Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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ZAIKO LANGA LANGA

African guitar band formed in Kinshasha '69; in forefront of new wave in Congolese music with a rougher, simpler soukous style. Founded by drummer Bakunde Ilo Pablo, Zaiko featured three guitars, strong front line of four vocalists (first lineup Likinga, LengiLengi, Bim Ombale and N'yoko Longo) and was a catalyst for younger bands emerging early '70s such as Empire Bakuba, Viva La Musica, Stukas etc. Frenzied soukous hits incl. '74-8 items compiled on Oldies And Goldies; from same period is Vol 6 of Les Grands Succs Des ditions Veve (see Verckys). One of the most prolific African recording bands by the '80s, with dozens of albums on many labels; best sellers incl. Sarah Djenni, Le Tout Neige, Tout Choc--Anti Choc, Kekete Zekete, Crois-Moi, On Gagne Le Procs, Mre Tity, De Paris Brazzaville, En Europe. Fairly vigorous turnover in personnel caused by members leaving to form other top bands: Viva La Musica '74 (indirectly Victoria '82), Grand Zaiko Wa-Wa '80, Langa Langa Stars '81, Choc Stars '83; in turn, sparkling LPs by new groups incl. four vols by Langa Langa Stars on Verckys' EVVI label, the last incl. Choc Stars; Choc Stars on their own label with Paris; a new supergroup with Bozi Boziana, Tchipaka Roxy and Esperant: together the heart of Zaire pop.