Bavon Marie Marie
was the younger brother of the great Franco
In his short life, he became, at least in Kinshasa, a well-known guitar player and band leader in the second half of the 1960s.
Often compared with Franco, his way of guitar playing sounded very much like his older brother, but he played in a different style,
slightly more funky and uptempo. He was popular and an idol among a younger public compared to his brother. His flamboyant
way of life, and his excessive skin bleaching was part of his life style.
Bavon Marie Marie had played in a few bands, among them Cubana Jazz
(together with singer Bumba Massa
and Orchestre Jamel
, before he joined Le Négro Succès
where he became the
lead guitarist. Négro Succès
had been formed in 1960 by Vicky Longomba
former member of Franco's OK Jazz
. Other members were Leon "Bholen" Bombolo
and singer Hubert "Djeskin" Dihunga
, both from OK Jazz, further there were sax player
, rhythm guitarist Jean Dinos
, singer Gaspard "Gaspy" Luwowo
bassist Alphonse 'Le Brun" Epayo
, and drummer Samy Kiadaka
After Vicky Longomba
made up with Franco and he went back to OK Jazz, Léon Bholen became the
leader of Negro Succès and together with Bavon Marie Marie they were idols of the late 1960s.
Over the years, besides Bavon Marie Marie
, saxophonist Empompo
and second saxophonist Moro Maurice
had joined the band, probably all in or around 1964.
At the end of the 60s, Tshimanga Assosa
, who would later go to Tanzania to join Maquis Original
, and a young
were also part of Négro Succès
a short period, until the untimely death of Bavon Marie Marie.