Jojo Ikomo and Fataka Lokassa are recognized formally as the founders of Bana Moja. It was formed in Uganda around 1974 later Moreno joined the band. This band consisted of musicians from several bands but most of them are associated with Orchestre Veve.
Bana Moja split in 1975 with Fataka Lokassa remaining in Uganda but the majority of the remaining members moved to Kenya to form what turned out to be a short lived Bana Ngenge. It only lasted about a year.
Despite it's short stint, You are bound to hear some fun stories from the few who were lucky to live in Nairobi in the 70's especially 1976. The band's name still eveokes emotions from those now "grown up teens" when visiting their famous venue at Nairobi's Uhuru Park.
In 1976 Bana Ngenge broke up and Moreno & Jojo joined Les Noir
Bana Ngenge's members included Jojo Ikomo, Nsilu wa Bansilu Manitcho, Fataki Lokassa, Zengele Saida, Lawison Somana, Ochudis, Mandali Otis Musa, Beya Maduma ( Moro Maurice) & guitar soloist Roxy Tshimpaka (Joined Choc Stars, then later Zaiko Langa Langa).
On a sad note, Fataki wa Lokassa passed away on Monday 11 December 2006.
There was also a Label known as Bana Moja. It mostly produced Bana Ngenge records. Their records circulated the world although not much else is recorded about this fine group. Some of the tunes by Bana Moja Label are
Bana 4 Orch Revolo Likomba/Mokili
Bana 5 Orch Bella Mambo Renove Kalanda Pts 1 & 2
Bana 8 Orch Empire Bakuba Mokili Kalembe Pts 1 & 2
Bana 9 Orch Bana Ngenge Lobe-Lobe Pts 1 & 2
Bana 13 Orch Bana Ngenge Etisomba Pts 1 & 2
Bana 14 Orch Bana Ngenge Malanda Pts 1 & 2
Bana 16 Orch Empire Bakuba Naleli Pts 1 & 2
Bana 17 Orch Grand Piza Napemi Pts 1 & 2
Bana 18 Orch Semi Amor Amina/Futa Niongo
Bana 19 Orch Tout Mopia Tika Katonga Pts 1 & 2
Bana 20 Orch Festival du Zaire Kadioka Pts 1 & 2
Bana 21 Orch Tout Mopia Mokili Mayi Ya Buatu Pts 1 & 2
Bana 22 Orch Ezazo Kinshasa Oyo Yayo Pts 1 & 2
Bana 23 Orch Ezazo Mindondo Pts 1 & 2
Bana 24 Orch Ezazo Mokanu Pts 1 & 2
Bana 27 Orch Grand Piza Bokila Pts 1 & 2
Bana 28 Orch Grand Piza Fouati Pts 1 & 2
Bana 29 Orch Grand Piza Naleli Mama Pts 1 & 2
Bana 30 Izile Topoke Butu Pts 1 & 2
Bana 31 Kot-Kot Mbondi Pts 1 & 2
Bana 32 Orch Mazi Bondunba Pts 1 & 2
Bana 35 Batchalinge Sita Pts 1 & 2