www.kennedy-center.org give the following informations: Born in Matadi, Congo, Samba Mapangala moved to Kinshasa in the early 1970s, to pursue his secondary education. Inspired by legendary Congolese vocalists Tabu Ley Rochereau and Soki Dianzenza, it was there that Samba began his singing career. Samba's early years included stints in the groups Bariza, Super Bella Bella and Super Tukina. It was while touring in Eastern Congo in 1975 that Samba and other musicians separated from Bikassy Bijos' Orchestra Saka Saka. Recruited by a Ugandan promoter, Samba and his comrades set up camp in Kampala. There, they formed Les Kinois, with Samba as lead vocalist. In 1977, Les Kinois shifted their base to Nairobi, where they made their first recordings on 7" vinyl with Melodica Records. Hits like the original Malako, Sunday, Christmas and Sigana Mar Anyango rang out over the airwaves.
Les Kinois Malako - 1 (Samba-Mapangala) / Malako - 2 (Samba-Mapangala) 7" editions Les Kinois LK 001 Lingala Kabalagala (Made in Kenya) (download)
I think Orchestre Sosoliso was the backing band for Trio Madjesi. musiques-afrique.com writes more about Trio Madjesi: The individual members of the trio had earned their fame in other bands. Marcel Loko Massengo's career began in Jamel National, and continued through Négro Succès, Vox Africa and Orchestre Vévé. The other two members, Mario Mabele and Saak Sakoul (also written as Saak Saakul) equally left Orchestre Vévé to form Trio Madjesi. After the first years of success throughout Africa, their fame faded. There were some attempts to continue the saga, but without great success.
Kenda Zunga (Akuda) / Lomeka (Loko Massengo)
7" ASL ASL 7-1163 (P) 1974 Phonogram Limited (Made in East Africa) (download)
I think Orchestre Sosoliso was the backing band for Trio Madjesi. musiques-afrique.com writes about Trio Madjesi: Trio Madjesi was for a few years the hottest act in Zaire of the early 1970s. Madjesi, a composition of Mario Matadidi Mabele, Loko Massengo "Djeskain" and Saak "Sinatra" Sakoul, the three prominent members of the band, made a joyful mix of Zairean music and soul music in the style of the then so popular James Brown. Their costumes and appearance were James Brown-inspired and their lyrics and overall approach full of humour. Their song "Sex Madjesi", on the album "Trio Madjesi volume 1" renamed in "Sosoliso na Sosoliso", is an excellent example of their style, with that rolling rhythm lead by the guitars, with James Brown inspired licks.
Orchestre Sosoliso (Bidunda-dunda)
Sex Madjesi Pt.1 (Matadidi Mabele) / Sex Madjesi Pt.2 (Matadidi Mabele)
7” ASL ASL 7-1118 Lingala (P) 1973 Phonogram Limited (Made in East Africa) (download)
Orchestre T.P.Ok-Jazz existed from 1956 until 1993. During their existence the band had some 80 members including Sam Mangwana, Franco Luambo and Tabu Ley Rochereau. This was one of the biggest band from Zaire/Kongo, so no need to say more.
Ye Baboyaka Ye (Luambo Makiadi) / Lufua Lua Nkandi (Sam Mangwana)
7" Les Editions Populaires EP 144 (P) 1973 (download)