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Other spellings: Celi Bitshu and Celi Bittsu

"Celi Bitshou(manou) is from Congo Brazzaville and started his career with Les Bantous in 1962. Together with Youlou he joined OK Jazz in 1966 and together with Youlou (and Mosese) he left Franco in 1972 for Vicky's Orchestre Lovy.

In 1973, the three started a new band, Orch. Somo Somo, but soon Youlou quit to rejoin OK Jazz. When Somo Somo fell apart in the mid 1970s Bitshou joined Orchestre Veve [1]. He composed their 1977 hit "Muana Mburu" but left shortly after to start a solo career."

During the late 1970s he relased with his Orchestre Celi Bitshou several singles. Celi Bitshou is well known to have written Mado for OK Jazz. [2]


DiscographyEdit

1977Edit

  • Orchsetsre Celi Bitshu: Sacrife Ya Pa (7": Divox 10) [3]
  • Orchestre Vévé: Muana Mburu (7": Veve 226; African)
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshu: Helicoptere parts 1 & 2 (7": Bonga 09 / African 91.611) [4]
  • Orchestre Vévé: Muana Mburu 1 & 2 on: Orchestre Vévé (LP: African 360.106), here credited to Bitshoumanou Boniface

1978Edit

  • Orchestre Celi Bitshou: Tembe Na Tembe Ya Nini 1 & 2 (7": Super Contact 29; African 91.601) [5]
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshu: Coup Monté 1 & 2 (7": Super Contact 44; African 91.618) [6]
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshu: Nazali Na Confiance 1 & 2 (7": Super Contact 45; African 91.619) [7]



year unknownEdit

SinglesEdit

  • Natangi ya Plafond
  • Sacrife Ya Pamba
  • Natondi Ba Soucis
  • Stop 1 and 2



  • Orchestre Celi Bitshou: Nani Akabola Biso 1 & 2 (Salky Sal. 4)
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshou: Mon Ami 1 & 2 (Super Contact S.C. 36), mid 70s [11]
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshou: Absence 1 & 2 (Bonga 010)
  • Orchestre Celi Bitshou: Ozelaki Kaka 1 & 2 (Super Somo SS 1)

LPsEdit

  • Lassissi presente Celi Bittsu (sic!) (LP: Sacodis LS 46) [12]
  • Eddy Son presents Orchestre Celi Bitshu avec l'infatigable machine a tubes Bitshu (LP: K4221); Tracks: Side 1 : José / Von von // Side 2 : Moi mourir / Marabout [13]

CDsEdit

  • Souci ya Bolingo (CD)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Single release of his composition Muana Mburu on Veve 226 and African unknown cat.-no., re-released in the same year on LP African 360.106
  2. all information from: Celi Bitshou at Africambiance.org, 4.2.2012
  3. ebay, 5.2.2012
  4. Diaspora Records, 5.2.2012
  5. Discogs, 4.2.2012
  6. NetVinyls.com, 5.2.2012
  7. cdandlp.com, 5.2.2012
  8. YouTube, channel Soukousman, 17.12.2011, 5.2.2012
  9. YouTube, channel Soukousman, 17.12.2011, 5.2.2012
  10. YouTube, channel Soukousman, 5.1.2011, 5.2.2012
  11. Diaspora Records, 5.2.2012
  12. Global Groove blog, 9.4.2010, 5.2.2012
  13. Groove Collector, 5.2.2012

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