March 19, 2023

Eddy Gustave présente
Ballou Canta
Saxone-Music 1990

Two days ago, I received this email;

Afrisong Records
Fri, Mar 17, 4:25 PM (2 days ago)
to moos

this is to inform you: my dear friend Lokassa Ya Mbongo of the Soukous Stars has passed away after a long illness. his friends worldwide will like to know. please do a nice celebration of life for him. keep up the good work.
Mannie Mensah
Afrisong Records

Good morning groovers,
Ofcourse I could not ignore,
in this article we honour Ballou
Canta, but especially Congo’s late & great rhythm guitarist
Lokassa Ya Mbongo ! Last wednesday Lokassa died age 80.
He was the frontman of ‘Soukous Stars’. Lokassa’s career
spans some 50 years. He played with Tabu Ley Rochereau’s
Afrisa from 1970 to 1978 alongside singers Pepe Ndombe,
Sam Mangwana and Michelino Mavatiku Visi. Later Lokassa
was part of the great Afican All Stars with Dizzy Mandjekou
and Sam Mangwana. Also starring Ringo Moya, Syran, Bopol,
Pablo Lubadika, Theo Blaise Kounkou and others. This album
is with Ballou Canta, one of the other founders of ‘Soukous
Stars’. It came out in 1990, just after the start of Soukous
Stars. Also starring here is Dally Kimoko.
Denis Lokassa Kasiya 1943 – 2023
Rest in Peace Lokassa,
you were one of Congo’s greatest ..

nehanda radio
Lokassa ya Mbongo, Discogs
Ballou Canta, Wikipedia
Ballou Canta, Discogs

Ballou Canta, Samba-La ! 1978
the Best of Lokassa ya M’bongo 1983
Lokassa ya M’Bongo, Bonne Année 1983
Lokassa ya M’Bongo, Assitou Special 81 1981
All African All Stars titles

01 – Adama-diallo
02 – Baine de minuit
03 – Christ-koma
04 – Fifi-mali mousso
05 – Wele-wele

bonus tracks;

06 – Lokassa ya M’Bongo – Angelique
07 – Lokassa ya M’Bongo – Sabina
08 – Lokassa ya M’Bongo – Marie josé


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  1. anon 19 March 2023 at 10:58 - Reply

    RIP Lokassa.

    He also played on many great albums with kanda bongo man (Lela lela, sai, etc) and Pepe Kalle (Tika Makanisi, Nina, L’Argent Ne Fait Pas Le Bonheur etc.).

    Once Pepe Kalle was even a singer in a band he was a leader of (FiDeS in the early 1970s)

    Thanks for the music as always Moos

    • Moos 19 March 2023 at 11:04 - Reply

      Thank you for this Anon, I knew there
      was more, just not exactly what. cheers ..

    • E 26 March 2023 at 05:16 - Reply

      More tasty tidbits. Lokassa ya M’bongo sure left his indelible mark on many fine recordings. Many thanks to him and to you Moos for the wonderful posts. RIP Seigneur

  2. Anonymous 20 March 2023 at 10:44 - Reply

    Thank you for this. I discovered hie beautiful guitar playing from this blog. So much good music.
    in other news Zippyshare is closing down at the end of the month.

  3. Robert 21 March 2023 at 19:12 - Reply

    Thanks, as always, Moos.

    The demise of Zippyshare is a tragic loss for anyone who has followed Jillem’s Holland Tunnel Dive blog. I personally am so thankful for the breadth and depth of Jillem’s archive, and along with your site it keeps my radio program fresh.

    Jillem posted a pristine copy of Nguashi Ntimbo’s Shauri Yako, IMHO one of the all-time greatest African albums. For that I am ever grateful. And, BTW, your Ntimbo postings are excellent and appreciated as well.

    peace, robert

    • Moos 22 March 2023 at 11:17 - Reply

      I agree Robert, Jillem’s HTD is a treasure trove that
      will be sadly missed. I am currently catching up on the
      things I’have missed so far. Try to download as much as possible
      before the end of the month I’d say. Sincerely hope Jillem is
      going to find a way to get back soon. Cheers Robert ..

  4. richard 27 March 2023 at 10:19 - Reply

    I just downloaded everything by JDownloader in one delirious rush. No waiting at zippyshare.

    • Moos 27 March 2023 at 17:18 - Reply

      Wow, how do you do that ?
      I can only download them one by one ..

      • Anonymous 27 March 2023 at 19:37 - Reply

        I opened JDownloader. I clicked on the download button in the hollantunneldrive, below, where you click to download. Then the zippyadress pops up and I copy that https line(as above) and JDownloader told me everything was loaded (after a minute or so) in linkgrabber. I pressed start all downloads et voila.

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