Verckys

Real Name:
Georges Kiamuangana Mateta
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Georges Kiamuangana Mateta was born in Kisantu, Bas-Congo on 19 May 1944 and died on 13 October 2022 in Kinshasa.. He took the name Verckys after being impressed with American sax player King Curtis and he heard the name "Curtis" as "Verckys." He started out in 1962 with Los Cantina, then Jamel Jazz. He joined Paul Ebengo a.k.a. Dewayon's Congo-Rock before joining OK Jazz in 1963 with some musicians from the band of Gerard Kazembe: Christophe Djali, trumpet, singer Henriette Boranzima and Dele Pedro. Georges became Franco's right-hand man and delighted audiences with his onstage antics and wild clothes. But when Franco was away in Europe in 1968 he took a splinter group with vocalist Youlou Mabiala into the studio to cut four sides, causing an irreparable rift. On 5 April 1969 he left OK Jazz to form Orchestra Vévé. The original singers of his group were Bovic Bondo, along with three who would later form the Trio Madjesi, Marcel Loko Massengo a.k.a. Djeskain, Sinatra Bonga Tsekabu a.k.a. Saak Saakul, and Mario Matadidi. Verckys started recording with a more stripped-down sound than OK Jazz, which gave him ample room for wild sax solos in the seben. His original band included Danila on solo guitar, Jim on bass, and veteran Maproco alongside himself on sax. He adopted Dr Nico's dance the Kiri Kiri and invented the Cavacha which was a precursor of Soukous. His first hits were "Mfumbwa" and "Bankoko baboyi" along with Saakul's "Fifi Solange." (These songs were reissued as 45s on the Ngoma label J 5241 and J 5242.) "Ah mokili" and "Linga ngai zuwa te" soon followed. With an unerring ear for quality, he recorded and produced Les Grands Maquisards, Orchestre Kiam, Bella Bella, Lipua Lipua, Les Kamale and Empire Bakuba, the most interesting bands to come up in his generation. He also recorded Thu Zaina (whose guitarist Roxy played on some Vévé recordings), Victoria Eleison and Zaiko Langa Langa. His label defined the new sound of Congolese music as it evolved away from the rumbas of the Generation Kalle to a more exciting dance sound. His singers [below] were so popular they broke away in 1972 to form Trio Ma-dje-si with their own band Orchestre Sosoliso and, recording for Socodi in Brazzaville, remained one of the top bands of the day.

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Albums

SAF 50009 Verckys & L'Orchestre Veve — Verckys Verckys & L' Orchestre Veve* Verckys & L' Orchestre Veve* - Verckys & L'Orchestre Veve Sonafric SAF 50009 France 1975 Sell This Version
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SAF 50008 Verckys Et L'Orchestre Veve  — Verckys Verckys Et L'Orchestre Veve* Verckys Et L'Orchestre Veve* - Verckys Et L'Orchestre Veve (LP, Album) Sonafric SAF 50008 France 1975 Sell This Version
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EVVI 01 D Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 1 — Verckys Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* - Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 1 Editions Veve International EVVI 01 D Belgium 1980 Sell This Version
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EVVI 02 D Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 2 — Verckys Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* - Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 2 Editions Veve International EVVI 02 D France 1980 Sell This Version
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VVLP 1015 Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 2 - Ditutala — Verckys Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* - Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve - Vol. 2 - Ditutala(LP, Album) Editions Veve International VVLP 1015 Kenya 1984 Sell This Version
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EVVI 89 Verckys Présente Desuza Et Dikoël & L'orchestre Immortel Veve — Verckys Verckys Presente Desuza Et Dikoël* & L'Orchestre Immortel Veve* Verckys Presente Desuza Et Dikoël* & L'Orchestre Immortel Veve* - Verckys Présente Desuza Et Dikoël & L'orchestre Immortel Veve(LP, Album) Editions Veve International EVVI 89 Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
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EVVI 86 Paris-Dakar — Verckys Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* - Paris-Dakar (Album) Editions Veve International EVVI 86 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
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VVLP 1018 Empoule — Verckys L'immortel Veve* De Verckys L'immortel Veve* De Verckys - Empoule(LP, Album) Editions Veve International VVLP 1018 Kenya 1987 Sell This Version
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VVLP 1030 Vercky's Presente — Verckys P.D.G. Kiamuangana*, Vercky's*, Various P.D.G. Kiamuangana*, Vercky's*, Various - Vercky's Presente(LP) Editions Veve VVLP 1030 Kenya 1989 Sell This Version
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EVVI 130 Le Verdict — Verckys Le Prince Youlou Mabiala* Et Le T.P. OK Jazz* Avec Verckys Au Saxo-Alto* Le Prince Youlou Mabiala* Et Le T.P. OK Jazz* Avec Verckys Au Saxo-Alto* - Le Verdict(LP, Album) Editions Veve EVVI 130 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
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360.032 Verckys & L'Orchestre Veve* Verckys & L'Orchestre Veve* - Verckys À Paris(CD, Album) African 360.032 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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none Verckys & L'Immortel Veve — Verckys L'immortel Veve* De Verckys L'immortel Veve* De Verckys - Verckys & L'Immortel Veve(4xFile, FLAC, Album, 16-) Editions Veve International none US 2019
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EVVI 63 Est-Ce Que ? — Verckys Verckys, L' Immortel Veve* Verckys, L' Immortel Veve* - Est-Ce Que ?(LP) Editions Veve International EVVI 63 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
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EVVI 11D Verckys — Verckys Verckys Et L'immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'immortel Veve* - Verckys (Album) Editions Veve International EVVI 11D Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
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EVVI 146 Mombassa — Verckys Verckys Mombassa(CD, Album) Editions Veve EVVI 146 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Unknown Sell This Version
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J33014 Dynamite Verckys et l'Orchestre Vévé — Verckys Verckys Dynamite Verckys et l'Orchestre Vévé(LP) Ngoma (2) J33014 France Unknown Sell This Version
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EVVI 112 L'Homme C'Est L'Homme — Verckys Verckys / Sergino (2) Et L'Immortel Vévé* Verckys / Sergino (2) Et L'Immortel Vévé* - L'Homme C'Est L'Homme(LP) Editions Veve International EVVI 112 Zaire Unknown Sell This Version
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E.V.V.I. 75, EVVI 75 Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve — Verckys Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve* - Verckys Et L'Immortel Veve(LP, Album) Editions Veve International, Editions Veve International E.V.V.I. 75, EVVI 75 Zaire Unknown Sell This Version
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J33013 Dynamite Verckys et l'Orchestre Vévé — Verckys Verckys Dynamite Verckys et l'Orchestre Vévé(LP) Ngoma (2) J33013 France Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

90.370, 90 370 Bolingo Florence / Zongela Ngai — Verckys Dynamite Verckys* Bolingo Florence / Zongela Ngai(7", Single) African, African 90.370, 90 370 France 1969 Sell This Version
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90.363 Lokoko / Tell Maman — Verckys Verckys Lokoko / Tell Maman(7", Single, Mono) African 90.363 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1969 Sell This Version
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90.386 «Dynamite» Verckys*, Orchestre Veve «Dynamite» Verckys*, Orchestre Veve - Natuni Namemi Ngambo / Loboko(7") African 90.386 France 1970 Sell This Version
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90.388 Tentation / Marie Suza — Verckys Verckys Et Orchestre Veve Verckys Et Orchestre Veve - Tentation / Marie Suza(7", RE) African 90.388 France 1970 Sell This Version
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90.412 Naboyi Nkasa — Verckys "Dynamite" Verckys* Et L'Orchestre Veve* "Dynamite" Verckys* Et L'Orchestre Veve* - Naboyi Nkasa(7", RE) African 90.412 France 1970 Sell This Version
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90.413 Annitcho / Nakokoka Ata Botongi  — Verckys Verckys Annitcho / Nakokoka Ata Botongi (7", Single) African 90.413 France 1970 Sell This Version

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soukousman

soukousman

October 13, 2022
Ah Verckys the showman! Verckys Kiamuangana le grand saxophonist, producer of Editions Veve and Editions Veve International and band leader de Orchestre Veve. Repose en paix. Your legacy your will live on.

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