Bavon Marie Marie & le Negro Succes
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Bavon Marie Marie was the younger brother of the great Franco.
In his short life, he became, at least in Kinshasa, a well-known guitar player and band leader in the second half of the 1960s.
Often compared with Franco, his way of guitar playing sounded very much like his older brother, but he played in a different style,
slightly more funky and uptempo. He was popular and an idol among a younger public compared to his brother. His flamboyant
way of life, and his excessive skin bleaching was part of his life style.
Bavon Marie Marie had played in a few bands, among them Cubana Jazz (together with singer Bumba Massa), and Orchestre Jamel, before he joined Le Négro Succès where he became the lead guitarist. Négro Succès had been formed in 1960 by Vicky Longomba, himself former member of Franco's OK Jazz. Other members were Leon "Bholen" Bombolo and singer Hubert "Djeskin" Dihunga, both from OK Jazz, further there were sax player André Menga, rhythm guitarist Jean Dinos, singer Gaspard "Gaspy" Luwowo, bassist Alphonse 'Le Brun" Epayo, and drummer Samy Kiadaka.
After Vicky Longomba made up with Franco and he went back to OK Jazz, Léon Bholen became the leader of Negro Succès and together with Bavon Marie Marie they were idols of the late 1960s. Over the years, besides Bavon Marie Marie, saxophonist Empompo, vocalist Zozo Amba and second saxophonist Moro Maurice had joined the band, probably all in or around 1964. At the end of the 60s, Tshimanga Assosa, who would later go to Tanzania to join Maquis Original, and a young Nyboma were also part of Négro Succès for a short period, until the untimely death of Bavon Marie Marie.
|Franco & Bavon: La légende des 2 frères vol.2||2006||WAM Productions|
|Franco & Bavon: La légende des 2 frères vol.1||2006||WAM Productions|
|Bavon Marie Marie Forever - vol.2||2005||Esselta 2051 / Atoll Distribution 8948 AT 900|
|La Légende du Congo vol.1: Libanga Na Libumu||2004||Esselta 2044 / Atoll Distribution 9081 AT 900|
|Bholen & Bavon Marie Marie: Lucie Tozongana||1997||Sonodisc CD36583|
|Bholen & Bavon Marie Marie: Mabe Ya Mbila||1997||Sonodisc CD36575|
|Orchestre Negro Succes 1967-1968-1969||1996||Ngoyarto NG023|
|Bavon Marie Marie et le Negro Succes Vol. 1||1996||Gefraco CD009|
|L’Intrépide Bavon Marie Marie & L’Orchestre Negro Succes||1970||African 360.023||LP|
|Les merveilles du passé: Orchestre Negro Succes||1970||African 360.013||LP|