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Friday, April 30, 2010

Two Rare 45's

It has been some time since we posted something so here are two 45's we aquired recently with the aid of gratefully received donations from two visitors to our site. Without these donations we wouldn't have been able to purchase these rare items.

The first is an EP from 1965 credited to Brazzos et O.K. Jazz, it is a Pathé Marconi release labelled EMF 314

These are very rare tracks never released on CD. Two of the tracks were only ever released on this EP. The first two appeared as a single on the HMV release Loningisa 1058. We don't have composers for the tracks and presume they were composed by Brazzos.

We like this EP a lot, there are some interesting variations on the standard OK Jazz sound of this time including a nice bluesy bend in Franco's guitar on Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo. The cover of the copy we acquired was quite badly damaged so our apologies for that.

Side A

Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo

Mokili Mobongwani

Side B

Cuidado Cona Mallo

Aya Yo Ozui

The second 45 we have is a single from 1970 with two great tracks. It was released on the African label and it is labelled African 90.485 with an extra label of Epanza-Makita 117. This seems to be an ultra-rare release as there is no mention of it on the online discographies of Ok Jazz.

We particularly like the second track 'Bisenga Senga' which is a composition of the great Mose Fan Fan

Side A

Mathieu Togongana (Checain)

Side B

Bisenga Senga (Fan Fan)

If you enjoyed these rarities please consider donating something to our cause so we can acquire more wonderful rare OK Jazz music like this.


  1. "Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo" (also: "Tscha Tscha Tscha Del Zombo") and "Mokili Mobongwani" were released as Loningisa 202 in 1957, and "Cuidado Gona Mallo" and "Ata Y'Ozui" as Loningisa 211 in 1958. All 4 tracks were composed by Brazzos.

    "Mathieu Tozongana" was released on Sonodisc CD 36572. Sonodisc credits the song to Youlou Mabiala. Does the label mention Chécain as the composer?
    The B-side is indeed unique. In general few of the O.K. Jazz tracks with Fanfan appear to have survived.

  2. Thanks for that information. The song you call 'Mathieu Tozongana" is spelled slightly differently on the record we have. It's called 'Mathieu Togongana" and it is credited to Chécain on the label. The record we have may be more reliable than Sonodiscs CD notes.

  3. Very nice; I have been enjoying these. Thanks!

  4. @Kasongo: Me, I don't call the song "Mathieu Tozongana", but Sonodisc does. I always have doubts about the titles and credits on Sonodisc CD's...

  5. Hello, thank you for posting these rare singles. Are they still online - I can't get these links to work

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