Following are some recommended
recordings (mostly recently released CDs) featuring Bozi Boziana at
different stages of his career
Bozi with ZaÔko Langa Langa:-
Diana ya Mama - 1976/77/78 (CD release - NG018)
Great new compilation of rare old ZaÔko tracks featuring Bozi.
Clan Langa Langa - Bilombe Bakutani (CD release
- FDB 300234) Contains the superb ZaÔko
album "Tangi/Avis" featuring vocalists Evoloko, Bozi, Chekedan & Míbuta
Mashakado backed by Manuaku, Djo Mali and Ilo Pablo. Also includes all
of the classic "Trio Nyo-Bi-We" session (Nyoka Longo, Bimi Ombale and
La Guerre des Stars (CD release - EPP 14)
Another classic "nzong-zing"
(super-session) from the mid eighties between Esperant, Wemba, Bozi and
Lita Bembo. Two bonus tracks are the early Anti-Choc hit "Motambo" and a
ZaÔko Langa Langa (CD release - FDB 300241)
CD issue of the "Oldies and Goodies
1974-1978" LP with three extra tracks.
Bozi with Langa Langa Stars:-
Langa Langa Stars will be the subject of a
Bozi with Choc Stars:-
La Belle Epoque (CD release - Ngapy 404091)
Bozi material with Choc Stars (circa 1984).
Bozi with Anti Choc:-
Le Grand Pere Bozi de LíAnti-Choc - La Reine de
Sabah (LP - KL016 , CD release CBC CD 15))
Late eighties LP with Joly Detta singing La Reine de Sabah and Betheleem
two Anti-Choc anthems.
Bozi Boziana, La Princesse Deesse and Anti-Choc
- Doukoure (LP - Ngapy 0988) During the
late eighties Bozi teamed Joly Detta and Deesse and came up with one of
my favourite Anti-Choc sessions. In addition to the fabulous vocal
combination this disc has Ngouma Lokitoís best "up-front" bass playing.
Le Grand Pere Bozi-Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Ba
Bokilo (LP - 0901B, CD release- CDMA 4048)
Another brilliant teaming of Joly Detta and Deesse.
Features "Ba Bokilo" (the beautiful family) and Dodolyís "Lelo
Makambo-Lobi Makambo (Wabelo Rango)" (problems today, problems
Bozi Boziana, Joly Detta and Deesse & LíAnti-Choc
- Zongela Ngai (LP - AMG 001) Zongela
Ngai (Come back to me), 1989 and possibly Deesseís finest moment so far
as she lets rip " La Sirene", with Dodolyís dazzling guitar work and
Wallyís dance animation "Salam Alekoum/Lipapa ya Wara".
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Concert a la
Mutualite de Paris (LP - MA 4038) One
of the better releases that featured a substitute female voice. This
time Thiza Lamounguena joins Bozi and Wally and proves her worth. Great
creative use of keyboard in a genre that does not usually cope well with
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Dansez Nza Wissa
(LP MA4040) Boziís discovery of Scola
Miel took the band into the nineties with the new dance sensation "Nza
Wissa" . It also presented a hot new female vocal duo Scola and Deesse.
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - LíAvenir (LP - FDB
With Deesse having ducked out in 1991 to pursue her solo career Bozi
re-invented his female duo by discovering Betty Bis to sing and dance
alongside Scola. Rigo Star sits in to play solo and co-arrange with Bozi.
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Coupe Monte (CD
release - FDB 300108)
Bozi, Wally, Scola and Betty backed by Dodoly and
Aspro on solo guitar with accompaniment from Rigo Star and Manglotaís
bass. One of the bandís most successful recordings.
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - 7e Anniversaire
(CD release - FDB 300005)
1993 and another consistently high quality and
Bozi Boziana - Ma Raison díEtre (CD release -
JM 91083) A hot 1994 session with the
band in dynamic dance mode and proving that they could still cut it even
without Dodoly and Wally Ngonda in the line-up. Solo guitar this time
from Burkina-Faso and this disc introduces a new singer Mimi Dance (Mimi
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti Choc Stars - Ba Mere ya
Circuit (CD release - CD 61405) I hated
this at first as Bozi replaced the customary dazzling guitar interplay
with three synth keyboards. However my own bias against the use of
electric keyboard in Congolese music (I did once consider strongly
advising Mobutu himself to decree that Congolese groups should be barred
from their use) was eventually overcome by repeated listening and by the
gradual appreciation of the sensitive use of Boziís plaintive voice
backed by another of my favourite singers, Djenga Ka Ye Mei "Esperant",
formerly a colleague of Boziís in Langa Langa Stars. This was probably
Esperantís final recording before his sad death in February 1995. Also
includes the voice of Betty and production/keyboards from OK Jazz
associate JB Nsamela.
Bozi Boziana - Les Yeux dans les Yeux (CD
release - MUS 1004) Another subtle
subdued set with less emphasis on keyboard than "Ba mere ya circuit".
The band is intact here with three guitarists combining tastefully with
one keyboard. A beautiful vocal performance here with Betty and Mi-Flo
in fine form.
Bozi-Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Pere Noel
Confiance (FDB 300271)
Christmas 95/New Year 96, Scola has returned to
Anti-Choc, and this highly anticipated disc does not disappoint. Mixture
of composers with two songs from Bozi, two from Scola and one each from
Sadico, Micha, Deo, Koffi and Lapino. The band had spent the best part
of 1995 in Europe with concerts receiving mixed attendance from the
notoriously fickle Congolese audience and yet they still managed to
record a classic album. Introduces the new dance "Kizunga Nzunga" and
features a return appearance by Rigo Star.
Bozi Boziana & LíAnti-Choc - Mbanzi ya
Gamundele (Gefraco MC 003)
The latest to hit the marketplace (summer 1996)
catches Anti-Choc before the death of Fifi Mofude and before the
defection of bass guitarist and chef díorchestre Sadico, veteran
vocalist Koffi Alibaba, soloist Micha Brown, and drummer Trocadero
Pablo. Another fine release in which Bozi, far from hogging centre
stage, gives the girls another opportunity to take some of the lead
vocals. Whilst it has always been a fact that in the past Deesse was THE
female voice of Anti-Choc and all the subsequent females were merely
dancers who sang back-up it has now become evident that each of the
remaining girls has finally found their voice. Whilst Scola is absent
(this was recorded in 1994 while she was with Koffi Olomide) this disc
goes a long way to confirm that the spectacularly lively Betty Bis is
now also a great singer as well as being one of the Congoís most
animated dancers. All songs composed by Bozi.