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Music => Congolese Music => Old School Music => Topic started by: MwanaMokili on January 24, 2017, 10:57

Title: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 24, 2017, 10:57
This Group was a Group from the Eastern DRC ( then Called Zaire) brought to East Africa by a very (then) prominent musician known as Ilunga wa Ilunga or Baba Gaston.

The group was known as Mangelepa ( which was derived from the French term Marc Les Parc )
 
This is one of their hit songs known as Nyako Konya ( Meaning Help me Girl in Luo, one of Kenya's languages)

The sound quality and arrnagement could rival any band today, although this song was recorded in 1978...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlc7XIUdJqo

Remnants of the group are still live in Kenya, perfroming as resident band fro night joints.

Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on January 24, 2017, 23:54
Indeed. The sound is very well balanced, the vocals are very pleasing, and the lead guitar is audible as it should be. I am usually very pleased with Kenyan recordings, at least regarding those songs that I listen to.
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 25, 2017, 09:51
Indeed. The sound is very well balanced, the vocals are very pleasing, and the lead guitar is audible as it should be. I am usually very pleased with Kenyan recordings, at least regarding those songs that I listen to.

Indeed Nairobi was for a long time the Centre for recording studios for bands all over East Africa.
All major recording labels of the day like Sony, EMI, Polydor, RCA e.t.c had set up shop here and therefore
we had bands coming from all over to make recordings and cut Vinyl as well as hold live shows on the side.

This is how Lingala groups from Eastern DRC were attracted to come to Kenya rather than go to Kinshasa.

I will share a few links for some serious stuff from Kenya in the 70's and 80's.....
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 26, 2017, 13:48

Here is another Club Banger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wxZAUskA2M


This is a group that was short-lived in the 70's but the musicians stayed in Kenya in different groups or as session musicians.
The heavy bass singer was known Moreno Batamba: the Furious drummer was known as Lava Machine.

This song was a club favourite in Nairobi and the whole dance floor was dusty after the song....
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on January 26, 2017, 17:37
It is wonderful! Very nice guitar parts. And the chorus is pretty good as well. One of the singers reminds me of Bimi Ombale.

 
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on January 26, 2017, 20:46
This latter tune reminds me of the song of another band. I think this group was also from Katanga, but maybe I am wrong. But there is so big similarity in the sound of the chorus:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKyKsCviu4
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 27, 2017, 03:41

From the style of the song this sounds eerily like Orchestre Kiam, Lipua Lipua, Bela Bela or Les Kamale
Those groups used to be composed of more or less the same musicians from the Vercky's Kiamungana Stable.

Let me research on the names and see if I can get any more info on this song.
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 27, 2017, 06:49
This latter tune reminds me of the song of another band. I think this group was also from Katanga, but maybe I am wrong. But there is so big similarity in the sound of the chorus:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKyKsCviu4

 Bencuri,
Bansomi Lay Lay was a group in a stable known as Bib Editions, which was a competitor to the Veve stable that had set up the Kiam, Lipua Lipua and Les Kamale orchestras.

Bibi Publishers also created Shama-Shama, Mokako and Bansomi Lay lay. This last Group was illustrated by a rhythm resembling the noise of a locomotive. Hence the nickname of Engunduka. Bansomi Lay lay was directed by Tumwa Said "Memi Ley" .

Here are some other songs from Bansomi Lay Lay :

Lokoka a :
 http://media.putfile.com/07Orchestre-Bansomi-Lay-Lay-Lokoka-&usg=ALkJrhjmgORjgMk7IwyaVq6bniIJxRrnNA (http://media.putfile.com/07Orchestre-Bansomi-Lay-Lay-Lokoka-&usg=ALkJrhjmgORjgMk7IwyaVq6bniIJxRrnNA)

Lokoka b :
http://media.putfile.com/08-Orchestre-Bansomi-Lay-Lay-Lokoka-&usg=ALkJrhjbMq6o5vuPWLZO3mDxigyzeee2SA (http://media.putfile.com/08-Orchestre-Bansomi-Lay-Lay-Lokoka-&usg=ALkJrhjbMq6o5vuPWLZO3mDxigyzeee2SA)

Some famous Hits by Shama Shama :
This song was also released under the name Orchestra Kavacha, so I am not sure whether ther is a mistake on the name or group was also known as Kavacha. sometimes leaders would form groups and release songs under different names for different markets or commercial deals if a group broke up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZMT-rt-9A
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on January 27, 2017, 10:59
So was it a Kinshasa based group then?
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on January 30, 2017, 04:47

Yes, It was based in Kinshasa.
The highliight of its popularity was in 1976, just after teh Rumble in the Jungle.
Zaire's economy was high, the People were in the throes of patriotism and the 'authenticity change' and only local music was played by the Government broadcaster....
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on January 30, 2017, 10:20
I always thought this group was from Lumumbasi. Good to know it correctly now.
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on March 07, 2017, 09:33
Here is another Gem from the Band Mangelepa:
Bwamy Wa Lumona was 'Le Captain' or Band leader also played the Lead guitar
Bandibanga wa Tshilumba 'KaiKai' on Vocals

Lolo Mukena

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbWRp5kf7Ec
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on March 10, 2017, 02:40
Nice tune!

Can you recommed othes songs feom Les Noirs? I like their tune very much.
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on March 10, 2017, 15:40
Nice tune!

Can you recommed othes songs feom Les Noirs? I like their tune very much.


Since You Asked :

Here is Fofita by Moreno Batamba

Moreno Batamba is the husky Bass voice singing ( Second voice)

The Mean Drummer was known as Lava Machine.

Enjoy ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1eG2rFh0ZA

Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on March 14, 2017, 01:21
Thanks! Great tune again, I am amazed how good the sound of the guitar is.  :)
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on March 14, 2017, 03:42
Thanks! Great tune again, I am amazed how good the sound of the guitar is.  :)

Indeed, Bencuri.

The Lead Guitar was the focus of most of the groups playing in that era, with the rest of the group working around it.

For some serious guitar work, consider the following from Mangelepa's Bwammy Wa Lumona 'Le Capitan' in their hit
Maboko Pamba :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5leZ2eyZ3A

The group was the masters of the Stage Marshall.
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: MwanaMokili on April 04, 2017, 13:48

Bencuri:

Here is some more guitar works from the Late 70's from a group known as Moja one.

The composer is the singer with the husky vocals, known as Moreno Batamaba (Real Name Batamba Wenda Morris  1955-October 1994).

Moreno 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, then moved to Kenya and joined Les Noirs in Mombasa in 1976.

From 1978-80 Moreno was based in Dar-es-Salaam where he sang with Safari Sound before returning to Kenya.

Orchestra Moja One was not a real group, but comprised of session musicians or guest musicians from other groups.
Mostly he sung with tenor Coco Zigo Mike, guitarist Siama Matuzungidi and drummer Lava Machine and other musicians
from Orchestre Shika Shika.

Moreno's 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 Nairobi, 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.

Moreno 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.

His Frist big hit was Dunia ni Duara ( The Earth is Round ) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAi5h3HJkn4


And Another hit "Jua Lako " ( Mind your own [business]) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mvOkJw625w

Enjoy....
Title: Re: Kenyan Lingala Group of the 70's
Post by: bencuri on April 06, 2017, 13:03
Nice pieces!

By accident I didn't notice you posted the video of Le Capitan. Very nice song. I love these, I am archiving them constantly. Especially Super Mazembe.