stino Stino Mubi Matadi - Joined Viva La Musica in 1984. Although Stino had no previous musical experience, he was encouraged to audition for Viva by friends. After integration in the band, Stino accompanied Wemba and Viva during 1986's Japan tour. When Papa Wemba moved to Paris in 1987, Stino integrated into Rumba Ray, with whom he played live and recorded. In late 1987, Stino moved to Paris where he rejoined Viva. He also accompanied Papa Wemba on concerts in UK and USA as an early member of Molokai International. Stino released his first Viva-backed solo LP, Femme Sans Bijoux, in 1989. Stino remained with Viva post the 1992 (Nouvelle Génération) split, releasing his second solo LP, Romeo and Juliet, in 1994. His third solo LP, Invitation, appeared in 1998. After recording a shared album with viva co-vocalist Reddy Amisi, Stino quit Viva La Musica - Cour des Grands in late 2001 to form his own Paris based orchestra.
reddy Reddy Amisi - Joined Viva La Musica in 1982 (post the Victoria Eleison split) when, after being introduced to Wemba by Koffi Olomide, he was integrated into the band's new line-up. Early compositions include the 1983 hit, 'Kotida', and the1985 hit ,'Lize Paridis'. In 1986, Reddy travelled to Japan with Wemba and Viva. In 1987 he accompanied Wemba on move to Paris. Reddy was also chosen to accompany Wemba as an early member of Molokai International on first UK and USA live dates in 1989. He recorded his first Viva-backed solo LP, Salakeba , in Paris in 1987, then followed this with a second LP, Queen Lina , in 1990. Reddy remained with Viva post 1992 (Nouvelle Génération) split, releasing his third solo LP, Injustice, in 1993. More recent solo LPs include Prudence (1994), Ziggy (1996) and Étoile (1998). Reddy recorded a joint CD with Viva co-vocalist Stino in 2001, and quit Viva returning to Kinshasa, where he has established his own orchestra.
lydjo Pangu Lydjo Kwempa - Vocalist and animateur who joined Viva La Musica from Grand Zaïko Wa Wa in 1982. Lydjo played a key role in the reconstruction of Viva after the 1982 (Victoria Eleison) split through massive hit songs such as 1983's 'Ceci Cela' and 'Muzingile' and 1984's 'Mystique'. He also travelled to Japan with Viva in 1986. After Wemba and Viva relocated to Europe in 1987, Kwempa briefly remained in Kinshasa, joining Bozi Boziana's orchestra Anti Choc. After undertaking a European tour with Anti Choc, Kwempa reunited with Papa Wemba and Viva La Musica in Paris in 1988. In 1992, Kwempa lead the revolt of Viva musicians to form Nouvelle Génération. After two LPs, Lydjo quit Nouvelle Génération in 1994 for a solo career. He released two solo LPs, Le Retour de Grand Samurai (1997) and Cour de Grand (1999), before rejoining Viva La Musica in mid-1999.
luciana Luciana (de Mingongo) Litemo - Known as Luciana 'the voice' due to his accomplished vocal tones, he joined Viva in 1982 (post theVictoria Eleison split). Early compositions included 1983 and 1984 hits, 'Sissi' and 'Alangando'. Luciana travelled to Japan with Wemba and Viva in 1986, and accompanied Wemba on Viva's move to Paris in 1987. He also built a successful solo career as a much in-demand backing singer in the studios of Paris between 1987 and 1992, as well as remaining a core member of Viva La Musica. Luciana quit Viva in 1992 to co-form Nouvelle Génération de la République Démocratique. The first LP of Nouvelle Génération, Zipompa Pompa, featured all six songs composed by Luciana. He continues to work as both a backing singer and a solo artist, also remaining a member of La Nouvelle Génération . Luciana's first solo LP, Aziza, appeared in 1995, where he shares vocals with guest artists Reddy Amisi and Dindo Yogo. His second CD, Feza, followed in late 1999.
Jadot Le Cambodien - See biography in gallery 1
fataki Jose Fataki - Formerly a member of the orchestra Frères ('Brothers') Fataki, he joined Viva La Musica in 1985. Fataki accompanied Viva on the1986 Japanese tour and moved to Paris with Wemba in 1987. In 1992, Fataki quit Viva to co-found orchestra Nouvelle Génération de la République Démocratique. He recorded three LPs with La Nouvelle Génération (the last LP was also his first solo LP, titled Ya Jose) before retiring from the music industry in 1996. Recently reappeared as a religious singer (see Debaba biog above), releasing his first CD with this new direction in 1999.
Gloria Tukhadio - Animateur who joined Viva La Musica in 1984. Continued to work with Viva until the orchestra's 1987 move to Paris, upon which he became integrated in Maray Maray's orchestra, Rumba Ray (see above). Gloria became one of the band's major stars and accompanied Rumba Ray on its 1989 Japan tour. Following the band's dissolution upon its return to Kinshasa, Gloria moved to Paris, where he became reintegrated into Viva La Musica in 1990. His first Viva-backed solo LP was released in 1994, Tenue Correcte. This was followed by a second LP, Gloria Tukhadio - le Grand Chege, in 1996. Gloria is a current member of Viva La Musica - Cour des Grands.
Cele Le Roi - Joined Viva La Musica in 1985 from orchestra Historia Musica in 1985 and accompanied Wemba and Viva La Musica on the 1986 tour of Japan. He remained in Kinshasa after Wemba's 1987 move to Paris, and reintegrated into Viva following the 1992 (Nouvelle Génération) split. Cele has since remained within the band's core members, appearing at most European shows. After recording his composition 'Mississipi' on Papa Wemba's Pole Position LP, Cele returned briefly to Kinshasa, where he performed with Wemba and Nouvelle Écriture. He is currently based in Paris and a member of Viva La Musica - Cour des Grands.
Other vocalists during this period not shown here include: Spraya, Kitho, Fafa de Molokai, Maray-Maray, Ray Toshana, Otis Mandala

Backing musicians between 1983 and 1987 included:

Solo guitars:
Bongo Wende, Milos Son, Stella Matianga, Demukusse, Djo-Djo

Acc Guitar:
Stella Matianga, Ping-Pong, Djo-Djo, Timololo

Bass Gtr
Gauthier Mukoka, John Pepito

Richacha Balengola, Awilo Longomba,

Ishari, Ikonolo, Gigi Tupa

Petit Makambo