Zembe-Zembe is an orchestra from the city of Kisantu in the Congo Central (Bas-Congo) who had made the rain and the good weather not only in this village, but also throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the time, this set was classified in the series of small orchestras. What was not in the opinion of the inhabitants of Kisantu. For them, their Zembe-Zembe was gone. This musical group was composed of young people born in the suburbs of Kinshasa, that is to say, of the municipality of N'djli and that of Selembao. Their beginning was very poor. They were often disappointed when giving concerts at N'Djili, because no one was paying attention to them.
It is for this reason that they have resolved to move to Inkisi. On the spot, they found a good Samaritan to the person of a certain Simon Buengo, who will become their manager. It is thanks to him that the novelties of Zembe-Zembe have begun to make a splash on the record market whether it's in Kinshasa or Inkisi. The guys from Gajos have begun to conquer the Kinois market and Zembe-Zembe began to receive solicitations from major orchestras in Kinshasa that wanted to extract some valuable elements for their orchestras.
It must be said quickly that they met a very fierce opposition from the inhabitants ofInkisi. Following the success of this orchestra, fans of good music Lipopo Kin Malebo, Lipopo ya banganga, Kin la belle, Kin Kiese Yai ». sought to interest these young provincials in the pleasures of the capital. They invited Zembe-Zembe to come deliver concerts in Kinshasa.
After several hesitations, this dark veil fell, and the 29 and 30 may 1970, Zembe-Zembe performed at bar-dancing club kinois "sweet candy" in the municipality of Kasavubu. There was an unprecedented success and the euphoria was total among Kinois. At the time, who could resist the charms of songs such as "Kenge", "Rendez-vous à Kisantu "," Likambo lizuaka nyama te "," Ozala ata metre ya fabric, etc. »
It was the beautiful time and life was beautiful. I remember at that time, I was very small and I was studying in primary school. Very often, accompanied by friends, we would perch on the top of the trees or on the roof of a house to savor these beautiful melodies and see how the couples were wiggling on the track of a bar. This, for fear of " Caders-JMPR Who, at the time, crisscrossed all the avenues of the city to stop the minors who dragged in the streets at undue hours.
Finally, I would like to give you the composition of this orchestra:
- CEO - Founder: Simon Buengo, aka Marro.
- Secretary: Leonardo Marie Monta.
- Conductor: Gajos.
- Soloist: Nodjos.
- Accompanying person: Small Johnny.
- Bass player : John Tex.
- Singers: Eddie, RJ, Gajos, Belmoundo et Gaspy.
- Marracassiste : Anderson.
- Drummer : Andrada the furious.
On this photo :
De left and right: Johnny Tex (bass player), Belmoundo (singer), Little Johnny (Support), Andrada (drummer), Gajos (singer-conductor), RJ (singer 1ère voice), Eddie (Singer composer, Modjos (soloist).
squatting: Gaspy (singer) and Anderson (Marracassiste).