Marie Paul 'le Roi Soleil' & Wenge El Paris

Wenge Musica was formed in 1981 as a young outfit of modern soukous music. As with so many Congolese bands, artistic or personal differences or financial difficulties led to several personnel changes as some of the band members leave and create a band of their own, but drawing on the name of the original band.

Around 1990, Wenge Musica split between two factions, Wenge Musica BCBG and Wenge Musica Aile Paris (=Paris-wing, later referred to as Wenge L Paris or Wenge El Paris) under singer Marie Paul Kambulu together with Alain Mwanga "Zing Zong' and Aimé Bwanga. The latter left El Paris around 1993 to form Wenge Kumbela. When Manda Chante leaves the band in 1998, Marie-Paul remains as the sole leader of Wenge El Paris.

The Paris wing has not had the same level of success compared to the Kinshasa based factions Wenge BCBG and Wenge Maison Mère.

Adolphe Dominguez
Adolphe Dominguez  

Musicians on the album Couvre-feu:
Lead vocals : Marie Paul Kambulu, Manda Chante
Vocals : Anicet Love, Arc-En-Ciel, Charly Chaplin, Ken Ken, Ya Yuyu
Guitar lead / mi-solo / rhythm : Alain Mpewu, Ofulu Ocean, Pitshou Santiango
Bass : Dello Bass Voundou
Congas : Noddy Mataba
Drums : Yenga Zino
Drum Programming : Marcel Kountha Kinte
Keyboards : Alain Synthe Kipulu
Animation : Bizima Kodos, Papa Doukoure Douk, Patou Bofosa

Born: 3 March 1970, as Marie Paul Kambulu, in Kikwit (Bandundu Province)
Formed: by Marie Paul Kambulu as a Paris based off-shoot of Wenge Musica, in 1990/91
Style: Modern Congolese music, soukous

Title Year Label Remarks
Marie Paul & Wenge El Paris:
Yebela Vision 2007 Sonima CD & DVD
Eboulement 2002 Sonima SMCD 1420 2CD
KO debout/Carte jaune 2001 Mussay System Production CM 2767 2CD
Wenge El Paris Live Stade à Kinshasa 1999 Abeto Center CD
Wenge Musica Aile (El) Paris:
Couvre-Feu 1998 Ets. N'Diaye ND 054CD
Le monde à l'envers 1997 Carlitos Distribution JC 0003
Soukous Koumbela 1993 B-Mas 930002
Nganga Nzambe 1992 FDB 300073
Molangi Ya Malasi 1991 FDB 300066

Page added August 2001