The classic orchestral music of the Congo was linked to the modern sounds of the rumba by Thu Zahina. Inspired by the music of Franco's TPOK Jazz and Tabu Ley's Africa Jazz, the group took a further step towards contemporary music. Formed by college students (aged 17 to 19), Thu Zahina was encouraged by older students, studying in Belgium, who had formed a band, Los Nickelos, in 1966. The group's sound featured vocalists Abeli Kelly, Dennis and Bruno Bonyome, Biluala Hendryx, Juslin, Dizzy, and Frank accompanied by bassist, composer, and arranger Gege Yoka Mangaya, guitarist Roxy Thsampaka, and drummer Zicozaco. Although the band was together for only six years, their influence remains strong. Following the group's disbanding, Mangaya went on to play with OK Jazz and Zaiko Langa Langa while Thsampaka went on to perform with Zaiko Langa Langa and Choc Stars.
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