On March 5 th , 1989 two men, Lokassa Ya Mbongo and Ngouma Lokita put together a band: SOUKOUS STARS. The band members were Paris Shimita, Yondo Sister, Balu and Zitani Nell. The press conference was held at “New Morning” hotel in Paris. Many international stars such as Manu Dibamgo, Jacob Desvarieux, Jocelyn Berouard, Sam Mangwana, just to name a few, were present.
Giants of communication RFI (RadioFrance International, Africa Not, etc broadcast the event. The band, once put together, did a lot of live concerts around the world with many African stars. As the years passed, SOUKOUS STARS became bigger and more famous. Talented artists from various countries in Africa joined the group. Yondo Sister, Shimita, Nyomba, Luciana de Mingongo from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Ballu Canta, Zitani Nell, Pierre Belcos, Lucien Bokilo, from Congo Brazzaville; Saladin from Central Africa Republic, Arsene Kounde from Benin and Joseph Koujojo from Cameroon.
SOUKOUS STARS are the winners of the 22 nd Annual International Reggae &, World Music Festival Winners of the Best Soukous Entertainer Award (2003).
SOUKOUS STARS are one of those rare bands that work with various musicians from different backgrounds and with different styles. Their repertoire is comprehensive and they are true representatives of World Music, they are able to play any kind of music from anywhere. When SOUKOUS STARS are on stage with any artist, the show is a guaranteed success.