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Title: ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on June 22, 2014, 14:00
PRIVATE LIFE AND PERSONNALITY

Alain amadeus mozart afandé yoka mpela was born in 1971 in kinshasa and is the son of jean-robert yoka mpela,former church pianist and teacher at catholic school,aswell as politician later,and mama marie-madeleine bilepo aka queen mother like he calls her also a church singer
music is a family gift,since alain's brothers bienvenue aka geco bouro,blaise seguin aka maniata, ronsard kanza,the young rapper pistice who made his first tv appearance in jb mpiana's olympia,yves who is now a wenge bcbg singer aswell as two their sisters who are into religious music
alain mpela  admitted in a recent interview (with still a bit of uncertainty when he said it) being a father of 21 kids and is currently engaged to former wenge musica dancer nana boanga aka nana sukali
apart his musical career he is also member of political party ADT(which can be translate as congolese labour party for development) and co-directs with fellow musician felix wazekwa a group of ex-gangsters employed as road-workers in their quarter of matete
like many musicians,alain mpela is also a big football fan and particularly of fc barcelona (which often lead to friendly stick with many wenge musica men who were real madrid fans) and even liken his role in the wenge chorus to the role of barca's midfielder andrés iniesta
alain is often wrongly seen as arrogant due to his love of luxury life but is rather down to earth and is also perfectionist,like he often says"i'd rather do nothing than badly doing something"

HIS ROLE MODELS AND DEBUT AS A SINGER

alain's role models are,first and foremoest king kester emeneya he has a massive admiration for,even though he does not imitate his voice at all and recently admitted he lost sleep for days after hearing the news of kester's death
apart from kester,alain also has a lot of admiration for ok jazz musicians(ndombe,josky,lokombe,ntesa....)
the last role models he admitted were papa wemba and his former singer luciana demingongo,well known for his impressive chorus performances
alain had his first contact with music with religious music played at home by his father and learns singing and playing piano with him and also follows his mother in church groups especially one of the most popular of then chochriza(the chorus of christ in zaire)
at street level,his first contact with music is when he follows older neighbours of his quarter who are playing music,among them jean jacques kibinda pembele aka karmapa who really takes him under his wings and gives him basics about how to write a song
he develops further his contact with music outside matete,as he stops whenever and wherever he hears notes of music and then discovers a group in the area of kingasani ya suka in kinshasa
 the group is called balafon le mulafiona and composed,among others of senado tata malongi,famous songwriter and brother of now former colleague chai ngenge,vieux shella who is now a private songwriter and composer for werrason,nkoumen ilo who also wrote for several group including wenge musica,and his future colleague in bcbg jules kibens
one day in 1986,while on holiday at the house of the mother of seguin,kanza...and playing checkers with a friend,he is spotted by werrason who heard him singing songs of kester emeneya and stops next to him and asks him if he ever heard about a group called wenge musica,alain replies no and werra proposes him to come with him so he can prsent him to wenge musica members
alain is reluctant since he will be punished if he leaves home suddenly like that but werra convinces him and he is then introduced to jb mpiana and didier masela who are very impressed by his voice and the way he mastered victoria's songs and then when alain makaba arrives they test him again with guitar notes and he already sings in tune which surprises them from such a young guy
this is the debut of his career with wenge musica....

next step his time in wenge musica until the split

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Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: wuodsimba on July 02, 2014, 13:01
keep it Archos "guru" and thanks for  your informative articles
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: Tunutu on July 02, 2014, 16:42
He might not be a good singer, but Werra can spot a good singer and nurture him to prominence
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 02, 2014, 16:50
He might not be a good singer, but Werra can spot a good singer and nurture him to prominence

alain mpela?
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: Jdog on July 02, 2014, 19:14
Alain Mpela and Boguys were the only good singers back in the day (TH-Anti-Terro)
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 12, 2014, 16:59
alain mpela arrives in the group in late 1986 but spends his first years giving songs to  werrason and jb mpiana,orhelping them write their own songs(having learned his trade of songwriting with karmapa and other guys mentioned earlier) but does not yet sing with the group in concerts as he focuses on advancing in school
neverthelesse,due to a conflict between blaise bula and the rest of administrators he pariticipates in studio sessions of first ever wenge musica album mulolo
he was then  16 and so small that they had to make him stand on a crate of beer so that he could reach the height of the recording microphones
but blaise bula returns and finally sings(alain's voice still kept in one chorus)
 one year later the release of album mulolo and after arrival of singers marie paul and manda chante he starts singing on stage before entrance of the starting 4 of werrason,jb mpiana,blaise bula and ricoco
in 1990/1991 when the group goes on first european tour he misses out due to exams and marie paul taken instead interprets his vocals in second album kin e bouger
 this period is a turning point of his career as he starts to  share the 4th microphone(the three others being destined clearly to blaise bula,jb mpiana and werrason unless they want to have a little break,with adolphe dominguez,manda chante and later aimelia lias)
 in 1993,when the group records third album kalayi boeing  he is there and from then is always on their tour lists
he becomes much closer to jb mpiana as he lives with him, and will be with drummer titina alcapone the first musician outside administrators to have possibility of releasing a song,in part 2 of album les anges adorables hi ho ha new image released in 1994
alain also is there in album pleins feux released after but recorded in 1992,during his first europe tour with the group
he also participates in the final group album of wenge musica,pentagone,but only with vocals in some songs,and in the undergound preparation of jb mpiana's solo album(helped in defining the songs to pick,corrected some parts written by jb himself....)
like its well known,the success of feux de l'amour worsened leadership problems and lead to group split and alain mpela was the first musician to be aware of imminent split and an idea of the after-wenge musica life as he lives with jb and witinesses all the reunions organized to try solve the conflicts or also the reunion to prepare the then highly likely post-wenge musica life
he is then part of those who remained with jb blaise makaba(as opposed to werra,adolphe and masela) and  releases the second song of his career proces mambika but also contributes in  several other songs of first album of wenge bcbg titanic
one year after release of titanic,alain mpela becomes the chef d'orchestre of the group in replacement of blaise bula following leadership problemes between the three admins and has a pivotal role in the mythic concert of zenith in 1999,aswell as a tough responsability on that day as like he admitted he had to tell administrator alain makaba he would not go on stage until the last songs since he came late(it was part on the "getting rid" plan jb mpiana and rival werra used to remain unique leaders)
he becomes like jb's own brother and is heavily involved in jb mpiana's second solo album TH
un the next group album internet released in 2001 alain mpela released the third song of his career kap kapita and also gave song pacte divin ( he had kept from his teenage years when he was  following older singers and songwriters
he is then seen as a model for chef d'orchestres of other groups and to strenghten even more his popularity and importance he is meant  to release several songs in the nexr group album anti terro


but like we know,he left before album was released,so in the next part i will talk about  his last times in bcbg and then his solo career
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: mvulusi96 on July 13, 2014, 00:45
Obosani kosilisa histoire ya Heritier ???

Alain Mpela revealed in a recent interview that JB all ready started his coup against his collegues when he appointed Alain Mpela as Chef d'Orchestre when they were in Canada in front of Blaise Bula, Alain Makaba and others which started all ready a bad atmosphere in the group.
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: Tunutu on July 14, 2014, 11:06
Obosani kosilisa histoire ya Heritier ???

Alain Mpela revealed in a recent interview that JB all ready started his coup against his collegues when he appointed Alain Mpela as Chef d'Orchestre when they were in Canada in front of Blaise Bula, Alain Makaba and others which started all ready a bad atmosphere in the group.

People are blaming werrasson for the split but Jb ego after the release of his solo album was the main  reason behind the split
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 14, 2014, 11:16
 it is unfair to single out  someone for the split( even though nsone benefits from that image of the guy abandoned by most of the group) it was we an ego war between both for supreme leadership of the group,and used by other artists who saw wenge as a threat to definitely make it happen
 none of the administators had zero responsability in the conflicts who lead to split,especially jb and werra(which helped  build their solo career with their groups around that rivalry)
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: BG-ground on July 14, 2014, 11:30
Just cannot picture Mpela telling Alain Prince"u not getting on stage since u came late, u'll wait till tge last 2 songs" and Prince accepting it without "mobulu",there must be a big fight that went on backstage while we were enjoying the show....and who did he withGeco turn to arrange their Album? Prince Makaba!
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 14, 2014, 11:38
 it was quite tense,monsieur simon,vieux kiss and  damien dimonekene had to  help solve it in the locker room
when you watch the concert you can't even imagine that 5 minutes ago,makaba and jb were throwing silly insults at each other
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: BG-ground on July 15, 2014, 04:22
Encore est Tjours MR Simon!
I can See Mr Simon siding with Jb,Damien and Vieu Kiss trying to calm Makaba down while reasoning with JB
  Lol but their body expression tho! Makaba turning his back, while in the old days he'd pull up a show...and Jb not even mentioning his name in Omba!!
Poor afande,used once again to put someone down! Even Werra...Notice well the Concert with Wemba in Paris...Blaise Bula gave his Mic to Jolly Mubiala, then Werra does his famous "Hors Game"( Bula and Makaba couldnt help it)...During the Sebene JB and Makaba call Mpela to go take Werra's Mic!! I die laughing Everytime i watch that video
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: Tunutu on July 15, 2014, 08:13
What is 'Hors game"?
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: pierrefelix123 on July 15, 2014, 09:06
did werra and jb use to live together back in the days ?
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: SLY PAPA NA KEVIN on July 15, 2014, 13:49
People are blaming werrasson for the split but Jb ego after the release of his solo album was the main  reason behind the split
Whoever pays the bills is the real boss and has the right to demand respect. It is well reported that whoever was Director of Finance of Wenge Musica wasn't paying staff their dues etc so JB Mpiana was paying the band through his personal resources from sales of the same solo album and his contacts including those connected to big politicians, it is also the reason why almost all singers and instrumentalists went with JB Mpiana so that should tell you a lot about what happened before the split, it's nothing much to do with ego,all of them had ego issues but the main issue was finances and even today,all the splits and departures from big bands are as a result of money issues. Musicians like us have families to look after and when they are not being paid or they are being paid peanuts for their hard work they move on.
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 26, 2014, 16:43
in 2001 2002 alain mpela is almost the second band leader as he sometimes signs contracts with jb,or signs a separate contract to jb's one as jb wants to advantage him a lot over the rest of group members
 in september 2001  he participates to concert of bercy despite having  caught a strong flu on morning and also contributes in bringing in donors and sponsors to the group,especially in western africa where he is really appreciated for his dancing skills
in 2002 2003 when bcbg plans recording album anti terro he is given opportunity to add 6 songs first,then later 4 to accomodate other group members
the group starts recording album in paris and in kinshasa and continuing to perform at concerts
but alain mpela is approached with insistance by koffi olomide who is in open conflict with jb mpiana and jb is informed and even catchs a call from koffi as he took alain's phone during a rehearsal and carefully listens to what koffi says and a serious argument happoens after that call
 from then, alain's songs are not played anymore at concerts,his entrance "anthem" neither and he is not anymore respected by some of the colleagues who contribute to unsettle him to prove their love to their boss,is set to be given undetermined suspension but his brother seguin tells him about that and with some other musicians convinces jb to abandon that
he finally decides to leave in october of 2003,and creates his group generation a (initially generation ABBA),heavily funded by koffi olomide who offers him instruments and money for studio fees
he recruits musicians like miel de son,christian solo bombole, dady masudi, mon ami guelor,mirage supersonic and co(with musicians like brigade,demukuse roi david for example alos participating to first rehearsals) and tries to lure his brother seguin(EMO would have loved that KIE KIE KIE) and his friend tutu caludji into his project but they prefer remaining in bcbg
 alain mpela nicknames himself "roi david,le fondateur de la 5 eme generation" and they record maxi single intifada
one year later,alain mpela records album mortel combat with his brother bouro,with participation from alain makaba and wants to associate seguin to that project(since him, bouro and their young brother kanza who were the active mpela musicians of then ,apart seguin, all participated and alain thought it would be nice that album is a bit like a "family album"
it is acknowledged as a great album but album is not promoted in DRC,only in other countries
after the release of that album,alain is heavily motivated by his other big passion,politics and decides going to university and aims for big diplomas with the project of a future career in politics
he becomes rare on congolese tvs as he  studies in belgium and really make his active return in DRC in 2009 with some concerts in america with his brother bouro
he announces his first solo album fleche empoisonée but once back in congo but once fully back in DRC his political ambitions motivate him to continue studying and he become close to politician josé makila he considers as his mentor
in 2011,he is with fellow musician a candidate at elections to become a deputy but he does not suceed,he then decides to focus more on music but with the project of bouncing back in politics
 he records album between kinshasa,paris and belgium where he works under direction of alain makaba
in 2013,he announces he would feature his ex leader jb mpiana in his album and his idol kester emeneya(who unfortunately dies that year) and is meant to be a surprise guest at  jb's concert of zenith(which did not happen as we all know)
currently he is still sharing his time between school, music and politics and wants to release his album before the end of this year
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: wuodsimba on July 28, 2014, 12:48
Great read Archos and kudos for Mpela for going back to school to no wonder he has such a cool demeanor during tv interviews  to the point of being labelled arrogant.
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: archos on July 28, 2014, 12:54
i forgot to add two things about his career in politics, he declined a role  in ministry of culture since he would not be able to do music,studies and that role at the same time and he plans to go again for deputy role in next election in two years
Title: Re: COMING SOON ALAIN MPELA AFANDE BIOGRAPHY
Post by: Ken Bilele on July 28, 2014, 14:41
thanks archos, I wish this time round this man commit to one thing and bring out the best out of it.