Orchestra Bella Bella is a classic Congolese rumba group from the 1970s and 80s. They were formed in 1969 by the late Soki Vangu (Maxim Soki) and Soki Dianzenza (Emile Soki). The younger Soki brother, Emile, was only 16 at the time.
They went on to make many recordings during the early 1970s, playing alongside other rumba orchestras in the Zaire scene like Orchestre African Music and Orchestre Lipwa-Lipwa. Pepe Kalle was one of their most well-known members, joining the band in 1972 for a brief stint. Future Congolese stars Kanda Bongo Man and Diblo Dibala also played with Bella Bella in the early 80s.
ps- Thanks again, Alex, for the wonderful music.congo, rumba