Bakolo Music International


A song composed by Gérard Lavigny
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  • country:Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
  • region:Central Africa
  • style(s):Afro, Rumba
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, jazz combo, salsa and latin band
  • artist submitted by:Vu Prod.

Line up

  • Bikunda Nzofu Buele (Guitar)
  • Bulantulu Ndangi (Drums)
  • Emile Biayenda (Percussions)
  • Jocelyn Balu (Voice)
  • Landu Milandu (Bass Guitar)
  • Michel Missy (Guitar lead)
  • Paul Mayena (Saxophone)
  • Willy Makonzo (Voice)


Bakolo Music International, the “Music Masters” is the oldest group of roots Congolese Rumba in Kinshasa. In 1948, in Leopoldville singer Antoine “Wendo” Kolosoyi formed a group he called Victoria Kin. They recorded numerous 78 r.p.m. discs for the famous Ngoma Label Records, one of the first studio in Kinshasa. The group became later “Victoria Bakolo Miziki” and then “Bakolo Miziki International” under President Mobotu. In 1999, they came back on stage with Wendo Kolosoy re-discovered by Christian Mousset, and did several world tour until the death of Wendo in 2008. His group remained faithfull to his memory and continued to compose new songs. In 2016, they recorded a single “Ngange” (sorcerer) and they plan to realise a full album in 2017. Two films about their lives were produced in 1993 (Tango Ya Ba Wendo, Mirko Popovitch & Kwami Mambu ZINGA) and 2007 (On the Rumba River – Wendo, Jacques Sarasin) and a third film is going to be produced in 2017 as the third chapter of the trilogy.
The group presents the original roots Rumba atmosphere from the 50's in Kinshasa (DRCongo). They are telling the adventurous stories of a group of old friends who are still playing and composing old rumbas together after having gone through all the good and worst life experiences (extreme poverty, decolonization, sickness, war but also love, success and friendship).