“Bavon Marie Marie Accompagne Par Jules Celestin And L’Orchestre Vox-Action” by Bavon Marie Marie - album review

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TJR says

The younger brother of Franco Luambo Makiadi, one of Africa’s greatest musical icons, Bavon Luambo Siongo (more commonly known as Bavon Marie Marie) learnt to play the guitar before running away from home, ignoring his mother’s and Franco’s disapproval in 1961 at the age of 17. Like the prodigal son, he returned home to Léopoldville, present day Kinshasha, and immediately begun playing for Orchestre Jamel, then a group of young musicians.

With whichever band he played with, Bavon was the star attraction. He was obsessed with his looks, which saw him use eyeliner and skin lightening creams. He was also flamboyant, a typical superstar, whilst a disciplined musician who concentrated on his work.

In the early hours of August 5, 1970, a tragic road accident took away the life of the 25-year-old. Bavon was in the car arguing with a woman later to be known as Marie Jose Simplicite over custody of their son, Aime Siongo. As a result, Bavon, who was driving, did not notice the incoming truck which they rammed into. Bavon died on the spot while Marie survived with broken legs.

n.b. The Ngoma J 33 LPs (001 to 015) were issued between 1967-1971. J 33 011 (Verckys et son Ensemble) has a published date of 1970. This Bavon Marie Marie LP (J 33 12) refers to his death in August 1970 on the back sleeve bio. On the balance of probability I therefore take a guess that it was issued in 1971.

The Jukebox Rebel
11-Aug-2014

A1 [04:07] 5.7.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Batela Moana (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
A2 [03:55] 6.4.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Sala Lokola Mobali (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
A3 [04:14] 6.6.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Succes Ya Ba Ndombe (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
A4 [03:54] 5.0.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Embembe Ya Mbua (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
A5 [04:22] 4.9.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Hélé (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
B1 [04:15] 5.6.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Honisa Tika Ndoki (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
B2 [04:54] 4.3.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Laissez Gina (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
B3 [03:49] 4.6.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Gaspy L’amoule (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
B4 [04:40] 4.6.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Correa Suzanne (Bavon Marie Marie) Africana
B5 [03:56] 7.6.png Bavon Marie Marie accompagne par Jules Celestin and L’orchestre Vox-Action - Ba Famille Bakoti (Bavon Marie Marie) Cerebral Pop




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