Le Ry-Co Jazz

Also known as Le Ry.Co Jazz, Rico Jazz, Ry-Co Jazz, Ry.Co, Ryco Jazz
Members of Le Ry-Co Jazz: Freddy N'kounkou, Jean Serge Essous, Jerry Malekani, M'Bilia Casino

Discography of Le Ry-Co Jazz:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Zongelaka Nga / Tumba Dia N'Lele 2 Audio 1970 Disques Vogue
2 Rico Jazz 8 Audio Hit Parade
3 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 4 4 Audio 1961 Disques Vogue
4 Chez Faignond / Oh Ma Lili 3 Audio Disques Debs
5 Ivecia / Pi-Pi-Poh 2 Audio 1969 Disques Vogue
6 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 21 4 Audio 1965 Disques Vogue
7 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 5 4 Audio 1961 Disques Vogue
8 Belinda / Zongela Ngai 2 Audio 1973 Afric Disc
9 Rumba'round Africa Congo/Latin Action From The 1960s 16 Audio RetroAfric
10 Yo La ! 15 Audio Hibiscus Records
11 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 12 4 Audio 1963 Disques Vogue
12 Pauvre Vincent / La Juventud 2 Audio Disques Debs
13 Tu Bois Beaucoup / Liwa Ya Wech 2 Audio Disques Debs
14 Vacances Time 8 Audio Rytmo-Disc
15 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 08 4 Audio 1962 Disques Vogue
16 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 14 4 Audio 1964 Disques Vogue
17 Dansons Avec Le Ry-Co Jazz Vol. 19 4 Audio 1965 Disques Vogue
18 Si I Bon Di I Bon 4 Audio Disques Debs


Ry-Co Jazz became pan-African heroes during the 1960s when they introduced their vital Congo/Latin rhythms to West Africa. The band was founded in Congo in 1958/59 and managed by Henri Bowane, the hit parade guitarist who first brought Franco into the recording studio. Original members Freddy N'Kounkou [vocal], M'bilia Casino [congas and vocal], and Panda Gracia [double bass], were soon joined by ace guitarist Jerry Malekani who stayed with the group until they ended their epic adventure in 1972. From 1967, with sax master Jean-Serge Essous on board, they spent four years in the French Antilles, leaving their influence on the pioneers of 'zouk' music.


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