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Nguashi N'timbo is a singer and composer descending from Congo (former Zaire). While he is almost unknown, maybe forgotten some of his extraordnary compositions, namely "Manguta" and "Shauri Yako" remain very popular, unforgettable and are still shining as bright as in the early 1980s.

Nguashi 1981

"Nguashi N'Timbo made his debut in Lubumbashi in the Baba Gaston Band and was playing with them for many years. Arriving in Kinshasa he started Orchestre Sentima and sang alongside Sam Mangwana, notably on "Tangua." By 1977 he was releasing songs in Nairobi with his Orchestre Festival du Zaire, which also featured Kadima, Zele Kabamba and Starzo ya Estha." [1] His Nairobi releases, credited also to Orchestre Sentima and Orchestre Top Forum, were released on his own label Ntimbo.

For three years, from 1979 to 1981, he was a singer with OK Jazz.[2]. He recorded more singles, released in Kinshasa as well as in Nairobi, e.g. "Zala Serieuse", Lembi", "Manguta", "Nzanzi" and "Bolingo ya sens unique", some of whom later appeared on his Musicanova LP. [3] "Shauri Yako" became his biggest hit in East Africa, recorded by himself as well as by Orchestra Super Mazembe and by Mbilia Bel. An LP with the same title Shauri Yako, released in Kenya, was a compilation of his new hit with some of his early Nairobi recordings. In 1982 he recorded again in Kinshasa with members of OK Jazz, among them Ntesa Dalienst and Madilu System the songs "Mboya" and "Osala Ngai Nini". [4]


DiscographyEdit

1977Edit

All releases on N'timbo's own label Editions NTIMBO in Kenya. [5]

  • Orchestre Top Forum: Matata (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 001)
  • Orchestre Top Forum: Liwa Pts. 1 & 2 (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 002)
  • Orchestre Sentima: Mama (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 003)
  • Orchestre Top Forum: Tien An Mien (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 005)
  • Orchestre Sentima Citoyen Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 006)
  • Orchestre Festival du Zaire: Akende Bokila (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 007
  • Orchestre Sentima: Bosomele (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 008) [6]
  • Orchestre Festival du Zaire: Fatu (Pts. 1 & 2) (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 009)
  • Orchestre Sentima: Trop Bon, Trop Couyon //Mati (7": Editions Ntimbo ET 010)

1979Edit

Singles

  • Orch. T.P. OK-Jazz: Manguta (7": MAZADIS 4225 F/A / 4226 F/B CC-034-80 /Zaire - Matrix: MZO 4325 / MZO 4326) - Tracks: Manguta (1) b/w Manguta (2). Comp. N'timbo - Credits: Orch. T.P. OK-Jazz

LPs

  • Nguashi Ntimbo & Le T.P. O.K. Jazz: Manguta (LP: Star SHA 020 /Abidjan, RCI) - Tracks: Manguta (N'Timbo) / Mzazi (N'Timbo) // Bolingo Ya Sens Unique (N'Timbo) / Cheri Ago (N'Timbo) [7] - year of release is not clear! "Cet album a été réalisé avec l'aimable autorisation de M. N'Guashi N'Timbo des «Editions Musicales Nguashi Ntimbo»" (back sleeve)

ca. 1981Edit

Singles

  • Nguashi N'Timbo & Orch. TPOK Jazz: Lembi (Pts 1 & 2) (7": ASL 2288 /Kenya) [8]
  • Kadioka Pts (1 & 2) (7": Bana Mojo Bana 20 /Kenya) [9]
  • Orch Festival du Zaire: Madiya (Pts 1 & 2) (7": ASL 3351 /Kenya) [10]
  • Orch Festival du Zaire: Shauri Yako (Pts 1 & 2) (7": ASL 3393 /Kenya) [11]

LPs

  • Nguashi N’timbo et le T.P.OK Jazz présente Banganga ya Moindo (LP: Edition Nguashi Ntimbo NT 001) - Tracks: A-side: Banganga Ya Moyindo / Lembi / Zala Serieuse // B-side: Pneu Réserve" / Moto ya Train - also released as:"Musicanova" présente Ngwashi N'timbo (LP: Musicanova MUS 002/FP) [12] - track recorded partly with OK Jazz and with Orchestre Sentima [13]

1982Edit

LPs

  • Nguashi N'timbo: Mboyo, Nsala Ngai Nini (LP: Editions JNT Music 001,Paris) [14] - Tracks: Mboyo, osala ngai nini / Na retiré bolingo // Mokolo ekonginda / Bolingo pasi

1983Edit

LPs

  • Nguashi N’timbo et Orchestra Festival du Zaire: Shauri Yako (LP: ASLP 936) - Tracks: Cetoyen (Pts. 1 & 2) / Liwa (Pts. 1 & 2) / Mama (Pts. 1 & 2) // Shauri Yako / Bosomele [15]

Nguashi N’timbo with l'Orchestra Festival of Zaire/ avec l'Orchestre Festival du Zaire: Shauri Yako! (LP: ASLP 936 / Zambia) - Tracks: Shauri Yako I (Ntimbo) / Shauri Yako II (Ntimbo) / Mami I (Stazoya Estha) / Mami II (Stazoya Estha) // Simakala I (Zele Kabambamba) / Simakala II (Zele Kabambamba) / Kabu I (Zele Kabambamba) / Kabu II (Zele Kabambamba) [16]

  • Nguashi Ntimbo and L'Orchestre Sentima présents Citoyen (LP: ASLP 959) - Tracks: Side One: 1. Trop Bon (Mosamba) / 2. Citoyen (Ntimbo) // Side Two: 1. Mama (Kikobo) / 2. Dokotolo (Bebeke) [17]

VideosEdit

1980Edit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Congolese bands in East Africa by Muzikifan/Alastair Johnston, retrieved 9.12.2008
  2. Congo Colossus. The Life and Legacy of Franco & OK Jazz / Graeme Ewans,North Walsham: BUKU, 1994, p. 307
  3. Congolese bands in East Africa by Muzikifan/Alastair Johnston, retrieved 9.12.2008
  4. Apart from Muzikifan's and the Kentanzavinyl information on Nguashi we can't find much about him. Muzikifans information has been taken off as he says it is not certain that Orchestre Festival du Zaire was a group located in Kenya or more probably in Kinshasa. Nguashi's traces disappear already in the 1980s. Actually more and more people remember his melodies (e.g. the comments on his YouTube videos).
  5. Kentanzavinyl, retrieved 20.2.2010
  6. Dial Africa blog, 19.9.2012, 19.9.2012
  7. Franco Restored blog, 4.3.2010, retrieved 20.3.2010
  8. Kentanzavinyl, retieved 19.2.2010
  9. Bana Mojo at Kentanzavinyl, retrieved 20.2.2010
  10. ASL at Kentanzavinyl, retrieved 20.2.2010
  11. ASL at Kentanzavinyl, retrieved 20.2.2010
  12. Afro Slabs blog, 24.6.2009, retrieved 19.2.2010
  13. Congolese bands in East Africa by Muzikifan/Alastair Johnston, retrieved 9.12.2008
  14. Global Groove Blog, 1.2.2011, retrieved 2.2.2011
  15. Matsuli Blog, 22.6.2006, retrieved 19.2.2010
  16. Ghostcapital blog, 2.6.2012, 11.6.2012
  17. Global Groove Blog, 27.5.2011, retrieved 30.5.2011

SourcesEdit

  • Nomad Soul Blog, 11.10.2006, retrieved 19.2.2010
  • You Tube, Manguta (Nguashi Ntimbo) - T.P. O.K. Jazz Télé Zaire 1980, posted by Aboubacar Siddikh, 6. March 2009, retrieved 19.2.2010

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