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Records on Bana Moja turn up quite often, suggesting a widespread distribution system. But the records themselves give away nothing about the company itself: no dates, no PO box number, no copyright information.


Bana Moja, the band, was formed out of members of Orch Veve, led by Jojo Ikomo and Fataka Lokassa, who went to play in Uganda. The band disbanded in 1975 with several members moving to Kenya where they regrouped as Bana Ngenge but only lasted a year before splitting again. Bana Moja, the label, seems to have been created to release Bana Ngenge records and its name outlasted the band.


Proof that even the experts get it wrong sometimes is the fact that Bana 31 is miscatalogued in the British Library National Sound Archive, which lists the song title as Mobandi Pts 1 & 2.

Bana 2        Orch Lipua-Lipua                              Mbondo Pts 1 & 2


Bana 4        Orch Revolo                                     Likomba/Mokili


Bana 5        Orch Bella Mambo Renove                Kalanda Pts 1 & 2


BANA 6       Orch Grand Piza                               Muana Mawa Pts 1 & 2


BANA 7       Orch Grand Piza                              Mayindombe Pts 1 & 2


Bana 8        Orch Empire Bakuba                        Mokili Kalembe Pts 1 & 2


Bana 9        Orch Bana Ngenge                           Lobe-Lobe Pts 1 & 2


Bana 11     Orch Bana Ngenge                            Belinda Pts 1 & 2


Bana 12     Orch Grand Piza                                Mandalala Pts 1 & 2


Bana 13      Orch Bana Ngenge                           Etisomba Pts 1 & 2


Bana 14      Orch Bana Ngenge                          Malanda Pts 1 & 2


Bana 16      Orch Empire Bakuba                        Naleli Pts 1 & 2


Bana 17      Orch Grand Piza                               Napemi Pts 1 & 2


Bana 18      Orch Semi Amor                              Amina/Futa Niongo


Bana 19      Orch Tout Mopia                              Tika Katonga Pts 1 & 2


Bana 20      Orch Festival du Zaire                      Kadioka Pts 1 & 2


Bana 21      Orch Tout Mopia                              Mokili Mayi Ya Buatu Pts 1 & 2


Bana 22      Orch Ezazo                                      Kinshasa Oyo Yayo Pts 1 & 2


Bana 23      Orch Ezazo                                      Mindondo Pts 1 & 2


Bana 24      Orch Ezazo                                      Mokanu Pts 1 & 2


Bana 27      Orch Grand Piza                              Bokila Pts 1 & 2


Bana 28      Orch Grand Piza                              Fouati Pts 1 & 2


Bana 29      Orch Grand Piza                              Naleli Mama Pts 1 & 2


Bana 30      Izile Topoke                                    Butu Pts 1 & 2


Bana 31      Kot-Kot                                          Mbondi Pts 1 & 2


Bana 32      Orch Mazi                                       Bondunba Pts 1 & 2


Bana 33      Les Kinois Band                               Safari Pts 1 & 2


Bana 34      Orch Boma Liwanza Band                Diabaza Pts 1 & 2


Bana 35      Orch Batcha Lokito Band                  Sita Pts 1 & 2



Catalogue       Group                                                       A side/B side                                                  Year

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