Author Topic: This was apparently what DV Moanda told Papa Wemba to create Zaïko  (Read 520 times)

MusiqueZaïroise on: April 18, 2021, 14:47

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I found this on Facebook and translated it with Google translator.

6. The day after this meeting, Jules is told, at their home, that a boy is looking for him outside. He goes out to listen to his surprise visitor. This young man is going to tell him three things:
1 ° My name is DV Moanda (his real name is Vital Di-Vita Moanda) and I am a member of the orchestra that you saw repeat yesterday.
2 ° After your performance yesterday and your departure, we decided to dissolve this orchestra (which was called Bel-guide National).
3 ° I suggest that you, if you wish, come with me to create a new orchestra.
Jules Shungu, who already called himself "Jules Presley", accepts the proposal and follows his new companion to the place of yesterday's rehearsal.

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5. One day, young Wembadio accompanies one of his friends to visit his aunt on Popokabaka Avenue on the Kasa-Vubu side. We are in 1969.
Left alone in the courtyard, while waiting for his friend who had entered the house, Jules Shungu hears voices coming from behind the house. Driven by curiosity, he turns behind the house and finds a group of young people rehearsing.
Having noticed the young curious interest in music, they go to ask Jules if he knows music. Young Wembadio replied that he was trying his hand at singing. They then ask him to sing something for them. Wembadio will perform the song "Adios Théthé" by Tabu Ley. Dazzled by the quality of the voice and the ease of the performance, these listeners will just ask him his name and address.
6. The day after this meeting, Jules is told, at their home, that a boy is looking for him outside. He goes out to listen to his surprise visitor. This young man is going to tell him three things:
1 ° My name is DV Moanda (his real name is Vital Di-Vita Moanda) and I am a member of the orchestra that you saw repeat yesterday.
2 ° After your performance yesterday and your departure, we decided to dissolve this orchestra (which was called Bel-guide National).
3 ° I suggest that you, if you wish, come with me to create a new orchestra.
Jules Shungu, who already called himself "Jules Presley", accepts the proposal and follows his new companion to the place of yesterday's rehearsal.
7. And there, Jules Shungu discovers that DV Moanda and his friends have chased away all the musicians he had seen yesterday except a guitarist: Felix Manuaku Waku said Pépé Felly.
Two days after this contact, a former singer of the orchestra dissolves Bel-guide and who will be kept in the new orchestra will join them. His name is José Nyoka Mvula better known under the name of Jossart Nyoka Longo. A little explanation about this name. Jossart comes from the contraction of the phrase "JOSé Sera ARTiste" that was regularly repeated to him by an old man from his neighborhood in Kimbanseke. Longo was the name of his older sister, Albertine Longo, who died in 1973 at the age of 22. In homage to his sister and also for the sake of perpetuating his memory, José Nyoka will recover his name and add it to his. This is how he became Jossart Nyoka Longo.
8. These three musicians (Jules Shungu Wembadio, Felix Manuaku, Jossart Nyoka Longo) and the administrators of the former Bel-guide (DV Moanda, Henry Mongombe, André Bita, Marcellin Delo) created on December 24, 1969 an orchestra which they denominate Zaiko (which means Zaire ya Bakoko, Zaire of the ancestors) Langa-langa (proposition of Jules Shungu, Langa-langa is a plant which grows easily and which gives a species of sweet potato).
To this core of founders will be added other musicians to complete the team. They are: Teddy Sukami, Enoch Zamuangana, Zéphirin Matima, Damien Ndebo, Pierre Muaka Uncle Bapius, Baudouin Mitshio and Ephraïm.
9. Thus was created, by a group of very young musicians (Jules Shungu 20 years old, Felly Manuaku 15 years old {born August 19, 1954}, and Jossart Nyoka Longo 16 years old {born September 7, 1953}), one of the the most legendary orchestras of modern Congolese music. The only orchestra that has remained, with its ups and downs, almost discontinuously at the forefront of the Congolese and African music scene for more than 51 years!

Mfumu Vata #1 on: April 18, 2021, 15:57

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It's true, Wemba was often saying it in interviews when being asked about the creation of Zaiko

Franco Pepe Kalle #2 on: April 18, 2021, 20:09

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Funny that Papa Wemba was one of the co-founders of Zaiko. It was a blessing in disguise for Zaiko when Papa Wemba left. Zaiko ended up having big groups. It was also a blessing for Papa Wemba because he made stars like Reddy Amisi, Djuna Djanana, Debaba and Kester Emeneya.

BienMat23 #3 on: April 18, 2021, 20:58

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Funny that Papa Wemba was one of the co-founders of Zaiko. It was a blessing in disguise for Zaiko when Papa Wemba left. Zaiko ended up having big groups. It was also a blessing for Papa Wemba because he made stars like Reddy Amisi, Djuna Djanana, Debaba and Kester Emeneya.
Just a question but you see the people that were made in Viva and Yoka/Isifi Lokole are they counted as Clan Zaiko or not?

Mfumu Vata #4 on: April 18, 2021, 21:24

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The impact of Viva La Musica was to big. It was from 1977 to 1982 the most popular band of Zaire and it came with La Sape which influenced a whole generation. The same for Victoria Eleison which dominated the music-scene of Zaire from 1982 to 1988. It are mostly those coming from Langa Langa Stars, Choc Stars and Anti Choc who see themselves as Clan Langa Langa (they never mention it as Clan Zaiko). Which is I think mostly due to Evoloko & Bozi returning to Zaiko after their departures and their image being to much linked to Zaiko. Musicfans were excepting Evoloko rejoining Zaiko again back in 1986 or 1987 (I don't remember) when Langa Langa Stars started to have difficulties and not working with VEVE, which once shows again how Evoloko's image was connected to Zaiko. On the side it's sad, because back from 1971 to 1974 he was Zaiko's biggest star along with Gina Efonge. He had succes with his Isifi Melodia in 1976 along with Popolipo, Djuna Djanana and Vadio Mamebga (after the departure of Wemba, Bozi and Mavuela). But the candle went slowly out when Papa Wemba formed Viva La Musica in 1977.


Evoloko used to Zaiko's image and Papa Wemba (back then called Jules Presley) was in his shadow. Then when they formed Isifi Lokole, to surprise of everybody it was Wemba who came the main star with his hitsong Amazone. It made Evoloko jealous to Wemba and it became worser when they switched Isifi's rehearshal place from Matonge (Wemba's neighbourhood) to Yolo (Evoloko's neighbourhood). Wemba then not being happy and trying to manipulate Mavuela and Bozi to form Yoka Lokole (since that he wasn't believing in his self).

BienMat23 #5 on: April 18, 2021, 21:28

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Ahhh ok because I was thinking about the Clan Zaiko and/or Clan Viva vs Clan Wenge in terms of influence and quality of the time who was best for the genre but when I was thinking of it I wasn’t sure who would even come under those titles so thanks a lot for your explanation