Bopol Mansiamina (1949-2021)

Bopol Mansiamina (or simply Bopol), is an accomplished rhythm guitar player, bass player, singer and composer. Since the age of 20 years old, he has played with numerous band, and recorded with various solo artists. In the early years, he has been associated with Orchestre Bamboula (of Papa Noel), Rock A Mambo, Dr. Nico's African Fiesta Sukisa (1970) and Orchestre Continental, of which he was one of the co-founders. From 1973-76, he was part of Tabu Ley's Afrisa, before he founded Ya Toupas together with Ray Lema and Manuaku. In 1978, he joined Sam Mangwana's African All Stars in West Africa (Abidjan and Lomé).

In 1979, Bopol decided to go solo and as of 1980, he recorded several albums. In 1982, he settled in Paris, and formed the 1980s super group Les Quatre Etoiles with solo guitar player Syran M'Benza and vocalists Wuta Mayi and Nyboma.

Bopol is respected and loved as a rhythm guitar player but he is equally an excellent bass player, and he sometimes plays on solo guitar. His interplay with solist Syran is legendary and they played frequently together, not only within Les Quatre Etoiles but also on Bopol's solo albums. On his solo albums he was accompanied by several vocalists, such as Assaka Baba Ley, Nyboma, Asi Kapela, Theo Blaise Kounkou, Wuta Mayi, Ballou Canta and Sam Mangwana.
Moreover, Bopol features on numerous albums by other artists, such as Samba Mapangala, Déesse Mukangi, Ricardo Lemvo to mention but a few.

Bopol Mansiamina
Bopol Mansiamina  

Born: 26 July 1949, as Paul Mansiamina Mfoko, in Kinshasa
Died: 7 November 2021, following a stroke, in Paris
Style: Modern Congolese music / rumba / soukous

(not including the Quatre Etoiles albums)
Title Year Label Remarks
The Very Best of Bopol 1998 H & R ENTS. HR2561
Akuna Matata 1997 H & R ENTS. HR2243
Koumbe Trahison 1992 Afro-Rythmes AR1023 / BM007
Innovation 1991 B.M. Productions BM 005 LP
Belinda 1989 Syllart 38776
Bopol Mansiamina - Syran Mbenza 1987 Production Guerry Alain/Distribution Sonodisc LP
Serrez ceinture 1987 Syllart LP
Ça c'est quoi? 1985 Celluloid CEL 6749 LP
Afric'Ambiance 1984 Syllart 8305 LP
Manuela 1983 Syllart 8301 LP
Mariage forcé 1983 Sacodis LDS 21/001 LP
Besisimou (maillot jaune) 1981? MAR 100 LP
Déception Motema 1981? Star Musique SMP 6011 LP
Innovation vol.4 1980 Innovation INLP004 LP, by Baba Ley & Bopol
Innovation vol.3 1980 Innovation INLP003 LP, by Baba Ley & Bopol
Innovation vol.1 1980 Innovation INLP001 LP, by Baba Ley & Bopol

Sources (outdated link);
Bopol Discography on Vibes d'Afrique forum (outdated link).

Page added December 2008