An obituary on digitalcongo. They scored an immediate hit with "Sindangari. They may have migrated East, and certainly spent time in Kenya and Tanzania, recording in Swahili. There's a shout-out to Mabele in "Ah, Ndugu! The band was formed in Kampala with Zairean and Ugandan musicians in In the late 70s Remmy Ongala and Mose Se Fan Fan were both members of this internationally popular group and later covered some of the material in their own bands.
In Virgin released their LP Agwaya to great acclaim. Although Remmy Ongala did not participate in the recording of Agwayayou can see him on the cover.
In the group picture he is sitting at the right end. Was Ongala in Kenya at the time? No, he wasn't, the picture is fake.
It's an old group photo from Tanzania pasted on a background with the Nairobi skyline. And as Fan Fan did not take part in the Agwaya sessions either, two of his songs were also re-recorded without him, "Mosese" and "Molema". Soon after the recording of AgwayaOrch. Makassy broke up.
This happened when the European tour they were eagerly waiting for did not materialize. Some musicians, including Micky, decided Infinite Shame - Pig - Praise The Lard stay in Kenya.
Others, like Mzee Makassy, returned to Tanzania. Earlier on, Makassy's recording had taken a dramatic turn when Virgin Records UKafter being greatly impressed by the group's music, did an unprecedented thing: In collaboration with AIT K Records, they flew in a London producer to record Makassy. He has produced or engineered several Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini? / Agano Lako toppers and has been instrumental in work on albums by Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Mick Fleetwood and others.
On arrival, Norman halted the recording for the local market which was running into its second week and with the l0ad of recording gadgets he had flown in, set to work on the 16 track CBS studio machines to ensure quality performance. Doubling as recording engineer and producer, it took him over a week to record tracks for the nine songs destined for overseas markets, leaving the mixing to be done in London.
The technical excellence of the recordings -- something unknown in this part of Africa -- has generated quite some activity on the local scene with many musicians wanting Norman to record them. An LP entitled Agwaya Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini?
/ Agano Lako a Zairean traditional dance and singles from it will be released by Virgin Records in Europe and possibly the US before the end of the year. Norman optimistically feels that, " Agwaya has the right ingredients and with the growing interest in African music in Europe, it's bound to do reasonably well in the UK and France. Makassy's time ran out before they could perform live as promised.
But it is understood that they will be back in December to give their fans a treat. Outside the studio Mzee Makassy was busy checking out the Nairobi music scene. He expressed disappointment at "the lack of authentic Kenyan music and bands despite the many talented musicians. He added: "Authentic Kenyan music persistently imposed on people would eventually win public acceptance. An extremely popular group in Tanzania, Mangelepa's music is constantly featured on their radio.
The Tanzanian crowds are notorious for being very particular about powerful music equipment but the boys are expected to hire the heavy instruments of the National Music Council and Orch. Makassy to administer their Sindano ya Moto effectively.
Super Matimila. Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini? / Agano Lako Somo. Molema A. Athumani Parisis - Various - Crosstown Rebels Present Rebel Futurism Session Two. Cisca B. Most of these were updated in the studio and re-recorded for the Agwaya sessions done in Nairobi. The combination of Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini?
/ Agano Lako musicianship and the minimalistic production of Norman Mighell, who recorded them inproduced what many regard one of the finest moments of East African rumba. This is an LP he recorded some years later for Polygram. They came to Tanzania on tour in the s and decided to stay on in Dar Es Salaam. When the government decided to oust foreign bands, later in the s, they enterprisingly set themselves up as a cooperative, OMACO, that owned the White House Club in Ubungu and they bought a farm outside the city that sold its produce in the Kariakoo market.
Their laid-back style created the notion of "civilized dancing" i. They started as a splinter from Super Teo band in a typical band under contract to a hotel who owned their instrumentswhen they could afford to buy their own equipment.
They were invited to play in Kampala in and set off on tour but only got as far as Dar Es Salaam, liked it and stayed. In founder and leader sax-player Chinyama Chianza died and Nguza "Viking" Mbangu took over as leader his guitar can be heard on "Mpenzi Luta" and "Mabruki" until he decided to go solo in and later formed Safari Sound. In the early 80s the band had a string of hits with three LPs produced in Nairobi, but then dropped "du Zaire" from their name and became Maquis Original.
Their visit to Nairobi, to perform and record, was written up in the Kenyan paper in Maquis to perform in Kenya by Jeremiah Auram and Amboka Andere Next month may be a historical one for two major Zairean bands are scheduled to stage a chain of gigs in Kenya. The news about the coming of Maquis was revealed by Mr.
Mr Litondo, the organizer of the group's first ever tour of Kenya said the group is billed to do live shows in Nairobi, Nyeri, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nakuru. The tour is scheduled to start on December 1 and will continue until end of December. Litondo said a special charity show is planned on the eve of the Jamhuri Day at a venue yet to be decided.
Part of the money raised from the show shall be donated to charitable organizations, he said. While the man TP OK Jazz will have no curtain raising group, the Tanzanian based man Maquis will have such a group which has not been named. The band carried on under singer Mbuya Makonga and Dekula Kahanga a. Kahanga started his career in Orch.
As Ronnie Graham says, "A lead guitarist with a new sharp sound, Vumbi revitalized the band and put them back on top with their late 80s hit 'Ngalula,' heard on Tanzania Dance Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini? / Agano Lako vol 2. Assosa wrote some of the hit songs of Maquis, such as "Makumbele" and "Ngalula"; those songs also showcased guitarist Dekula Kahanga's talent.
Kahanga would later become a successful guitarist on his own; he has now relocated in Sweden. Lead singer Tshimanga Assosa also left for a while in the 70s to return to Kinshasa; back in Tanzania he joined orchestra Makassy and wrote their international hit "Mambo bado.
In June they were sentenced to life imprisonment. The facts of the case suggest they were not given a Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini? / Agano Lako trial, that the prosecution gave inconsistent and Pearl On The Half Shell - Weather Report - Sportin Life evidence.
Court documents suggest there was a vendetta against Nguza and his son as two other defendants were released on appeal, and defense witnesses were not heard in the trial. The Nguzas were granted clemency and released by the president in December Together they approached a businessman who ran a bar and restaurant and also owned musical instruments and after discussions it was agreed that they perform at the bar.
During the following six years of hard work they acquired enough money to purchase their own musical instruments. In the band's name was changed to Orchestre Maquis du Zaire and the following year, while on a tour of countries neighbouring Zaire, they decided to settle in Tanzania's capital of Dar es Salaam where they received a wonderful reception from musical lovers.
The group now has a large following in Tanzania and through their company OMACO Limited they have purchased property including acres of farmland. Orchestre Ma Quis Du Zaire's popular music has been exposed through the airwaves on state-owned Radio Tanzania, but until recently not had the chance of being cut on discs to reach fans in neighbouring countries. The Knock Em Dead - Mötley Crüe - Hate Into Fire, which has thirty-six members twenty eight musicians, three stage show girls and five officialsfinally made its first appearance in Nairobi at the beginning of May for recording sessions at the CBS studio Unfortunately they were unable to give live performances.
They did however make some TV appearances. Special Thanks: Godfrey Zimba for his unquestionable contribution, Tido Mhando for his company and sparing time until the late hours of The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Herculean night at the border; Peter Bond for his encouragement during the trying time; Simon Ndesandjo and Peter Musaka for the role played during the session.
Sleeve design by Avelino Fernandez. Nguza Viking from back cover of Karubandika. But see Stefan's take. It was in that the group Orchestre Super Gabby came together and began performing in a local bar. Nearly ten years later, that same band, having changed their name to Orchestra Maquis du Zaire made their first appearance in Dar es Salaam in It was love at first sight or sound as the band received a warm reception from Tanzanian music lovers -- Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini?
/ Agano Lako much so that The Buzzer - Dystopian Society - Overturned Reality (File, Album) band stayed on in Dar making it their home. With the recent success of their Studio-Side - Vasilisk - Musick For Liberation And Ecstasy single "Karubandika", Maquis are rapidly extending their popularity Orchestre African Fiesta* - Toweli Nini?
/ Agano Lako Eastern and Central Africa. This LP is a selection of some of the most recent Maquis recordings. Get down and enjoy the Zembwela beat! Mozili Etonda Na Zambo a2. Zobela Ngai Polela b1. Serieux Ya Mukoko also released as a 45 b2. Baba Willy 2. Makumbele No. Kalenga B1. Yarabi Nafsi 2. Bonale 3. Kibulwa no. Mayanga 2. Selina 3. Nenee B1. Mathy Matii 2. Dunia Mzunguko 3. Mpenzi Scolla [via Peter Toll]. Kadiri ka nsimba 2. Wakati nilikuwa mdogo 3.
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