Congo Theme Week, day 3
Bantous Jazz – Les Merveilles
du Passé (1962 – 1964) vol. 2
african 1985

Les Bantous de la Capitale is one of the longest-lasting and most influential
groups in the musical history of the Congo (now Democratic Republic of the
Congo). Formed in 1959, the band played a major role in the introduction and
growing popularity of boucher, which vitalized the Cuban-influenced rumba,
and soukous. Initially co-led by saxophonists Dieudonne “Nino” Malapet and
Jean Serge Essous, Les Bantous de la Capitale made their mark with a series
of dance-inspiring singles that are reprised on the three-CD collection
Les Merveilles du Passé. Les Bantous de la Capitale has withstood several
personnel changes. When Essous elected to remain in
Paris after recording with the group, Malapet assumed leadership. Despite
geographical obstacles, Essous has continued to perform with the band.
Although the Congolese government’s issuing of an official cultural policy,
Authenticité ’67, resulted in the loss of several musicians, substitutes
were found and Les Bantous de la Capitale has continued to
tour and record. Singers have included Kosmos Kapitza, Pamelo Mounk’a, and
Tchico Tchicaya. Guitarists have included former Franco & OK Jazz member
Nedule Papa Noel and Samba Mascott. Les Bantous de la Capitale can be
found on solo albums by Mascott, Mounk’a, and Essous. (All Music)

Les Bantous de la Capitale, Discogs Discography

tracks ;

01 – Napesa bolingo na nani ?
02 – Olukaki boye
03 – Emilie wa francis
04 – Mbi ke ga
05 – Oguy na fort rousset
06 – Qui siera casarme
07 – Cherie ma banzo
08 – Lokoso ya basi
09 – Laurence yombua
10 – Souna maria

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5 thoughts on “Congo Theme Week, day 3
Bantous Jazz – Les Merveilles
du Passé (1962 – 1964) vol. 2
african 1985

  1. A huge thankyou Moos, I’ve had volumes 1 and 3 for many years – now finally volume 2 as well, and it’s superb! Les Bantous were legends of congolese music – Papa Noel, Essous & Nino and the others created a wonderfully inventive & playful style, that seamlessly bridged the Cuban and new Congo sounds – a real virtuoso ensemble. Thanks again for sharing this & everything else. mamboPete

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