Author Topic: BASSIST ROCKY BLANCHARD EXPLAINS CREATION OF QUARTIER LATIN  (Read 5892 times)

archos on: October 23, 2014, 12:59

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archos #1 on: October 23, 2014, 17:50

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 blanchard says he meet koffi at funerals of wenge musica's mi soloist blaise kombo in 89,as koffi was invited by wenge,and the group flash musica he was in alongside the president sam tshintu,suzuki,willy bula,lebou kabuya,modogo abarambwa was invited by jb who was classmate with sam
and when it was their turn to go on stage koffi was very impressed by his bass skills and koffi's dancer tolin approached him so he could speak with koffi
and koffi asked him his name,he said blanchard and koffi added that his kid rocky was just born so from now on he'd call him rocky blanchard in reference to his kid and told him to come the day after at his rehearsal if he wants
 he then informed sam that koffi approached him and sam said "go ahead,its a luck which may never come back to be approached by a professional musician" and that if sam refused maybe both of them would not be who they are today
at that time koffi was mainly leaving in europe then coming back for few concerts and was hiring musicians regardless of if they are members of a group,just for the serie of concerts he has in congo then go back to france
in that group,there was guys like vieux véron the man who taught koffi how to play guitar,yoto delta force of zaiko,do akongo,passé kossé,drummer coco tchomba,atalaku jean louis manzugidi,simolo katondi also on drums like coco tchomba and on bass fofo le collegien
but fofo was upset with something and decided not to come to a concert in rwanda so koffi needed somebody to play bass whereas blanchard had not had enough time to rehearse songs
he then mastered 20 songs in one day and koffi was surprised that he learned so fast and took him into that list for rwanda
from then he started having concerts regularly with koffi and also getting close to him so much that koffi was even introducing him to producers like his son
and one day at rehearsal,seeing how much the group was having succesful concerts and koffi's popularity growing,he suggested koffi to really create a permanent band since they are the ones rehearsing new songs in kinshasa and koffi recording in europe with other guys,why not recording themselves
and since he is the one who gave koffi that idea,koffi allowed him to recruit musicians to form that permanent quartier latin
he told koffi he would bring some of the guys of flash ,and started with suzuki(at that time babia was in the group of ex antichoc singer fifi mofude with manda chante)
when introducing suzuki to koffi blanchard said "ignore his looks and listen to his voice well,you'll be impressed" and when koffi saw suzuki he could not stop laughing then suzuki started singing and koffi was very impressed and said from now your name is suzuki 4X4
after suzuki it was the turn of lebou kabuya and blanchard told koffi it would be good for them to have handsome young men on stage and he will introduce to him lebou who fits that criterion but is not yet a great soloist but has talent,he added to koffi "vieux,ignore his guitar licks,but keep a close eye on his looks"
later on,willy bula and modogo joined and they started rehearsing their own songs,especially blanchard's song anicet pedro and koffi really appreciated that song and decided from then to record the first ever group album pas de faux pas in brazzaville and at the same time that new group's reputation was growing in europe so much that fans wanted to see them instead of the session artists koffi used when playing in europe
two weeks after going to release album in europe koffi came back and took them to europe for 2 months
prior to that,he told every musician to make a list of how the group should be on that thour(which members taken on tour) and the list done by blanchard matched perfectly those koffi wanted but koffi told them that if  somebody remained in europe,he'd not take quartier latin on tour anymore and use europe guys
since nobody left,they had a second tour with a bigger list now and arrival of popolipo from familia dei and when they returned several musicians applied for tests
babia arrived at same moment as eric tutsi,and since both were too good koffi decided to keep both despite only wanting one tenorist basically
one day after his first concert in quartier latin,which was two weeks after his test,the group was going to mali for a concert and instead of going back home and come the day after at airport like planned  babia preferred going straight away at airport and sleep there as he had borrowed clothes from somebody so he can look nice at their concert they just had
he then had his first european tour and had a tremendous success and became the first ever quartier latin member to stay in europe after a tour
blanchard says babia was not a spiteful guy, he loved to joke a lot and have arguments with everybody but was always apologising not so long after

mvulusi96 #2 on: October 23, 2014, 19:28

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Is Rocky Blanchard still in Quartier Latin? and why did Koffi not use him in Attentat and Europe-tours who were related to Ultimatum, Loi, Droit de Veto and Force de Frappe ? Because he plays better than Binda Bass and Clovis Silawuka
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archos #3 on: October 23, 2014, 19:52

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 Yes he is still in latino,his case is quite strange,koffi clearly  loved binda bass one hell lot
 blanchard left in 1999 for zaiko and returned in 2001 but always was in binda's shadow
 a strange situation was happening in 1998 before he left,quartier latin had 5 bassists at same time,binda,silawuka,him,paty bass and sunda bass
its only now that binda has been in europe for years he has started to play,but even in that situation he faces competition from two other guys,last year when koffi presented quartier latin on tv he was not even there which means at that time he went third in the ranking

mvulusi96 #4 on: October 23, 2014, 20:06

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I heard somewhere that Rocky left Quartier Latin for Zaiko, because someone told to Koffi that he had a relation with Miette Shegue. Which led to a quarrel in Kenya between Rocky and Koffi in front of peoples with Rocky later back in Kinshasa joining Zaiko and Miette joining Wenge BCBG along with Nono Diamant (also because of an quarrell).
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mvulusi96 #5 on: October 23, 2014, 20:30

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Its painful to hear that Babia went to Kenya and becoming later addicted again
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archos #6 on: October 23, 2014, 22:05

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I heard somewhere that Rocky left Quartier Latin for Zaiko, because someone told to Koffi that he had a relation with Miette Shegue. Which led to a quarrel in Kenya between Rocky and Koffi in front of peoples with Rocky later back in Kinshasa joining Zaiko and Miette joining Wenge BCBG along with Nono Diamant (also because of an quarrell).

Yes true, it was either one of them had to love,both chose to go especially as argument  was strong,unlike the case of willy bula and jacky bebeto years before where they were calmly asked to chose which of them would stay in the group

mvulusi96 #7 on: October 24, 2014, 00:16

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What was the reason that Nono Diamant left QL?
JB was stupid to accept them joining BCBG, because he was starting a war against Koffi without knowing it.

BG-ground #8 on: October 24, 2014, 16:48

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Yes he is still in latino,his case is quite strange,koffi clearly  loved binda bass one hell lot
 blanchard left in 1999 for zaiko and returned in 2001 but always was in binda's shadow
 a strange situation was happening in 1998 before he left,quartier latin had 5 bassists at same time,binda,silawuka,him,paty bass and sunda bass
its only now that binda has been in europe for years he has started to play,but even in that situation he faces competition from two other guys,last year when koffi presented quartier latin on tv he was not even there which means at that time he went third in the ranking

Sunda bass was in QL? Did'nt know...also heard Motingya was there

SoukousFan #9 on: October 24, 2014, 17:13

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Is it me or does Mopao totally forbid relationships between dancers and group singers, instrumentalists? If so, why??

shamala #10 on: October 24, 2014, 17:34

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JB was stupid to accept them joining BCBG, because he was starting a war against Koffi without knowing it.

#Mvulusi96 the list of dancers who have left Koffi for BCBG is long. Maybe someone will list them.Usually they leave when a little bit older, I have never known why .In fact am z bit surprised none of the offloaded Koffi dancers have found their way to BCBG and also that BCBG has chosen very young dancers who have not been in other bands.
PORTE-PAROLE NON OFFICIEL DE JB MPIANA ET WENGE BCBG.

mvulusi96 #11 on: October 24, 2014, 21:59

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Yes he is still in latino,his case is quite strange,koffi clearly  loved binda bass one hell lot
 blanchard left in 1999 for zaiko and returned in 2001 but always was in binda's shadow
 a strange situation was happening in 1998 before he left,quartier latin had 5 bassists at same time,binda,silawuka,him,paty bass and sunda bass
its only now that binda has been in europe for years he has started to play,but even in that situation he faces competition from two other guys,last year when koffi presented quartier latin on tv he was not even there which means at that time he went third in the ranking

Sunda bass was in QL? Did'nt know...also heard Motingya was there

Yes Motingi was in Loi-era with QLI but quickly returned to Zaiko, when Beniko and Rocky rejoined QL again