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BrazzaBoy on: March 10, 2018, 22:16

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Could some of the ndeko help decypher some animations for non lingala or kikongo speakers ?

Longbluesquid #1 on: March 10, 2018, 22:26

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I always wander how atalakus come up with animations. Is it similar to rapping ( freestyling) like in hip hop? It's interesting to listen in generiques how they flow throughout sometimes for 8-10+ minutes.

archos #2 on: March 10, 2018, 23:02

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to sum it up a little bit,before getting into lyrics,animation of 80's and 90's were mainly in kikongo and lingala and had a lot of messages
for example the generique of titanic can literally be twisted into a rumba talking about the same things
then from mid 2000's until now animation is more and more about sex,lingala has become the language used 99 per cent of times vast majority being about sex,or a phenomenon of the moment in kinshasa

BrazzaBoy #3 on: March 10, 2018, 23:04

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Exactly and I dont understand the language so I always wonder if they’re rhyming, telling stories and maybe even  just speaking in code at times ? Does the whole population understand those animations ? Because If I remember correctly I remember reading that Bill used to animate in 3 languages

BrazzaBoy #4 on: March 10, 2018, 23:05

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Also which songs do we know of today that were mostly animated in kikongo ?

Matebu #5 on: March 10, 2018, 23:20

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Also which songs do we know of today that were mostly animated in kikongo ?


mvulusi96 #6 on: March 10, 2018, 23:26

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Also which songs do we know of today that were mostly animated in kikongo ?

It has always been 50% lingala and 50% kikongo, 60% Kikongo and 40% Lingala or the other way around

J.B. M'piana - Ndombolo
Defao - Animation (1997, Sala Noki)


Wenge1995 #7 on: March 11, 2018, 05:48

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@mvulusi96

My lingala is pretty basic, what is animations in Force Intervention Rapide Force generally about? I gravitate towards Bill Clinton as I recall the Tshiluba animations from his various contributions to Wenge's generiques.

Congomusiclover001 #8 on: March 11, 2018, 10:01

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I believe they also use popular folklore, traditional, and church praise songs. that was why in the 90s and 2000s a lot of the atalakus used the same animations and no one could really claim them as theirs per se.