Minzoto Ya Zaire was a band founded in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) during the 1950s by Passionist missionary Jed De Laet (better known as Pere Buffalo). The band was a program to help troubled youths of the Billist subculture channel their creative energy. Music from the Bills differed from the rumba typically associated with the Congo. The band lasted into at least the 1970s.
Remmy Ongala (1947–2010) and his Super Matimila Orchestra are without doubt Tanzania’s most well known band, and have performed many times in Europe and the USA. Remmy Ongala is originally from Zaire/Congo. He lost his mother when he was nine years old and had to take on the responsibility of raising his siblings.