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Sam Mangwana, although of Angolan descent, was
born in Kinshasa, where he grew up in an environment which exposed him to music of different
styles. Most influential was the Congolese rumba, a re-africanisation of latin
and caribbean music, extremely popular in the two Congos since colonial times.
Musicians such as le Grand Kallé (Joseph Kabbasele), Dr. Nico,
and Franco were the main pioneers of the new Congolese rumba.
As a teenager, Sam had already penned a couple of songs which he proposed to Tabu Ley Rochereau. Soon he was asked to join Tabu Ley's band, African Fiesta. In 1968, he left the band and formed Festival des Maquisards together with Dizzy Mandjeku. This new band showed unstable and after some production work, he was approached by Franco to join his
He stayed three years with TP OK Jazz, returned briefly to Tabu Ley's, and went finally to Abidjan in 1976. In 1979, he established his own SAM label. His biggest hit was Maria Tebbo in 1982.
His contribution to the Congolese music scene and to African music in general is beyond discussion.
Born: 1945, in Kinshasa, Congo, from Angolan parents
Style: Congolese rumba.
|Patria Querida||2005||Sam Mangwana/Radio Nacional de Angola|
|Cantos de Esperança||2003||Sono CDS 9106|
|The Very Best of 2001||2001||B.Mas BMP00158-2|
|Volume 2: Eyebana 1980/1984||2000||Ngoyarto NG071||Reissue on CD of 1980-84 recordings|
|Volume 1: Bilinga Linga 1968/1969||2000||Ngoyarto NG070||Reissue on CD of 1968-69 recordings|
|Sings Dino Vangu||2000||Stern's STCD 1077|
|Galo Negro||1998||Musidisc 12189-2|
|Georgette Eckins||1996||Stern's STCD 7002 Reissue on CD|
|Maria Tebbo||1995||Stern's STCD 3011 Reissue on CD|
|No Me Digas No||1995||Blue Silver 50396-2 (Distr. Déclic)||Rereleased in 2004 by Créon Music (76167-2)|
|1980/1982 (Co-operation)||1995||Sonodisc CDS 6860 Reissue on CD||With Franco|
|Affaire Video/Matinda||1995||SAM Production SM010 Reissue on CD|
|Rumba Music||1993||Celluloid 66928-2||Also on Stern's STCD 9003|
|Capita General||1990||LP 0020|
|For Ever||1989||Syllart 38775-2||With Franco & TP OK Jazz|
|Lukolo||1989||RMU 850||With Franco|
|In Nairobi||1984||ASLP 409||With l'African All Stars|
|Georgette Eckins||1984||Celluloid CEL 6729||With l'African All Stars|
|Matinda||1983||ASLP 973||With l'African All Stars|
|Bonne Année||1983||SMP 6039||With Lokasso Ya M'Bongo & l'African All Stars|
|N'Simba Eli||1982||Celluloid CEL 6639||With l'African All Stars|
|Affaire Video||1982||Celluloid CEL 6638||With l'African All Stars|
|Coopération||1982||Edipop POP 017||With Franco|
|Maria Tebbo||1982||SAM 002||With l'African All Stars|
|Est-ce que tu moyens?||1981||SMP 6008||With l'African All Stars|
|Affaire Disco||1981||SAM 001 / SMP 6000||With l'African All Stars|
|Matinda||1979||Eddy'son 79391||With l'African All Stars|
|Georgette Eckins||1979||Eddy'son 79390||With l'African All Stars|
|Sam Mangwana with
Thanks to Dolf Motz for his help in compiling this discography.
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