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Orchestra Super Mazembe


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Orchestra Super Mazembe was a popular band based in Kenya playing Lingala () music. The band had roots in Super Vox, a band formed in 1967 in Congo (then Zaire) and led by Mutonkole Lonwa Didos. The band moved to Nairobi in 1974 and changed its name to Orchestra Super Mazembe.

Their biggest hit was “Shauri Yako”, a cover song originally performed by Nguashi Ntimbo & Festival Du Zaire. Other popular songs included “Samba”, “Bwana Nipe Pesa” and “Kassongo”. The group was disbanded in 1985.


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  • martes68

    well said meetinghouse ! I was lucky to be introduced to them on long road trips in tanzania, a cassette tape of the album Shauri Yako. "old is gold" they say, wonderful blend of drums n percussion, two guitars, bass, trumpet and great, great vocals...and each song is very different, something quite unique in east african music. well, i guess OSM is from Congo originally..

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • meetinghouse1

    love the sound of this intoxicating ensemble,everyone i know loves o.s.m. and we haven't a clue why ,but it doesn't matter why .

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • cgbaguidi

    Sans exemple tres bien!

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • X__Truthiness

    Awesome! I love "Kassongo"

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
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