Bana Maquis

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One of Africa's most popular young dance bands, Bana Maquis is an offshoot of Maquis du Zaire, also known as Orchestre Maquis Original, a group that dominated Tanzania's music scene in the '70s and '80s.…
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One of Africa's most popular young dance bands, Bana Maquis is an offshoot of Maquis du Zaire, also known as Orchestre Maquis Original, a group that dominated Tanzania's music scene in the '70s and '80s. The band featured ex-Orchestre Maquis Original bandmates Tshimanga Assosa, Mutombo Lufungala, Issa Nundu, Ilunga Banza, Kaumba Kalemba, and Ngoie Mubenga. Bana Maquis has continued to build on the momentum of their impressive 1996 debut album, Leila; www.thepothole.com called them "beyond doubt, the hottest new band to emerge from the Tanzanian pop scene recently." Bana Maquis' Kinshasa-born lead vocalist Tshimanga Assosa first attracted attention as a member of late-'60s band Negros Succes, which featured Franco's brother, Bavon Marie-Marie, on guitar. One of the few bands to rival the popularity of Franco's group O.K. Jazz, Negros Succes disbanded following the death of Marie-Marie in 1970. Relocating to East Africa, Assosa temporarily settled in the Shaba Province, where he helped form Maquis du Zaire. Together with the band, Assosa moved to Dar es Salaam in 1972.