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Mboottte ladies and gentlemen 8). Let's discuss the history of Rumba/Soukous and how it influence the Afro diaspora of today. We'll also discuss the introduction of Ndombolo, Congolese migration of East & West Africa, guitarists who changed the game, etc.

When people hear of Rumba, they identify it with Cuban-Son but Son is just one of the many variants of this interesting genre.

In the 1930's, a French Antillean man by the name of Jean Rèal of Brazzaville and a group of Pointe Noires called Kato were already using the name "Kongo Rumba"( Unfortunately, I could not find any audio

Now, let's dive in. In the 1940's, they were two pioneers such as Paul Kamba and Wendo Kolosoy "Papa. Paul Kamba is depicted as the shaping Modern Congolese Music. In 1942, he discovers a group called "Victoria Brazza". (

 In 1946, a young Wendo who was a self taught mechanic and boxer formed the band "Victoria Bakolo Miziki -- fusing traditional Congolese folklore with tibits of Cuban Son.  From returning from a fight, he joins up with a Greek business who signs him to then Leopoldville (Kinshasa) label-Ngoma. This lead to the recording of the timeless classic "Marie Louise" in 1948.

 Some say, this was the....first recorded song to have a "sebene".  Henri Bowane is credited as guitarist. The song "Marie Louise" is said to rise the dead from the cemetery. Due to Radio Congolia, this was a big hit in West Africa.

This form of Rumba known as "Rumba Sukuma". The other Latin tinctured Rumba is called Rumba Fiesta -- will later go into this.

Note that the name "Victoria"  still to prove democracies on the Nazis, where Brazzaville plays an eminent role: virtual capital of the "Free France", it hosts in 1944 the "African-French Conference" where a speech by the General de Gaulle shyly lays the foundations of emancipation. De Gaulle, aware that he owes everything to the radio, hastens to give considerable resources to the transmitter of Brazzaville, which becomes the most powerful of the continent.

 There was another pioneer that goes by the name of Elenga Zakari aka Jhimmy Le Hawaiean. He hails from Bangui, Central African Republic. He comes to Leopoldville (Kinshasa) in 1946 in where he meets with the Ngoma's label musicians such as Papa Wendo, Henri Bowane, Manuel D'olivera, Paul Mwanga and Adou Elenga. Around this time, singers are accompanied by two guitarists and percussionist. He revamped Congolese music by adding guitar solos into the mix of a complete band including 1 rhythm guitar, 1 solo guitar, 1 double bass, 1 saxophonists, singers and percussionist. He is responsible for training both Tino Barosa and Charles "Dechaud" Mwamba (

Adou Elenga

Maria Tebbo "original" later reprise by Sam Mangwana "Le Pigeon Voyageur"

Paul Mwanga

Paul Mwanga is considered as one of the precursors of Modern Congolese music. He hails from Angola. He updated the traditional Maringa and fused with the Highlife of West Afrca, Polka Pike, etc (

Part 2 will be addressing  the introduction of Grand Kalle & African Jazz, Docteur Nico, Dechaud, etc. Stay tuned!

Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:28 »
Last time I heard African victory..was when Roger Milla scored in 1990. This was for Cameroon. Pepe Kalle celebrated and made everybody shake their waist. Hehe

I never been there but..a lot of people say France is very racist, even though there's a lot of Black people. Only reason Ill visit is because of the lovely Francophone Afro women and the Afro culture, etc. Im from the states but not different it is from there.

Benikoooooo "Zero Faute". Brotha really came a long from starting as accompaniment towards becoming a polyvalent musician (solo, rhythm, bass).

Beniko the creator of the timeless Zebola "Micko" rhythm. Ndombolo Ya Solooooo

When he left QL, it really did damage to Koffi Olomide and the band since he was very instrumental in the band's rhythm section. He also helped groomed Felly Tyson.

Here's a sebenology. Enjoy

« on: July 13, 2018, 22:55 »
Madame Sarah has done greats things in Abidjan. From 2014-2017.

Remember, when she was featured with Zaiko

Perhaps, we'll see more female guitarists playing rhumba-sebene...

Congolese Music / Re: Super ocean - Sobibor
« on: July 13, 2018, 22:46 »
Does this feature the atalaku Oceanie?

Congolese Music / Re: BM ROSALINA FIRE SONG
« on: July 13, 2018, 22:45 »
BM is following the art of marketing. Sebene + Beautiful women challenge = Success.

Koffi had a similar formula with Selfie.

« on: July 11, 2018, 23:29 »
This guy hehehe

Thereafter we started seeing the same format from the likes of Arlus Mabele and Loketo, Kassav and other session musicians developing what was called internationally 'Soukouss'  ....

You mean to tell me Zaiko are the ones to blame for Kanda Bongo Man and his peers?? ;D

hat album though was perfect for Western audiences, particularly those who just learned about the band or even African music in general. I agree it takes out the soul of Zaiko, if that was what you were alluding to... it’s like a movie with non-stop action scenes rather than a slow intriguing buildup

Yeah I understood the concept and it's subsequent popularity.  It's just one of those albums that I rarely go to.  Same goes for Franco's Animation Non Stop, Sam Mangwana's Megamix and any song Pepe Kalle re-made to fit into the soukous format.

Clan Zaiko were very instrumental in Modern Congolese music from the introduction of the keyboards in sebene -- Pepe Manuaku (Nzenze Mogengo w/Grand Zaiko); atalakus to Papa Wemba introducing the lokole.

Little known fact but...the genre "Soukous" dates back to 1959. I'll do a thread on the history of Soukous and the different types of Rumba. Will also add guitarists that changed the game (era).

Congolese Music / Re: WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?
« on: July 11, 2018, 23:14 »
I'm from the states but my family is from Liberia-West Africa. Liberian American. My last name "Massaquoi"; its Va ;D, they who were one of the sub-groups of Mandinkas.

Visited Africa for the first time this summer 8).

Congolese Music / Re: Who are your favourite bass players
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:06 »
In no particular order but these aren't favorites but more like...bassist I'm familiar with atm.
Shungu Omba alias Ngouma Lokito "Professor" (1987-current, nuff said)
Miguel Yamba (session man)
Remy Salomon (Loketo, Tchico Tchicaya, etc) (Has unique tunings, adopts the reggae style onto Congolese sebene)
Godessy Lofombo (Empire Bakuba, Delta Force, etc)
Mimiche (Maison Mere; Les Marquis)
Shaba Kahamba (R.I.P.) (Bella Bella, Tabu Ley, Mbilia Bel)
Boss Matuta (Nouvelle Generation, Papa Wemba, Wenge Aile Paris, session work)
Michel Lumana (Werrason, Black Bazar, session work)
Binda Bass (Quartier Latin)
Rocky Blanchard (Quartier Latin; Zaiko Langa Langa)
Faustino Ngoita (Central African Republic; played on Awilo's Gate Le Coin; Emeneya's Success Fou, etc)
Didier Massela (Wenge Musica; Maison Mere)
Sunda Bass (Wenge BCBG)
Zorro Luminga (R.I.P.) (Played for Dr. Nico's African Fiesta Sukisa)
Paty Basima (Quartier Latin; Academia, session work)
Oncle Bapius (Zaiko Langa Langa)
Motingia Tumba (Zaiko Langa Langa; Quartier Latin, session work)
Pinos (Viva La Musica; Victoria Eleison)
Pablo Lubadika (R.I.P.) (One of the first session dudes in Paris 1980's)
Espe Bass (Extra Musica)
Aladji Toure (Muana Cameroon)
Hilaire Penda (Muana Cameroon)
Guy N'Sangue (Muana Cameroon)
Ekima Edouard (Muana Cameroon)
George Decimus (Kassav)
Gauthier Mukoka (Viva la Musica)
Tosha Fulakanda (Viva La Musica)
Fally Ipupa's bassist in F Vic Team
Mpudi Decca (R.I.P.) (TPOK Jazz; OK International)
Flavien Makabi (TPOK Jazz; Bana OK)
MP Cheniet Milandou (Empire Bakuba)
Toroma Sika (Mbamina; session work)
Christophe Zadire (French Antilles) (A lot of French Antillean bassists has a distinctive groove especially during choruses)
Guy Wa Nzambi (Big Stars)
Jean Louis Bikunda (Big Stars; Viva La Musica; session work)
Delo Bass (Wenge El Paris; session work)
Douglas (Kanda Bongo Man)
Christian Mwepu (Wenge Musica; Maison Mere)
Djo Mali Bolenge (Zaiko Langa Langa; Isifi Lokole; Yoka Lokole; Choc Stars; Langa Langa Stars; Familia Dei; session work)
Celi Bitshou (TPOK Jazz; Veve)
Clovis Silawuka (Quartier Latin; Integral)
Ntoumba Minka (Muana Cameroon; played for Aurlus Mabele; Meiway, etc)
Niwa Koshi (Japanese dude who can play sebene very well)
Dramana Diarre (Super Biton de Segou - Mali)

Much respects to the bassists of Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, West Indies (includes Jamaica), etc. You can tell I listen to a lot of music MDR hehe

« on: December 30, 2017, 06:30 »
It seems like...he's becoming one of the major African stars, if not, the major star. How does somebody sign up to be a dancer in his band? I'll like to apply.

Also time delays, uneven ratio of sebenes and rumbas, lack of energy, etc. It seems like a lot of artists are trying to... capitalize on the "World music" but the thing with experimentation, it's risky and about trial and error.There are a few musicians that are original in their approach and combine a melange of genres which result in creating their own genre.

It'll be interesting if somebody...combined Funk, Indian Classical Music, Congolese Rumba Sebene/Ndombolo, Zouk, Pianos, Latin Music and Folk. If anybody doesn't create this....maybe I will.

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