It is late 1972. Six emigres from Congo, Benin and Cameroon find themselves in Pavia, near Milan in Italy. Sharing a passion for music and dance rooted in African culture they form a band called M’Bamina (Lightning) they and stage their dance and music show in Le Rotonde di Garlasco. Two years of hard work and gigging follow before they make their first album African Roll, released in 1975.
In Paris 1977 the band find themselves opening for a James Brown’s concert Au Pavillon de Paris. By now the band is a well-oiled machine they have honed their live shows and sound by distilling a pure and fresh blend of R.& B, Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Funk and traditional African. M’Bamina then hook up with French producer Philippe Brejean to record their second album Experimental in Sysmo studios (a hot bed of album activity and French production music at the time). The results capture the band at the peak of their powers.