Werrason & Wenge Maison Mère
(Congo-Kinshasa)

Djembe
Biography
Wenge Musica was formed in 1981 by Didier Masela, Aimé Bwanga, Werrason and Alain Mwanga. The young outfit played modern soukous music inspired by Viva la Musica and Zaiko Langa Langa. Singers like J.B. M'Piana, Blaise Bula and Marie-Paul Kambulu joined later.

In the early 1990s, Wenge Musica split between two factions, Wenge Musica BCBG and Wenge Musica Aile Paris (Paris-wing). At the end of the 1990s, a third Wenge offshoot, Wenge Musica Maison Mère was formed, with Werrason as lead singer after a split up with J.B. M'Piana's BCBG. The success followed immediately, especially with the album « Solola Bien! ».

Werrason and his band members were successful for their energetic sebenes and génériques and every new album was an important happening for Congolese fans. But despite the success, Wenge Maison Mère also suffered from defections of members, singer Adolphe Dominguez left the band in 2001 to create Wenge Tonya Tonya. In 2004, prominent members such as Bill Kalonji "Bill Clinton" and "Chair de poule" Hervé Ferre Gola, Mulopwe "Jus d'été" and Serge Mabiala left and created a new, but shortlived outfit Les Marquis de Maison Mère.

Subsequently, Werra Son had to recrute new singers to replace those who left. New singers are Bonbon Kojack, Eboa Lotin, Jitrois and Capuccino. New animators are KeneKene and Roi David and new on guitar are Thierry Mogratana, Polystar and Michel. They first appeared on the single « Alerte générale ».
Since, the personnel changes have continued and even some of these newcomers were already dismissed or left to join other bands or to try a solo career.


Musicians on "Solola Bien!":
Werrason Ngiama Makanda, Adolphe Dominguez (Elongo Lodi), Lacos Tshienda, Baby Ndombe, Serge Mabiala, Adjani Sesele, Ferre Gola Batarigue : vocals;
Ali Mbonda "Main de fer" : percussion;
Japonnais Maladi, Flamme Kapaya : guitar;
Didier Massela : bass;
Celeo No. 1, Bill Kalonji "Bill Clinton" : animation (atalaku);
Guest musicians:
Dju Dju Shet (drums), Guy N'Sangue (bass) & Philippe Guez (keyboards).



Wenge Maison Mère is created: as a third off-shoot of Wenge Musica, in 1997
Werrason is born: as Ngiama Makanda Noel, 25 december 1965, in Bandundu
Style: Modern Congolese music, soukous, ndombolo, Congolese rumba
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Discography
Title Year Label Remarks
Flèche Ingeta 2014 Mpova Music 4X4 3 CD
Education 2013 Limba Kamo Maxi-single CD
Diata Bawu 2011 ML Production CD & DVD (Sponsored by Bralima/Primus)
Techno Malewa - Suite & Fin vol.1 2011 Diego Music 2 CD
Techno Malewa - sans cesse vol.1 2009 Diego Music CD
Temps présent - Maya Ya Sika vol.2 2008 Duo D'Enfer CD/DVD
Temps présent - Maya Ya Sika vol.1 2008 Duo D'Enfer CD/DVD
Sous Sol 2006 Diego Music DVD plus CD-maxi-single
Concert unique (Live en Europe CH) 2006 Manu Luvaku Live CD, also available as DVD
Témoignage 2005 Sonima SMCD 1645 2 CD, solo album Werrason
Alerte générale 2004 Ets. Ndiaye DVD plus CD-single (4 tracks)
Tindika Lokito 2004 DVD plus CD-single
A la queue leu leu 2002 JPS Production CDJPS 234 2 CD
Kibuisa Mpimpa / Opération Dragon 2001 JPS Production CDJPS 132 2CD, solo album Werrason
Terrain Eza Mine 2000 Ets. Ndiaye ND 091 Remixed version of Force d'intervention rapide
Live au Palais des Sports 2000 Saga/ Les Elues DKCM 102 Live album
Bercy 2000: Le Live du Millénaire 2000 JPS Production CDJPS 102 Live album
Solola Bien ! 1999 JPS Production CDJPS 047
Force d'intervention rapide 1999 Ets. Ndiaye ND 063

Sources
fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenge_Maison_Mere [external link]
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