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Nyboma Mwan'dido (or Muan'dido), often simply Nyboma (b. 1952), a prominent Congolese soukous singer, has been a leading member of several outstanding bands over a fifty-year span, including Orchestre Lipua Lipua, Orchestre Les Kamale, Les Quatre Etoiles, and Kekele, in addition to performing and recording as a solo artist. He is widely recognized as one of the best singers in Congolese music.


He was born on 24 December 1952 in what at the time was the Belgian Congo, later the Republic of the Congo and Zaire, and is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.[1] Nyboma learned to sing as a child in Nioki, 200 km north east of the capital, in the church choir.[2] He sang in the school chorus when his family moved to Kinshasa while he was still in primary school.[3]

He joined his first band, Baby National, as a professional singer in 1969 at the age of eighteen and later moved to Negro Succès until Bavan Marie-Marie, Franco's brother, died.[4][5] He then signed with Editions Veve record label owned by Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta (a soukous recording artist and producer/financier, composer, saxophonist, and band leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo). He joined the band Orchestre Bella-Bella in 1972, when it was part of Verckys's stable of artists, until 1973 when its founders left Verckys and Editions Veve.[6] Nyboma then formed and sang with the band Orchestre Lipua Lipua, or Lipua Lipua (another of the various bands under the Verckys's Editions Vévé label) from its founding in 1973 until his departure in 1975.[7][1] He sang on Orchestre Lipua Lipua's hit "Kamale;" reportedly that name came from a friend of Nyboma's attempt to pronounce the French word "camarade."[8] In 1975 he became the leader of Orchestre Kamale, under the Editions Veve record label; the group was established by Verckys using some members of Orchestre Lipua Lipua. Orchestre Kamale split up in 1978 when Assosa and Mulembu left to create Fuka Fuka. The Orchestre Kamale vestige was renamed Les Kamale with Nyboma at the helm. In the 1970s, Les Kamale was a popular danceband with their hits "Salanga" and "Afida na ngai." In 1979 Nyboma was drafted into African All-Stars in Togo, after the bands' founder Sam Mangwana had left. In 1981 Nyboma recorded one of his biggest hits “Double Double” with his new band which he named Les Kamale Dynamiques Du Zaire. The supergroup Les Quatre Etoiles which he founded with three other leading soukous musicians, Bopol, Syran Mbenza, and Wuta Mayi, recorded and toured, between its members' other projects, from 1982 to 1996. In 1983-84, he recorded another three albums under the name Les Kamale Dynamiques Du Zaire. In 2000 he formed the group Kékélé with another group of outstanding musicians.

Nyboma has worked with many musical greats from Congo, from Pepe Kalle and others in Empire Bakuba, to Koffi Olomide and his counterparts in Les Quatre Etoiles: Bopol, Syran and Wuta Mayi.

Nyboma’s album Anicet was produced by Ibrahim Sylla, and his signature is evident from the polished, multi-layered songs in the album—including a song in which Nyboma pays tribute to Malcolm X (in a song of the same title) and to Pan-Africanism in a song entitled Abissina.

Several of his albums are collaborations with Pepe Kalle, Madilu Système, Kamale, Lokassa Ya Mbongo, and others.


Solo records[edit]

  • Les Editions Vévé présentent l'Orchestre Kamale & son célèbre chanteur Nyomba (1977)
  • Innovation, vol. 6 (Nyboma & Bovi) (1980)
  • Innovation, vol. 7 (Nyboma & Bovi) (1981)
  • Innovation, vol. 8 (Nyboma & Bovi & Kilalo) (1982)
  • Double Double (1982)
  • De De (Nyboma & Le Kamale Dynamiques) (1982)
  • Pepe (Nyboma & Le Kamale Dynamiques) (1983)
  • Deception Motema (Bopol Mansiamina & Nyboma Mwan'Dido) (1984)
  • Coeur a Coeur (Nyboma & Kamale Dynamique) (1983)
  • Bandona (Nyboma & Les Kamale) (1985)
  • Pepe Kalle & Nyboma (1986)
  • Zouke Zouke (1986)
  • Moyibi (Pepe Kalle & Nyboma) (1988)
  • Stop Feu Rouge - Voisin (Nyboma & Madilu) (1989)
  • Hommage À Emoro (Les Etoiles du Zaire: Pepe Kalle, Nyboma, Bopol) (1992)
  • Anicet (1994 or 1995)[10]
  • Lipwa Lipwa De Nyboma (1997)

As a band member[edit]

  • Soukouss Force One, Asipo (1998)


  1. ^ a b c Bessem, Frank. "Nyboma". Musiques d'Afrique. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ Stewart, p. 178
  3. ^ Stewart, p. 178
  4. ^ Stewart, p. 178
  5. ^ Stapleton, p. 179
  6. ^ "The School of Verckys". Likembe (blog). Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ "One Look at Lipua Lipua". Classic Ambiance: Franco and Pepe Kalle Flashback:. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  8. ^ Johnston, Alastair. "Verckys & Veve: a critical discography". Muzikfan. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Discographie: Nyboma". Adromix. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=STCD1064


  • Chris Stapleton; Chris May (1987). African rock: the pop music of a continent. Dutton. ISBN 978-0-525-48554-4.
  • Gary Stewart (2000). Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos. Verso. ISBN 1-85984-368-9.

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