Author Topic: Some Advice to Fally Ipupa...  (Read 1447 times)

Wenge1995 on: May 04, 2019, 07:27

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Fally needs to work more with Maika Munan, because that man is a fantastic conductor who brings a warmth to the music! I don't know who arranged the music on his recent album Control, but it lacks the attention to detail in the harmonization of the orchestra.

Just listen to the lush guitars and soft percussion on Nyokalessé. Sprinkled throughout the track are random fret slides from the bass guitar and an eclectric guitar solo that  keep the tempo sultry yet energetic!



Maria PM lacks impact because the music is shallow, since much of the instrumental is built on a simple guitar riff, programmed drums, and bass line that's sequenced in a loop.

The only part of the music that's has personality is the keyboard snyths that comes in around the three minute mark. Aside from that is the same loop, you'll hear a faint guitar solo before the song ends...terrible arrangement.



Perhaps Congolese artist should start recording their albums live as opposed to in partcial sequence, because a raw sound gives the music arranger less flexiablility in post-production. As a result of this, the musicians have to work harder to ensure their instruments are tuned appropriately and well phased to studio microphones so that the music remains dynamic.

What do you guys think? If Fally ever decides to try his hand at live recorded music then I recommend the following music arrangers; Sec Bidens or Al Nzimbi. He is already well familar with American music indusry, I recommend he comes here and record with some of our studio personnel.

Mirobexx #1 on: May 04, 2019, 11:05

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I agree with you on that one.There is a video of Brigade Studio  Generique session .The sound and the end product not much difference its on youtube you will be impressed.Live recording is the best
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Wenge1995 #2 on: May 04, 2019, 11:50

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@Mirobexx

In the case of Brigade's studio video, the generique is mostly a multi-tracking recording. Although the entire band appears to be playing live, Brigade seems focused on recording individual sections of a song to edit later instead of replaying the entire song start to finish to correct mistakes.

The intent is to have the engineer overdub mistakes to speed up the editing process. The room they are recording in is small so they can't record it completely live, because make it more difficult to get the correct balance of instruments in the final mix. The reverb will bleed into the wrong microphone, so the room is too cramped for microphone requirements for a live orchestra recording.



Congolitude #3 on: May 04, 2019, 14:53

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@Wenge1995 I am very very agree with because Control has good song but it lacks good arrangement. Some songs were badly worked or were was good but does not have a good quality (like World, Soucis, Aime-moi, Code d'amour).

Exemple : Maria PM and Humanisme could have been better. In the CD version of Maria PM, Fally down the volume of the part where the solo guitar plays but he left it in the clip. In Humanisme he did the same when that's what people wanted to hear the most.

Fally does not have good studio advisors with him since he has his own studio...


Tata Nkiadi #4 on: June 27, 2019, 22:01

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I think we’re a little too hard on Fally. I think Control is a pretty good album and this is coming from a guy who has listened to nothing but OK Jazz records for 20+ years. He’s no longer an independent artist on an independent label where he can make anything he wants. Congolese music is complicated to most non-Lingala speakers so the arrangements needs to be simplified to be marketable to them especially here in the US.

Wenge1995 #5 on: June 28, 2019, 02:28

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@Tata Nkiadi

And despite his major label signing with Warner Bros and his "simplified" music arranging, his music doesn't have much impact in the United States. Niether his songs nor album stream or sell enough here to chart on the Billboard Charts or earn him a spot to peform at a popular American music hall or award show.

Wenge1995 #6 on: June 28, 2019, 03:15

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If I were A&R on Fally Ipupa's album sessions, I would recommend the following:

1) Bring back Maika Munan to work on the music arrangement, they've done fantastic work together on Droit Chemin and Arsenal de Belles Melodies

2) Format each song between 3 and 5 minutes to make them radio friendly for American audiences. We've already seen impactful generiques and rhumbas within that runtime.







3) I would include in the budget enough money for a special feature. A talented feature might run you near $100k or more depending on the artist.

If he approached the next album with this strategy, he could become a star in the United States.

Tata Nkiadi #7 on: June 29, 2019, 03:22

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@Wenge1995

I’d be inclined to fully agree with you except, no Congolese artist finds success here. Tabu Ley tried, JB tried, Papa Wemba tried despite moderate successes. Congolese francophone artists won’t break the Billboard top 100 singing Lingala. Call me pessimistic but I’m a realist. I still don’t understand why Fally, a frequent visitor here didn’t capitalize on the Zumba popularity.

Unfortunately for Fally, his feature with R. Kelly fell flat especially with the pending underage rape charges. But even still, that song will never make it to pop radio.

Wenge1995 #8 on: June 29, 2019, 03:50

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@Tata Nkiadi

It's not impossible, BTS had hits on the Hot 100 despite the fact that the songs were in Korean and their American fan base is extremely niche. The music videos were well produced and the group's management took a very aggressive approach to marketing.







What he needs is a co-sign from a popular American artist, either in the form of a collaboration on a song or an invite as a supporting act for a concert tour. That's how BTS put down the foundation to the success they enjoy today.

Going forward, Fally needs to be very careful about who he does music with. Even if the sex scandal wasn't as big as it is, R.Kelly is irrelevant musically as far as recent music is concerned. The African artist to do a good job with a co-sign was P-Square and their collaboration with Rick Ross, but they didn't market the record heavy for a hip-hop/R&B audience here.

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Jdog #9 on: July 03, 2019, 07:36

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My advice to him would be stop acting so high mighty when other artists make better music then him, have better lyrics. He also needs to get rid of that old ass singing lineup of his. Most of the guys have no energy and can't dance, he nees to insert the guys who are already there and recruit a couple more who can bring better live shows cause the chirography and chorus sucks. Fally also needs better female dancers, look at La Team Wata, Chiffre Neuf and Light Music Villanova really good female dancers. The back line is good but there needs to be a new soloists Flly Tyson is done and Golet Solo doesn't cut it.
Or moto asala le monde eza yo Nzambe tata, Kita okata po mokili trop matata, kata- Fally Ipupa