O.K. Jazz – The Loningisa Years 1956-1961

O.K. Jazz and African Jazz on the national radio + interview by Korneel De Clercq about the O.K. Jazz release in the show ‘Wonderland’ on Radio 1 (Dutch only). Congo part begins at 33:00.

Listen to Planet Ilunga in Wonderland – Radio 1

Rock-a-Mambo & l’African Jazz – Souvenirs from Esengo 1957-1961

For his second vinyl reissue, Planet Ilunga has found some truly rare Rock-a-Mambo and African Jazz sides that were issued on 78 rpm shellac discs in the Congo in the years before Independence (and then reissued, some of them, on Pathé Marconi, like African Memories of 1976 or Columbia EPs, such as Congo Latino, in the 60s and 70s).”

<< Full review on >>

“Planet Ilunga opens a portal to Leopoldville’s (currently Kinshasa, DRC) nightlife of the late 1950s. A cosmopolitan array of enthused colonialists and their surprising influence provides the industrial back drop for the sound and story of the Rock-a-Mambo & l’African Jazz bands from the short lived profligacy of the Esengo label.”

<< Full review on Eclectic Society >>

“Carefully anotated and cleanly restored, the second release on the Belgian Planet Ilunga label is a labour of love. It offers a thorough presentation of a specific circle of musicians from Brazzaville and Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) recording for the Esengo label. For more than a decade Congolese urban music had been steeped in Afro-Caribbean forms – mambo, cha-cha, merengue, son, bolero and especially rumba. For this set, a rotating cast of a few dozen performers is corraled into two main groups playing light-hearted, charming party music.”

<< Review in the September issue of The Wire Magazine >>

Invited by DJeromebosch’s OK/KO radioshow, le roman de la musique Congolaise (Radio Rectangle) in 2014, see playlist below.


—————————-> PLAYLIST OK/KO#21

1. Celia Cruz & Sonora Matancera – “Madre Rumba” (Humberto Jauma)
2. African Rock – “Ya Biso Pembeni” (Charles Kibongue)
3. Rock-a-Mambo – “Pesa Ngai Falanga Na Masanga” (Tino Baroza)
4. Vedette Jazz – “La Muyera Antonio” (Baguette)
5. African Jazz – “Tujala Tshibemba” (Joseph Kabasele)
6. Conga Jazz – “Nalingi Na Ngai Kobala Te” (Dewayon)
7. Kongo Jazz – “La Belle Lucie Botayi” (Raymond Brainck)
8. Camille Feruzi & Mysterieux Jazz – “Na Motindeli Mokanda” (Camille Feruzi)
9. Orchestre La Palma – “Sebene La Palma” (André Menga)
10. Franco & Ok Jazz – “Bazuki Batunaki Ngai” (Franco)
11. African Jazz – “Bana Na Nwa” (Déchaud)
12. African Fiesta – “Ngonga Ebeti” (Depuissant)
13. Cercul Jazz – “Tobongisa Avenir” (Franklin Boukaka)
14. Franklin Boukaka – “Les Immortels” (extraits) – (Franklin Boukaka)
15. Franck Lassan – “Laissez Tomber”
16. Orchestre Mi Amor – “Lisana Ebandaki Na Kin” (Lutumba Simaro)
17. Malongansomi & Namatani – “Mputulu”
18. Super Star de Dakar – “Maria Helena” (Dexter Johnson & Laba Sosseh)
19. Kebendo Jazz – “Soumba” (Mamadi Traore)
20. Cuban Marimba Band – “Wanawake Tanzania” (Salum Abdallah)
21. Lucie Eyenga – “Baloji Mwana Ya African Jazz”
22. Tekele Mokango Na Bana Lomeka – “Pongo”
23. Big Maybelle – “Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King” (Jack Taylor)

24. Charbon Justin – “Philips” – (78rpm Philips / circa 1955 / Christian Jazz DJ)* Little erata: Bill Alexandre didn’t record for the Opika label.

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