Orchestre Yoka Lokole

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The Yoka Lokole were a soukous musical group from Kinshasa (today's Democratic Republic of the Congo) founded by Papa Wemba and others in 1975, belonging to the family of musical groups known as Clan Langa-Langa. The name "Yoka Lokole", in lingala, means "listen to lokole"; lokole is a traditional drum from the Congo River region. The singers of Yoka Lokole were referred to as Fania All-Stars of Zaire. The Yoka Lokole group was born from a split of the Orchestre Isifi.
In November 1975, Papa Wemba, Mavuela Somo and Bozi Boziana left Isifi due to disagreements with Evoloko Jocker. Two other members of the group followed: Shora Mukoko and percussionist Otis-Koyongonda.
In March 1976, the vocal section of Yoka Lokole (the "Fania All-Stars") was enriched with a new element, Mbuta Mashakado. Shortly afterwards the singer and showman Luambo Issa (from the Orchestre Stukas of Lita Bembo) joined the Yoka Lokole.
In December 1976 Papa Wemba entered into conflict with the duo Mavuela-Mashakado. There followed a dispute over the use of the name "Yoka Lokole" between Wemba (who had promptly enlisted a new formation of musicians) and Mavuela.
In February 1977, Papa Wemba ended the dispute by changing the name of his new group to Viva La Musica. In early 1977, Yoka Lokole lost two members, the Syriana guitarist and drummer Otis Koyongonda, who joined Viva La Musica. In their place came the singer Kanza Bayone (from the Orchestre Kiam), the rhythmic guitarist Sec Bidens and the Gabonese guitarist Bansimba Baroza called "La Gabonnia". The group went into decline and the first to leave was Bozi Boziana along with Gina Efonge who then went to the Zaiko Langa Langa in June. Mashakado in August decided to join Boziana entering the new Zaiko Langa Langa formation.
In December 1978 Mavuela left the group to pursue a solo career in Gabon. Guitarist Sec Bidens became the new director of the group, but gradually disappeared from the scene.
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GO 1040 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Best Of Yoka Lokole Avec Ba Fania All Stars Na Kanaï Kaka album art Yoka Lokole* Best Of Yoka Lokole Avec Ba Fania All Stars Na Kanaï Kaka(CD) Production Gilette-d'or / F.C.Z. GO 1040 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

91273 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Matembele Bangi album art Orch. Yoka Lokole* Matembele Bangi (Single) Parions 91273 France 1976 Sell This Version
91.152 B Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Maloba Ya Bakoko 1 & 2 album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Maloba Ya Bakoko 1 & 2(7", Single, RE) African 91.152 B France 1976 Sell This Version
02 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Mama Wali(7") Time (15) 02 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
Mon.9 Yoka Lokolé* Malabu(7") Moninga Mon.9 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
91.428 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Lisuma Ya Zazu 1 & 2 album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Lisuma Ya Zazu 1 & 2(7", Single, RE) African 91.428 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
DM.1 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Bana Kin album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Bana Kin(7") Domo Production Yoka Lokole DM.1 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
91.429 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Mama Wali 1 & 2 album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Mama Wali 1 & 2(7", Single, RE) African 91.429 France 1976 Sell This Version
91-285 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Soko Dikondo 1 & 2 album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Soko Dikondo 1 & 2(7") African 91-285 France 1976 Sell This Version
TIM 01 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Lisuma Ya Zazu(7") Time (15) TIM 01 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
8 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Pesa Nzoto Kilo 1 & 2 album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Pesa Nzoto Kilo 1 & 2(7", Single, RE) Moninga 8 Zaire 1976 Sell This Version
91 501 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Nounou album art Orch: Yoka Lokole* Nounou Editions Veve 91 501 France 1977 Sell This Version
VV.246 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Testament(7") Editions Veve VV.246 Zaire 1977 Sell This Version
VV.266 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Veva album art Orchestre Yoka Lokole Veva(7") Editions Veve VV.266 Zaire 1977 Sell This Version
SC.19 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Yo Na Ngambo album art Yoka Lokole* Yo Na Ngambo(7") Super-Contact SC.19 Zaire 1977 Sell This Version
91 479, 91.479 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Mandolina 1 & 2 album art Orch: Yoka-Lokole* Mandolina 1 & 2(7", RE) African, African 91 479, 91.479 France 1977 Sell This Version
91.529 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Testament 1 & 2 album art Orch : Yoka Lokole* Testament 1 & 2(7", Single) African 91.529 France 1977 Sell This Version
VV.247-N Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Yolozi  album art Orch. Yoka Lokole* Yolozi (7") Editions Veve VV.247-N Zaire 1977 Sell This Version
BON 7 Orchestre Yoka Lokole - Odia / Sela album art Orch. Lokole* Odia / Sela(7") Edition Bonga BON 7 Kenya 1977 Sell This Version
VV 266 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Moseka(7") Editions Veve VV 266 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version
VV 265 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Diana(7") Editions Veve VV 265 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version
VV-264 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Anata(7") Editions Veve VV-264 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version
VV.256 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Tubela(7", Single, RE) Editions Veve VV.256 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version
VV 263 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Kiri(7") Editions Veve VV 263 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version
VV 262 Orchestre Yoka Lokole Moziki(7") Editions Veve VV 262 Zaire 1978 Sell This Version