Ngoma was one of the first record labels intended to provide local African music to the people of Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). It was the leading label throughout the 1950s, with a catalogue of more than 2160 78 rpm records. It was active until 1968.
The name Ngoma came from the Kikongo word for drum. The label was founded in 1948, in Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) by the Greek businessman Nicolas Jéronimidis. Its catalog included many known artists at that time including Camille Feruzi, who is said to have popularized rumba during the 1930s, Antoine Wendo Kolosoy, one of the biggest names of all-time in Congolese music, Manuel d’Oliveira, Léon Bukasa, Antoine Mundanda, Paul Mwanga, Albert Luampasi …
Antoine Mundanda was a master likembe player (Congolese ‘thumb piano’). In the early 50s he formed Likembe Geant, a group dedicated to combining then contemporary dance rhythms (the polka, the djebola, the rumba) with traditional Congolese likembe music. They became highly successful within the local music scene, releasing over 30 albums and packing out bars and clubs whenever they played.
This 78 rpm record by Mundanda, accompanied by the Groupe Rythmique Ngoma, came out in 1953 (or 54?).