June 26, 2019

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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  1. Nick 26 June 2019 at 13:26 - Reply

    Wondrous Moos! You don’t have volume one, do you? (I’ve got volume 3)

  2. DJ Daudi 26 June 2019 at 17:57 - Reply

    Thanks, Moos. This is one that I do not have. I appreciate the chance to listen to it!

  3. mamboPete 26 June 2019 at 18:50 - Reply

    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

  4. nyakan kabunge 19 August 2023 at 13:41 - Reply

    Kindly my brothers allow me with utmost respect to Moos to make a small correction here,Les Bantous De La Capitale was never and still is not is not A Band from D R C(Democratic Republic Of Congo) rather this is a Group , cause it still exists, From the OTHER CONGO, we have TWO CONGOs in Africa,’across the pool’ CONGO BRARAZZILE, Essous, Malapet, Master mwana Congo, Youlou Mabiala, Aurlus Mabele and others are sons of Congo Brazza

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