She
Sikutaki Tena (AIT - Andrew Crawford Productions)
Sitaki Mambo b/w Pili Mungwana (Moreno) AIT/MOJA 4
Sweet Male (Moreno Batamba) KENYATONE KTN002 Super 1981 Swahili
Tusijuane (Moreno?) Nyika 02 P1982 (recorded December 1981)
Utani choka (AUG16) 1982
Waanyika Nyika 2
Wakati Umefika 1 & 2 (AIT/MOJA 3)
Wake za Watu 1 & 2 (ASL 3411), also known as "Mabibi za Watu"

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 & Blue Stars 45s:

Mapenzi ni mazoea 1 & 2 by Moreno Blue Stars CBS-ACP703
Shufa 1 & 2 by Blue Stars CBS/ACP1201

Orchestra Mos Mos

Band 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. Possibly with Apollo on guitar, since that is one of their hits. "Mokili" was also a hit for Lovy & Super Lovy.


Apollo (Lovy) Safari SAF10 (Lingala)
Mokili (Longomba Lovo) (Editions Sapato, Kenya EDI-5)
Pesa Oguro Janabi 1 & 2 (Ben Maunga Sinayuera) Agweny-Wembe GEM4 (JACA distribution) Dholuo/English (Benga)
Vumilia Wazazi (Longomba Lovi) (Bolingo DD 11)
Walter Jaramogi Part 1 & 2 (Franthals Ogola) Editions Sapato EDI 2
Zoze (Masala) VRP (Victoria Music Store, Nbo) VRP003 Lingala

Mama ya Mwana (Editions Sapato, Kenya EDI-6)
This last single was a test pressing (& could be attributed to Shika Shika as it is unlabelled). Siama recalls, "Mama ya muana: Yes Lovy was praising Mado Zaina and also Safi Mati, who was Jimy Monimambo's wife. They were all best friend living in the same place but different apartments at that time. It could be CBS because some recordings of CBS never came out; I remember doing 4 songs for Monimambo with CBS. I can hear the voice of Monimambo, Fataki too, Nsilu waba Nsilu bass, Shabani drums, I don't know what Elvis -- Lawi Somana -- was playing, could be sax or guitar, he was a good guitarist too." Seemingly reissued as "Mboka Mosika" by Shika Shika on Eds Jaca ELJ 051.

Les Noirs

On compilation LPs:
"Mungu iko Helena" by Kuka & Les Noirs on ANCIENT SUCCES VOL 1 (ASLP 426)
"Sikiya sauce" by Chuza et les Noirs on ANCIENT SUCCES VOL 1 (ASLP 426)
"Mosasa Ndembo" by Ndala Mobangui Roger on HIT PARADE AFRICAIN vol 3 Pathé Marconi 2C 054-15240
"Sikiya sauce" by Chuza et les Noirs & "Amin no 1" on HIT PARADE AFRICAIN vol 4 Pathé Marconi 2C 054-15733

LP: The African Stars Collection vol 3 (JJLP003):
A: Tshiku
B: Mokili

(Thanks to Alan Wheeler)
A: Sikia Sauce no 2
Amin No 1
Mosasa Ndembo
Mungu Iko Helena
B: Banange jangu tugende mengo
Nakotuta yo mabe
Banga ye
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.
Chuza has had a long spell in the colonial army during the last world war, posted on service to various countries abroad. It was during this period in India that he started an Army Entertainment Band Unit with George Zaake, Daniel Gatuku, Charles Renkatuka, Fundi and many others.
After the war Chuza led an ex-Servicemen's band performing so popularly all over East Africa: the very popular A.B.S. Band. So popular was this group that even the Colonial Government allowed them to entertain the Mau Mau internees all over the country.
The colonial government ensured the break-up of this group towards the end of the emergency but Chuza very much determined and popular throughout East Africa continued forming band after band. His popularity earned him success in 1970 when the Uganda government trusted him with his band to perform at the various Hotels in Uganda.
In 1972 his recording career started in Kenya. For his success he thanks all his musicians and fans, and hopes this LP will be a must in every household.

LES NOIRS (Pathé Marconi C054-81818)
A: Instrumental
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
Accompaniment: Kemimi
Saxophones: Beya-Maduma, Mozande
Trumpets: Barato, Ebule
Tumba: Weteto Koy (assistant band leader)
Side 1:
1. Bafolo pt 1 (Amba Zozo)
2. Mai ya tongo (Bokenenge-Ngomo)
3. S.G.A. (Kemini)
4. Longoli pt 1 (Amba Zozo)
Side 2:
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
2. Sikiya Sauce pt 2
3. Mosa se Ndembo
4. Mungu iko Helena
5. Mabuidi (Amani)
6. Marie Jeanne
7. Banange tugede mengo (?)
8. Bangaye
9. Shida

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; see also under Shika Shika
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)


Founded by Pepe Mato, who had started with Baba Gaston, and featuring the lovely voice of Nana Akumu wa Kudu (also of Bana Ekanga). In "Mobali ya tembe" there are shout-outs to Bijou, "Shaba Kahamba" (nickname for the bassist), Samy, Edifundu, Kasule Mopepe, "Mwalimu" (i.e. Siama Matuzungidi) & others. In "Bilanda Landa" there is a shout out to (Fataki) Lokassa, as well as to "Lembe Lembe."

Baleki Nzela (Pepe Mato) ASL 3380
Bilanda-Landa Mabe (Pepe Mato) Safari SAF9
Kwa nini? (Nana Akumu & Orch Pepelepe) ASL 2255 November 1979
Mawazo - ASL 3383
Mulambo (Ekombo Johny) Makossa International MZ 30574 (12" b/w "Diabanza" by Shika Shika)

Ouma mobali ya tembe (Bijou) APR-01
Savana 1 & 2 (Pepe Mato) Tobina TON23

Orchestra Pole Pole

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 Popolipo

Founded by Tabu Frantal & Lessa Lassan (ex-African Fiesta), from Congo, based in Nairobi, still active


Margaret Maggie 1 & 2
Mwana wa mberi

Shika Shika

Jimmy Monimambo singing at Halliance Club, Nairobi, courtesy Siama Matuzungidi

Latest update thanks To Alan Wheeler, Flemming Harrev, Tim Clifford and "Usual Suspects" 29 oct 14


Shika Shika On the Move (HIT PARADE LP 004)
Meka Meka (Ekombo)
Kabola Mikola (Jimmy Moni Mambo)
Kende Nayo (Ekombo)
Mwana Koi (Jimmy Moni Mambo)
Massa (Shika Shika)
[Titles from D.P.]

Fumitoto Monimambo & l'Orch. Shika Shika
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)
Ivete (Monimambo) 9:11 (also released as a 45 Hit Parade HP002)
Malily (Moreno?) 9:17
Halima (Monimambo) 9:11 (also released as a 45 Hit Parade HP012)

Amba* (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Daraja DJ005
Balingi ngai nakufa (Roy Masanda) Lake Victoria Special VC06
Bella (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Safari SAF3 (JACA Production)
Bibi Hamaa (Moni Mambo) Hit Parade H011 (Swahili "Shika Yeye")
Bibi Moke (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Safari SAF01
Bomoto 1 & 2 (Siama Ntima) Hit Parade HP006
Balula 1 & 2 (Lovi Mokolo & Moni Mambo) Umoja Mwana Shambe UMS4/KBS411 1977
Cherie Lala (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP014
Cherie Safi (Moni Mambo) City Boom CB22 (Swahili "Rumba")
Diabanza (Moni Mambo Jim) Bolingo Records DD03
(Also released as a 12" on the Makossa label MZ30574, b/w "Mulambo" by Pepelepe
Diana (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP001 (1975)
Daina Akinyi (?)
Dunia Ina Mambo (Mini [sic] Mambo Jim) Tobina TON28
Family (Jim Moni Mambo) Bolingo DD15
Feza (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP016
Fifi (Siama Ntima) Hit Parade HP007 "Shika Yeye" (1975)
Fumata (Moni Mambo) Hudson Production HUDP102
Gor Mahia F.C. 1 & 2 (Jimmy Monimambo) Eds Doromy DM79 (Swahili/Lingala rumba)
Habari Yako (Moni Mambo) Umoja Mwana Shambe UMS02
Hadija Mama Samba 1 & 2 (Titina) Audio Productions APL008 (Swahili) 1982
Halima 1 & 2 (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade 012
Inyo (Moni Mambo?) Daraja DJ004
Ivete (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP002
Jane (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP003
Kanindo (by Etchou Ndjadi Mitchoum; Oluoch Kanindo was the producer of Bolingo records) Bolingo DD02?; also Makossa MZ30573, B side of "Bakenda Bokila" by Kalombo and Orch. Bakoka
Koimko (Jim Moni Mambo) Savana SAVA1 (Lingala; Prod: Jaca)
Liwa (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP021
Ma Sofia (Monimambo Jim) City Boom CB23
Maisha ya mjini (Moreno) Makossa MEA716 1980
Makopa (Monimambo Jim) CBS Linga (S) 2
Male Male 1 & 2 () Daraja DJ006
Mangenge (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP008 (P) 1975 "Shika Yeye"
Mary (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Soni Sounds SONYA 02
Mary Kalando (Roy Mosanda) Eds Tobina TON 19 (A Jaca Production)
Massa (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP009
Mati 1 & 2 (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP004
Matinda (Moni Mambo) Editions Musique Bénie EMB8111 (p) 1976
Maya (Moni Mambo Jim) Eds Mwana Mama MM19 (Lingala); also Monama MON01
Mayatu (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP019 (1975)
Maze (Monimambo) Editions Franc-Afrique (AIT subsidiary) EFA026 (also on Malonga LP)
Mboka Mosika (Lovy Longomba?) Eds Jaca ELJ 051
Milando (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP020
Misere 1 & 2 () CBS Linga (S)4
Miya-Miya (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP023
Mchanganyiko ya Shika Shika (J. M. Mambo) Hit Parade HP024
Mokili 1 & 2 (Moreno) Mwana Mama MM18; see also Les Noirs for different song
Moni 1 & 2 (Kikuni Mbongo Pasi Berkys) Eds Mwana Mama MM7-12 (Lingala - Yiengo)
Monica Achoch (Lifenya Lorri) Hit Parade HP017
Motema Ekobeta (Moni Mambo) CBS Linga (S) 3
Nakobela (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Edition Jaca JRP9
Ndaya (Mtsimba Monimambo) Eds Monama MON02
Ngombele (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Edition Jaca JRP6
Nyako Ber (Moni Mambo Jim) Bolingo DD 01
Nzumba (Monimambo) Superphonics BOY03
Obolongi ngai (Mandefu wa Mandefu) Editions Jaca JRP10
Ole Mama (Monimambo) Eds Mau-Mau Afrique CEGE 03
Olivia ()
Patrick ()
Rebeca (Lovy) Hit Parade 022
Sala 1 & 2 (Jim Masala) Musiciana MUSA 05 1977
Salula (by Special Liwanza & Shika Shika ) Musiciana MUSA 01 1977
Sera Mama (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP027
Shika Shika (Jimmy Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP005 "Shika Yeye"
Shika Shika Disco (Jimmi Moni Mambo) Universal Sounds USO 001
Sisili (J. Moni Mambo/Siama) Hit Parade HP010
Tabu ni Tabu tu (J. Moni Mambo) Hit Parade HP025
Tanya (Marie) Hit Parade HP015
Tika na lela (Lovy) Hit Parade HP018 "Kiswahili"
Tina (Marie) Hit Parade HP015
Zaina (Monimambo) CBS (S) K-003 (Zaina was a band member)
Zainabu (Moni Mambo Jim) Edition Jaca JRP 22 (1983)

*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.
Also includes Orch. Wela Wela – Lipa Mwenyewe 1 & 2
Francis Danger – Hesabu Gharama 1 & 2
Prince Njeru – Pianzo 1 & 2
Copies available from the Natari website.

courtesy: Africa Ruge

Super Kaumba

Tim Clifford discovered this band, as he says on KenTanza Vinyl:
"Orch Super Kaumba, meanwhile, were a Congolese band who also recorded for Editions AIT. Like many Congolese bands of the time, the group travelled widely and on a tour of Uganda recruited Sammy Kasule. He cites Super Kaumba and Orch Les Noirs as the first two bands he joined before travelling to Nairobi and making a reputation for himself under his own name. Now resident in Sweden, Kasule is still as of March 2011 an active musician playing bass and singing with Makonde."
As distinct from other bands who went East, Super Kaumba sang in Lingala and Luo.


Banoko - Eds AIT: EIT06
Christine 1 & 2 (Mutombo Mwamba) Kasongo KCC7
Kibila - Eds AIT: EIT08
Zena 1 & 2 - Eds AIT: EIT07

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)

Super Mazembe

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)
2. Mado Zaina (Lovy)
B1. Ouma (Lovy)
2 Na bimaka te (Katele)

10th Anniversary (EMALP 0530; 1981)

A1. Mbanda Ya Mobanga (Longwa)
2. Mukala Musi (Lobe)
B1. Gina (Lovy)
2. Atia-Jo (Atia-Jo/Lovy)

Double Gold (UAMLPD1014 also EMALP 0540 1982)

Mbanda ya mobange (Longwa/Lovy)
Nanga (Lovy)
Side 2:
Maloba d'amour
Mokano (Lovy)
Side 3:
Side 4:
Shauri Yako

L'Orch. Super Mazembe (Mushosho)
Wabe-Aba (EMALP 0550; 1984)

Left to Right: Longwa Didos, Kasongo wa Kanema, Lovy Longomba, Bukassa Bukalos, Athia Djo, Katele, Loboko, Dhodo Doris, Kayembe.
When we used to play at Lasco Club Mombasa hatari kubwa
(photo from Kasonga Wa Kanema)

1. Yo
2. Zulfa
3. Lukhasi
4. Rosy
5. Eyah
6. Sauda

Their Greatest Hits (EMKLP 01; also EMALP 0560; 1986)

A.1. Kasongo (Katele)
2. Shauri Yako (Nguashi Ntimbo)
3. Kayembe (K. Rapok)
B.1 Nabimakate (Katele)
2 Salima (Kandolo Rondo)
3. Atia-Jo (Atia-Jo)

Orchestra Super Mazembe
Kaivaska (Virgin UK V2263; 1982)

A.1. Mbanda Ya Mobange (Longwa)
2. Kasongo (Katele)
3. Jiji (Tabu Ley)
4. Nanga (Lovy)
B.1. Bamama (Kasongo wa Kanema)
2. Samba (Katele)
3. Maloba D' Amour (Buddy Holly/Kasongo wa Kanema)
4. Mokano (Lovy)
5. Mwana Nyau (Lobe)

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)
2. Shida 1 & 2 (Katele)
3. Samba 1 & 2 (Katele) (also on Giants of East Africa)
4. Mwana Mazembe 1 & 2 (Katele) (also on Mazembe @45)

UK compilation released on the DiscAfrique label
A.1. Kasongo (Katele)
2 Nabimakate (Katele)
3. Shauri Yako (Nguashi Ntimbo)
4. Maloba D' Amor (Buddy Holly/Kasongo wa Kanema)
B.1. Salima Pt 1 & 2 (Kandolo Rondo)
2. Samba Pt 1 & 2 (Katele)
3. Mwana Nyau Pt 1 & 2 (Lobe)

Very Best of Super Mazembe (ZEMAC6)
Mwana Nyiau
Auma (Lovy)
South View
Atia-Jo (Lovy)

Hits of Mazembe vol. 4 (ZEMAC4)

Super Mazembe 45s:

Abibah Makambo 1 & 2, by the Great Super Mazembe Band (ALP 023)
Alesia 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 11)
Amina 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 10)
Amuna tiri Achifuno b/w Ndalama zili monga mvula () Luapula PKZ 36
Biwela Christmas (Lovy) Pt 1 & 2 - EMA 29
Bwana nipe pesa b/w Zamani Sana (Tanda Kumalo) Super Matatu MTU1
(attributed to LO SIX & SUPER MAZEMBE)
Ilena Pt 1 & 2 - EMA 33
Kasongo 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 7-6) 1977
Kayembe Pt 1 & 2 (Lovy) Eds Mazembe EMA 24
Lokeke 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 34)
Mokano 1 & 2 (Lovy) (Eds Mazembe EMA 32)
Mwana Mazembe 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 13)
Mwana Nyiau (Eds Mazembe EMA 36)
Na Bimaka (Editions Mazembe EM7-16)
Nakokite b/w Libala Pasi (ASL 3322)
Naleki na ba zone 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 9)
Naleli Libota 1 & 2 (Kateli) Eds Mazembe EMA-21
Ndeko (Lovy) Editions Mazembe EMA 30
Okova (Oyieyo Ringo OYS 949)
Pepepe (Dack Star) Editions Mazembe EMA 38
Rose Mwape (Nashil Pichen) b/w Impali (Nashil Pichen) Soul Poster (Paris) SP10510
Rosy Pt 1 & 2 (Lovy) EMA 42
Salima (Kandolo) Editions Mazembe EMA 35
Samba 1 & 2 (Eds Mazembe EMA 7-8) 1977
Sikutaki Regena (Nashil Pichen) Soul Posters SP 10509 (prod: EMI Kenya)
Wabuza b/w Nazangi mwana (Luapula PKZ 8)
Yo-Mabe (Lovy) (Editions Mazembe EMA 28)
Zamani Sana (Tende Kumalo) by LO SIX with L'orch Super Mazembe; Super Matatu MTU-1 (AIT Records)

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
N.P. Kazembe and his Super Mazembe Band "Naleli libota" (Luapula PKZ 75)
Dr. N.P. Kazembe And His Super Mazembe Band "Nde Lwala Love" (Luapula PKZ 79)
Rossy Marrie (Best of Editions CHRIS vol 3 Cassette)
(See Julian Thorpe's page for more Super Mazembe singles)


Super Mazembe / Kasongo / Ouma (A.I.T. Mazembe vol 1)

Side A: Kasongo
Nanga (Lovy)
Ouma (Lovy)
Side B: Pepeye
Ilena ("Elena"? by Lovy)
Shauri Yako


GIANTS OF EAST AFRICA CD (Sterns/Earthworks CD45)

Kassongo (Katele Aley)
Samba (Katele Aley)
Jiji (Tabu Ley)
Gina (Lovy Longomba)
Mukala Musi (Lobe Mapakjo Roddy)
Mbanda ya Mobange (Mutonkole Longwa Didos)
Shauri Yako (Nguashi Ntimbo)
Lukasi (Lovy Longomba)
Loboko (Loboko Bua Mangala)
Bamama (Kassonga wa Kanema / Majo)
Longwa (Mutonkole Longwa Didos)

MAZEMBE @ 45RPM VOL 1 (Sterns STCD3063 2013)

1. Kingo Mwambe (Katele) orig: EMA19
2. Izabela (Katele) orig: EMA17
3. Amina (Pauni) orig: EMA10
4. Mwana Mazembe (Katele) orig: EMA13
5. Na Bimaka Te (Katele) orig: EMA16
6. South View (Katele) orig: EMA20
7. Okova (Katele) orig: EMA22
8. Naleli Libota (Katele) orig: EMA21
9. Naleki Na Ba Zone (Tshishi) orig: EMA09

MAZEMBE @ 45RPM VOL 2 (Sterns 2013; download only)

1. Ndona () orig: EMA18
2. Yo-mabe (Lovy Longomba) orig: EMA28
3. Presto () orig: EMA39
4. Nganyiemu () orig: EMA37
5. Mwana nyiau () orig: EMA36
6. Aleisia () orig: EMA11
7. Prekete () orig: EMA40
8. Sala Keba () orig: EMA15
9. Mungu Mkubwa () orig: unknown

(label courtesy of

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 & Orch. Virunga

Orch Virunga in front of Starlight Club, December 1982 (courtesy of Kasongo Wa Kanema). Samba Mapangala, leader, singer, at back with arm raised; left to right: Tabu Osusa (Kenyan manager), Dago Mayombe (singer), Fataki Lokassa Masumbuko ya Dunia (singer), Diana Kodila (trumpet), Marie Gabby (dancer), Bejos Dibuba Jordymicky Mikobi (guitar), Erica (dancer), Coco Zigo Mafwala (singer), Zorro Mapangala (Sam's brother); front row crouching, Kasonga wa Kanama (singer) and Tabu Ngongo (sax). Missing are Lawi Somana (sax), Nsilu Wa Bansilu Manitsho (bass), Niki Djo Walengo (bass).

Formed by Samba Mapangala in Nairobi in 1981 after the breakup of Les Kinois. They are named after the dormant volcano in the Ruwenzori range of Eastern Congo, the third highest peak in Africa. According to Doug Paterson, in the liner notes to African Classics, Samba was on the verge of going back to Kinshasa to start a new band when he teamed up with some ex-Bana Ngenge musicians in Nairobi to make a record and it turned out to be the smash hit "Malako." Four songs from their golden age can be heard on VIRUNGA ROOTS VOLUME 1, including "Africa Dance," "Ntumba," "L'Argent" and "Losako" (VS001 CD), and a must listen is African Classics on the Sheer Sounds label (SLCD149). See also Les Kinois

courtesy: Matsuli

A1. Malako
2. Mwana Mboka
3. Christmas
B1. Sunday
2. Mpenzi Rudi
3. Safari

VIRUNGA VOLCANO (1990 English compilation, released on Earthworks originally as MALAKO (1984), also on CD CDEWV16), produced by Trevor Herman. The breakthrough album that launched Virunga to international stardom.

Malako (Samba Mapangala) also on SLCD149
Ahmed Sabit (Samba Mapangala)
Virunga (Samba Mapangala)
Yembele (Samba Mapangala) also on SLCD149
Neliya (Bansilu wa Bansilu Maniju; aka Wabansilu Manysho)
Mansita (Sammy Mansita)

FEET ON FIRE (Sterns 1036 1991)
Sungura (also on SLCD149)
Vidonge (also on SLCD149)
Toweli nini
All songs composed by Samba. Produced by Charlie Hart. N.B. There was a 1988 Kenyan cassette titled "SAFARI" that probably had some of these same tracks
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


KARIBU KENYA (Sun Records 912956 1995)
Tonga Zala
Karibu Kenya
To Coopere
Ikolo kolo
Weso Sina
Africa Yetu
Samba Mapangala - vocals
Abby Surya / Wuta Mayi / Bibi Den's - backing vocals
Mavoungou - percussion
Syran Mbenza - lead guitar and production
Caien Madoka - lead, rhythm, bass guitar
Diblo Dibala -lead guitar
Miguel Yamba - bass
Komba Bellow - drums
Pablo Lubadika - bass on "Ikolo kolo"
Thierry Galion - keyboards, programmation
Alain Hato - sax
Philippe Slominsky - trumpet
Jacques Bolognesi - trombone
Boncana Maiga - horn arrangement
All songs composed by Samba.

UJUMBE (Sterns/Earthworks STEW43CD 2001)
Siri (also on SLCD149)
Dunia Tuna Pita (also on SLCD149)
Muniache (also on SLCD149)
Umoka ni nguvu
Ko seka te
Mbona mimi?
Dunia tuna pita (extended mix)
Samba Mapangala - vocals
Nyboma Mwan'dido - backing vocals
Mavoungou - percussion
Caien Madoka - lead guitar
Bopol Mansiamina- rhythm guitar
Boss Matuta - bass
Komba Bellow Mafwala - drums
Yuma Kasongo - sax
All songs composed by Samba. Produced by Samba and Bopol.

VIRUNGA ROOTS VOL 1 (VS001 1988-9 recordings)
Africa Dance*
Vunja Mipfupa
Tolinga Virunga
Belle femme
{*Nairobi 1988} Vocals: Samba Mapangala, Fataki Lokassa, Dago Mayombe, Coco Zigo, Kasongo wa Kanema, Moreno Batamba, Ibrahim Pepe, Kwempa Risa Risa
Guitars: Beya Mikobi Dibuba, Nkulu Mwilambwe alias Django, Bavon Masudi, Siama Matuzungidi, Jhonny wa Lengo, Sammy Mansita, Nsilu wa ba Nsilu alias Manitcho, Juma Kachenji
Drums: Lava Machine, Willy Chomba, Caillou, Abdalla Kodi, Jean-Claude Mulamba
Sax: Ntalu Nkatu Talos, Twahir Mohammed, Rama Matungunja
all other songs recorded in Paris, 1989, with Samba, Passi Jo, Wuta Mayi, vocals
Syran - lead guitar
Bopol - rhythm
Miguel Yamba - bass
Komba Bellow, Ti Paul, Rudolph - Drums
All songs composed by Samba, except "Ntumba" composed and sung by Django.

Kaa Chonjo
Tafuta kazi
Kwa nin
Nyama Choma
Pangeni uzazi
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.

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; reissue of ASLP*)
*1983 recordings; only the title cut had appeared on CD previously

(Virunga Music 2011)
After a digital only release of a live concert (on CD BABY), Samba took a band to perform in Zanzibar, Africa and laid down this studio album in Nairobi with many guests, including Suzanna Owiyo, Awillo Mike, Wuta Mayi, Ballou Canta on vocals, Jimmy Mvondo (sax), Syran, Huit Kilos and Beniko Popolipo (guitars), and Komba Bellow (drums)
Maisha ni matamu
Jirani (Neighbors)
Nipigie simu (Call me)
Tupande miti (Let's plant the trees)
Tupendane (Let's love each other)
Les Gorilles des montagnes
Jirani (Inst.)

courtesy: KenTanza vinyl
Cido 1 & 2 (ASL 2284 P1981)
Doctor Oleich (Eds Virunga EDV 006 1983?)
Embaga Eyengedde Amina b/w Rwenzori by Freddie Kanyike & orch Virunga (Eds Ssanyu BK1 1986)
Fonseca (Eds Virunga EDV 004 1983) on African Classics CD
Kweya (Eds Virunga EDV 005 1983)
Mabiala (Eds Virunga EDV001 1983) on African Classics CD
Mansita (ASL 2296 AS4883 1982)
Miaka kumi enzi ya nyayo (Eds d'Ivoire IVA 042)
Mikoko (Eds Virunga EDV 003 1983)
Nellya (ASL2291 1981)
Safari 1 & 2 (Eds d'Ivoire IVA 036; also on FBR label 1988)
Sister Ali (ASL2308 1982) on African Classics CD
Yembele 1 & 2 (ASL 2264N/AS4733A 1980) on African Classics CD
Virunga 1 & 2 (ASL 2258N / AS 4713 1980)
Vunja Mifupa 1 & 2 (Eds d'Ivoire IVA 059 1989; backing by Quatre Etoiles, Paris)

An odd 45 by Virunga:

Mangwana Pierre Systeme acc. by l'Orch Virunga "Elda (Alima) pts 1 & 2" Editions d'Ivoire IVA 076 (CBS Records)
Suggests this was a supersession with Sam Mangwana, Pierre (Moutouari?) & (Madilu?) System in Paris, backed by Virunga, or else just someone who fancied a name

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. Unusually they also included an electric organ. Moreno and Monimambo also sang with them before starting Shika Shika. Siama Matuzungidi recalls: "In 1979 Bwambe Bwambe was kind of gone, that's why Kasuku Armstrong of Garden Square asked George Kalombo and Buami Walumona to start Viva Makale and he would give us a contract at Garden Square with Les Mangelepa. Kasuku hired us Kombe Kombe musicians to join Viva Makale. Then we had George Kalombo, Buami Walumona, Leyla on trumpet, Tshiamusoke, also on trumpet, the singers were Kalombo Muanza (also on sax), Coco Zigo, Tambwe Mandola, and Jimmy Monimambo for a short time; lead guitar Chery Matumona, rhythm Siama Matuzungidi, Kabeya and Thomy Lomboto on bass guitar. Thomy Lomboto now lives in Bangui, Central African Republic. I don't know where George Kalombo is since 1983 when he left Nairobi and went to Zambia. Later I heard that he went back to Congo after divorcing his wife."

A1: Akamba 1 & 2 (George Kalombo)
A2: Bibi Mdogo 1 & 2 (Coco Zigo)
B1: Mwana Manyema 1 & 2 (George Kalombo Mwanza)
B2: Bikumba kumba 1 & 2 (Kabeya Ilombo)

(Info from Paul Johnston, Tim Clifford, Peter Toll, Juan Carlos and Muttu Mondiya Mama on Julian Thorpe's page)
Akamba (Kalombo Mwanza) ASL 2256
Bibi Mdogo by Prince Koko Zigo Mike & Orch. Viva Makale (Koko Zigo)
Kampete (Kalombo Mwanza George) ASL 2317 1983
Kulo Koko by Prince Koko Zigo Mike & Orch. Viva Makale
Mama Nala by Kalombo Mwanza George & Orch. Viva Makale (Kalombo) Eds Mwana Mama WEM2 1981 (also released on Makossa USA as M230575 Disco 12" b/w "Safari")
Mbongo ni pesa 1 & 2 (Kalombo Mwanza and Kabeya) ASL 2239
Mopepe ya Mbula by Prince Koko Zigo Mike & Orch. Viva Makale
Mwana Manyema (George Kalombo Mwanza)
O Pallo
Safari (Coco Zigo?) Makossa 12" M230575
Sugar Mummy 1 & 2 (Kalombo Mwanza George & Orch. Viva Makale) Hit Parade HP013

Viva Stars

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. (Coco Zigo died in Nairobi in August 1998.)


Prince Coco Zigo Mike & L'orchestre Viva Stars "Horoscope" Editions Jaca JRP 35
Thomy Lomboto & L'Orchestre Viva Stars "Mama Mapacha" Editions Jaca JRP 39
Bora Bora 1 & 2 () Eds Hudson HUDP-01
Sali 1 & 2 (Ccoco Zigo) Eds Jaca JRP38


Vundumuna was formed by guitarist Tabu Frantal in 1984. He had started in Kisingani with Orch. Succès le Peuple, then came East with Boma Liwanza and joined Shika Shika then Virunga, before starting Vundumuna with his partner Wabansilu Manysho, the bassist. Ugandan Sammy Kasule (from Special Liwanza) and Lava Machine were also members. They also teamed up with Lessa Lassan, who had sung with African Fiesta, at one point.

LPs (from Peter Toll):

courtesy: KenTunes
LET'S GO DANCE (ASLP 1013 1986)

A1: Yambula
A2: Unikome
A3: Tega Masikio
B1: Let's go dance
B2: Komilakisate
B3: Omalikama

Vundumuna: Happenin' POLP 556 1986
A.1. Petite Nzele (Botango)
A.2. Gudi Gudi (Manytcho)
A.3. Benda Bika (Frantal)
B.1. Survival (Frantal)
B.2. Money Pesa "Argent" (Frantal)
B.3. Wivu Sina (Kelly Kanku)

Frantal: The return Of Lessa Lassan AMG 005
A.1. Sala Molende
A.2. Inaka Losele
B.1. Nakoka
B.2. Nzawe
(All songs composed by Frantal)

Vundumuna: The Original Vundumuna CBS(N) 025
A.1. Mariamu (Tabu/Ngongo)
A.2. Usinitese (Frantal Tabu)
A.3. Unshe (Vundumuna)
B.1. Mwinji (Botango/Kanku)
B.2. Mwami (Kelly Kanku)
B.3. Kagutema (Traditional, arr. Vundumuna)

Frantal Tabu & The Vundumuna - ELE IVALP 043
A.1. Oluka Makambo
A.2. Tuta - Tuta
B.1. Bibi
B.2. Ele
(All songs composed by Frantal)

Nakata Mikili / Vundumuna Band (Andrew Crawford INTA 18) 1991
Recorded in Japan, released in Kenya in 1991 (Doug Paterson)

on CD as Shake Shake

Shake Shake
Mademoiselle de Paris
Tabu nyingi
Nakata mikili
Moto ya pusa
Leo na suki

Ndoto () Bolingo
Vundumuna 1 & 2 () CBS (K) 7008

Tracks: "Sesse"
"Tongo Etana"
"Mee Kakpa"

Prod.: Vundumuna & H. Nagasawa; Vundumuna personnel:
B. B. Mo-Frank (keyboards, vocal, percussion)
Tabu Frantal (guitar, vocals, percussion)
Tabu Ngongo (alto sax, vocals, percussion)
Kelly Kanku (trumpet, flute, vocal, percussion)
Wabansilu David Manytsho (bass, vocal, percussion)
Kabakaba (guitar, vocal, percussion)
Kapela (drums, vocal, percussion)
Micky Jagajaga (drums)

Last update 2 November 2014

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