This post contains not one, but two of my favourite albums from a Congolese group in East Africa.
Started in Kamina (Katanga province, Congo) in 1963 as Rocken Success, through Rocken Band (Lubumbashi, 1964), Super Gaby (Likasi, 1965- 1967), Super Theodore (back in Kamina, 1967) and a few more, the band members in February 1972 voted to become Chimbuiza Chinsense la Maquis du Zaire, which a few months later when they set off for what was supposed to be a tour of East Africa (but from which they never returned) was shortened to Maquis du Zaire.
You can read more about the band in Werner Graebner's notes of the "Muziki wa Dansi" CD. And if you want to read more about Congolese bands in East Africa or East African music in general the sites of Alastair Johnston (muzikifan) and Doug Patterson (eastafricanmusic) are essential.
To me it is one of the great mysteries of African music that these two albums from 1982 have never been re-released in digital form. These two lps are just bursting with energy and power!
Maquis has a turbo rhythm section, great horns and some of the very best Franco-like guitars, especially in "Masua", "Bondela Moninga", and in that killer track "Sérieux Ya Mukoko".
As far as I am concerned the two records don't have weaker tracks....
Unfortunately I don't have copies of the sleeves. So I am borrowing this picture of a single from the same "Edition Omaco" record label.
EDIT: Cheeku has provided us with a copy of the sleeve of one of the two lp's (originally from Matt at Matsuli's - who by the way has posted some great east african 45s).
Here is the front and here the back.
And thanks David from Ambiance Congo for a copy of the same sleeve!
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