Empire Bakuba is an influential soukous band that formed in Zaire in 1972. The name of the band refers to the Bakuba Kingdom; the band has never formally disbanded, although its activity has been scarce since Pepe Kalle's death. Core members of the group include singers Pepe Kalle, "Papy Tex" Matolu Dode and Dilu Dilumona, guitarists "Boeing 737" Kinanga Nanzao and "Doris" Ebuya Lange and the dancer "Emoro" Tumba Ayila. Empire Bakuba was founded in 1972 by Pepe Kalle, Papy Tex and Dilu Dilumona, who were all at the time members of Lipua Lipua and had been part of neighbourhood band African Choc, they established themselves as one of the leading youth bands of Kinshasa, becoming a constant presence in the Congolese charts and a major part of the soukous scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Compared to that of other popular soukous bands of the time, such as Zaiko Langa Langa, Empire Bakuba's sound was characterized by the strong influence of Congolese traditional and tribal music; this reflects in the kwassa kwassa, a dance style, popularized by Empire Bakuba and adopted by several other Congolese acts, most notably Kanda Bongo Man and Koffi Olomide.
Empire Bakuba's live performances were scenographic, with frontman Pepe Kalle, six feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, accompanied by dwarf dancer Emoro. In 1992 the band had to face Emoro's sudden death. By this time, the apex of Empire Bakuba's success had passed. Emoro was replaced by three Pygmy dancers and Empire's live performances became more similar to circus shows; when Pepe Kalle died in 1998, his death was followed by a serious car accident involving Papy Tex. For a while, Empire Bakuba was considered by the media to have ceased to exist. By 1999 Papy Tex had recovered and become the new leader of the band, which released a few more albums. Papy Tex is still with Empire Bakuba, although the band has not been active in recent years. Note: The following discographic references have been retrieved from and Nazingi Maboto Chérie Ondi Zabolo Amour propre Tête africaine Bombe atomique Muana Bangui Trop c'est trop La Belle Etoile Bonana 85 Kabambare Livre d'or Dans Masassi calculé à Abidjan Adieu Dr. Nico Obosini Kisomele Allah Bakuba Show Sombokila Blanche neige Nzoto ya chance / 8000 km known as Kwassa Kwassa Joe Dikando Pon Moun Paka Bougé Moyibi Ya Moseka de l'Empire Bakuba Show times Cé Chalé Carnaval Pepe Kalle chante le poète Simaro Atinze Mwana Popi Gigantafrique L'argent ne fait pas le bonheur Mavuela Somo & Pepe Kalle Stop feu rouge – voisin Le tube de vos vacances: Liya Liya Faina Feux d'artifice Hommage à Emoro Larger than Life Divisé par deux Poto Malili: Kinshasa Moto!
Moto! Mamie Savoir vivre Gardez votre souffle Kamola Basse Wasiwa Welcome in Africa Full Option Souci ya Likinga Merci Maman Loin des yeux, Dieu seul sait Les plus grands succès Cocktail Best of... Young Africa Souvenirs The Best of Pepe Kalle Sauvetage Sango Ya Mawa La naissance de l'Orchestre: Nazoki Johnny Bitoto
Asit Kumar Saha is a former National level wrestler. He is now a wrestling coach in the State of West Bengal and the General Secretary of West Bengal Wrestling Association. Asit was trained by his father Sudhir Saha, International coach, from a young age at Panchanan Bayam Samity, Kolkata. Asit was a State Champion from in both Greco-Roman wrestling, he won the bronze medal in the Senior National Wrestling Championship, 1969. In 1978, he obtained his International FILA wrestling coaching license from Iran. Asit managed the Indian wrestling team for the 1982 Asian Games held in Delhi. India won 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. Asit managed the Indian Wrestling team at the 1987 South Asian Games held in Kolkata, India. India won 7 out of 9 gold medals in the Championship. Further to this, he has managed the Indian wrestling team in several International Championships including World Championship. In 1987, Asit obtained his FILA Judge-Referee license at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Mumbai. Below is a list of some of his achievements.
Asit Kumar Saha holds the following positions listed below - General Secretary, West Bengal Wrestling Association Vice President, Wrestling Federation of India Vice President, Bengal Olympic Association Asit started Women's Wrestling in West Bengal. His trainee Runu Ghoroi is the first National Institute of Sports wrestling coach in the State of West Bengal. In the Bangla - Bangladesh tournament 2011 held at Barasaat, West Bengal won 6 out of 8 gold medals in women's wrestling. Under his leadership, the 58th Senior National Wrestling Championship was held in Kolkata, India from 14 - 17 Nov 2013 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium after 75 years