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Thu-Zaina

Formed by several teenage students (including drummer Zicozaco Essabe, bass player Ndebo Bona, guitarist Tshomba Olivier Sawa and vocalists Dezzy Bkanga and Denis and Bruno Bonyeme) in October 1967 in Kinshasa, Congo (formally Zaire). Thu-Zaina (the name means ‘person’ or ‘friend’) had been a bridge between your great Congolese orchestras of Franco and Tabu Ley and the brand new wave bands from the Zaiko Langa Langa family members. Pursuing early support from Tabu Ley, the group produced their live debut in 1968 at Le Marinal in Kinshasa. They truly became regular performers at La Jeunesse Montante, weekend evening style and music occasions for teenagers, where their mixture of Congolese music, rumba, ‘jerk’ and R&B produced them extremely popular. They documented their first produces for Philips Information in 1969. The music group enjoyed several strikes on various brands over another few years. Because they had been still learners the band seldom travelled abroad, focusing their energies rather on the neighborhood picture where they received the patronage of Franco with whom they agreed upon a agreement in 1970. Yet, in 1972 the agreement expired as well as the politics and in-fighting from the Kinshasa music picture began to consider its toll on the music group. They continued regardless of line-up adjustments, finally disbanding in 1974. Coup De Chapeau is certainly a assortment of strikes from throughout their profession and, using its mixture of melodic music and buzzing guitars, offers a very important record of the music group who exemplified a transitionary period in Congolese pop.

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