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ARTIST
TITLE
Bakitani
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1042CD STCD 1042CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/30/2016

1993 release. Bana OK present Bakitani. When the colossus of Congo, Franco Luambo, died in 1989, the great band he had led for more than 30 years, OK Jazz, was of course, devastated. But its members survived their enormous loss and lived to rock another day. Nine of the best of them carried on as Bana OK - "Children of OK" - and sustained the signature tout puissant ("all-powerful") sound of their late master's band. The leader was saxophonist and composer Rondot Kasongo Wa Kasongo, who had long been Franco's right-hand man. Three more of these "children" were veteran guitarists Fan Fan Sesengo, Papa Noel and Thierry Mantuika. And the singers included the female star of the last years of OK Jazz, Baniel Mbambou, and the heartthrob tenor Malage de Lugendo. Bakitani would have made Franco proud.