The Congolese paid this wednesday a last tribute to Edo Nganga, an icon of rumba music who died on june 7 at age of 87 following an illness.
Edo Nganga was a songwriter and musician artist. He was co-founder of the Ok jazz orchestras of Democratic Republic of Congo, Negro jazz and the Bantous of the Capital of Congo Brazzaville.
In 1956, he will found himself on the other side of the Congo river to record in Leopoldville , the first albumof the group. Arrived in Belgian Congo he will be requested by the Loninguisa record. He will meet Franco Luambo Makiadi and Vicky Longomba also know as Verckys.
Together they will compose songs which they will record on behalf of the Ok jazz.
In 1958, with these harassments by the immigration services who demanded identity document , Edo Nganga and other Congolese from Brazzaville like Jean Serge Essou and Pandi who were in the Rocka Mambo of Essengo edition will leave Leopoldville to return to brazzaville. In Brazzaville the Bantous of the Capital orchestra was automatically born on august 15, 1959 at Faignand's Poto-Poto.
There followed a great journey for the orchestra which will eventually explode accross the world.
Edo Nganga was decorated in 2019 to rank of commander in the Congolese order merit by the Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso in honor of the 60 years of the Bantous of the Capital, the most popular orchestra in Congo Brazzaville.