Author Topic: How would you rank Werra & Wenge albums from best to worst?  (Read 983 times)

congo-243 on: March 07, 2018, 22:47

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 75
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Here are the albums:
1998: Force d'Intervention rapide
1999: Solola bien
2001: Kibuisa Mpimpa
2002: A la que leu leu
2005: Temoignage
2008: Mayi ya sika (Temps present)
2009: Techno Malewa Vol.1
2011: Techno Malewa (suite & fin)
2014: Fleche Ingeta (1,2,3)
2017: 7 jours de la semaine

mvulusi96 #1 on: March 07, 2018, 22:54

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3083
  • Karma: +12/-6
    • View Profile
Here are the albums:
1998: Force d'Intervention rapide
1999: Solola bien
2001: Kibuisa Mpimpa
2002: A la que leu leu
2005: Temoignage
2008: Mayi ya sika (Temps present)
2009: Techno Malewa Vol.1
2011: Techno Malewa (suite & fin)
2014: Fleche Ingeta (1,2,3)

you forgot the albums Terrain Eza Mine (2000), Sans Poteau (2015), Simply the Best of vol. 1 (2009) and the maxi-singels (EP's) Tindika Lokito (2003), Alerte Generale (2004), Sous Sol (2006), Diatabawu (2011), Sattelite (2012) & Education (2013)
2017: 7 jours de la semaine

mvulusi96 #2 on: March 07, 2018, 23:13

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3083
  • Karma: +12/-6
    • View Profile
1. Kibuisa Mpimpa
2. A La Que Leu Leu
3. Force d'Intervention Rapide
4. Solola Bien
then the rest

Till this day haven't listened to Temps Present from the beginning till the end. Because during that time I wasn't liking Werrason anymore, after seeing how they fired Celeo and they way Werrason was praising Joseph Kabila in every interview,while the country wasn't (still not) going well. With Bord Ezanga Kombo who was released 2 months later taking everything over.

I knew that Werrason liked Kabila so much since day one, but he became a fanatic after they arrested his brother 'frere' Patrice Ngoy Musoko.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 23:15 by mvulusi96 »

CM PRINCE #3 on: March 07, 2018, 23:38

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2098
  • Karma: +4/-0
    • View Profile
1 Solola bien
2 Force d'intervation rapide
3 kibuisa mpimpa
4 A la que leu leu
5 temoignage
The rest are just meh
Maxi single wise
1 alerte generale
2 tindika lokito
3 sous sol



« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 23:42 by CM PRINCE »

Matebu #4 on: March 07, 2018, 23:39

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3665
  • Karma: +12/-5
    • View Profile
2001: Kibuisa Mpimpa (This album has defined Werrason)
1999: Solola bien (This album defined Maison Mere and made them the hottest group coming into the millennium.)
1998: Force d'Intervention rapide (Absolute classic, but the N’diaye sound was too cheap compared to Titanic)
.
.
2002: A la que leu leu (Amazing compsitions, but poor sound - toooo much mabanaga - and a lacklustre generique)
2005: Temoignage (way better sound than A la que leu leu, but it was lacking in many ways)

2017: 7 jours de la semaine (Nice comeback surprise)
2004: Alerte Generale
2006: Sous Sol single
2003: Tindika Lokito

The forget-ables:
.
.
.
2014: Fleche Ingeta (1,2,3)
2009: Techno Malewa Vol.1
2011: Techno Malewa (suite & fin)
2008: Mayi ya sika (Temps present)

Wenge1995 #5 on: March 08, 2018, 00:13

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 324
  • Karma: +1/-1
    • View Profile
After much consideration, the following is my rank of my favorite albums:
 
1) Force d'Intervention Rapide Force (I'll never forget the first time I heard Japonais Maladi's aggressive guitar solos over Kakol's pounding drums! Although the production was not as polished as Titanic, the musicans, music video directors, and singers involved created an album which cemented their place in Congolese music)


2) Kibusia Mpimpa (Explosive chemistry between Mboka Lyia, Flamme Kapaya, and Japonais! What I really appreciated about this album was the maturity of Werrason as a vocalist artistry from songs like 13 ans and Baladine, while still enjoying his more playful nature in songs like Waka-Waka and Ntima Mbote.)

3) Solola Bien (What praise can be given to this album that hasn't already been mentioned? Flamme Kapaya while a novice compared to Japonais, he brought a lot of passion in his early position as soloist and didn't let me down. While Vita Imana remains a classic song about heartache, I tend to gravitate more to the understated perfection that is Rendez-vous manqué. Serge Mabiala and Baby Ndombe have good chemistry in that song, as well as in Likama. This was the last album of Tata with the group, I have to say his goofy dancing brought a smile to everyone's faces from the clips on that album.)

4) A La Queue Leu Leu (I enjoyed the growth of the group as most members were credited a song to their name, with Style Moomberg, Examen, and Effet Placebo being among my favorite. Celeo Scram was finally able to match Bill Clinton in terms of space and cries, plus the concerts for this album were quite impressive though the production on the album and video clips were not always as good.)

5)Temoignage (Ba Kanisi Toko Sila! Wenge Musica Masion Mere not only proved that they could survive the creation of Les Marquis, but could leave behind memorable songs like Conscience-Bela for fans of old school rhumba and my personal favorite Loin De Toi)

My follow up post will rank favorites of their non-album releases and then I will finish with my least favorite albums from them. Interested to see you guy's responses as well as your own choices

Wenge1995 #6 on: March 08, 2018, 01:23

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 324
  • Karma: +1/-1
    • View Profile
@Matebu

Interesting list, Matebu! I agree with you, N’diaye didn't have the tools needed to perfect the sound of their debuting album, but that first album definately made a statement! They have the creative power to go toe to toe with Mpiana and company.

A La Queue Leu Leu yielded a more entertaining tour than Temoignage, but I find myself gravitating more to Temoignage than the other album.

I found that the arrangement for A La Queue Leu Leu suppressed the bass in drumming that Kakol is best known for, not to mention that the rhythm guitar is barely audible compared to the snyths and macaras. The only instrument spared in the audio mixing process was Mimiche's bassline.

You're right about the mabangas tho, you could tell he got plenty of money hahaha!

ZamundaPrince #7 on: March 08, 2018, 11:08

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 192
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
I can't rank Werra's albums in terms of favourites. I pretty much love all of them. The one album that I don't really feel is Tecno Malewa. For whatever reason this album just doesn't get to me. Maybe a few songs here and there but I don't feel it.

As for the rest my favourite is the one I'm listening to at that particular point

Grandpretre #8 on: March 08, 2018, 22:45

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 138
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
1. Kibuisa mpimpa
2. A la queue leu leu/solola bien
3. Force d’interven Rapide

Sincerly i dont really know the rest. It were hard for me to follow after the departure of les marquis

BrazzaBoy #9 on: March 09, 2018, 00:14

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 190
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Im surprised Temps Present isnt getting any love. I feel like that period before Techno Malewa was Weerason at his height as far as popularity.

Matebu #10 on: March 09, 2018, 00:36

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3665
  • Karma: +12/-5
    • View Profile
Im surprised Temps Present isnt getting any love. I feel like that period before Techno Malewa was Weerason at his height as far as popularity.

Popularity =/= Good music

Wenge1995 #11 on: March 09, 2018, 20:07

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 324
  • Karma: +1/-1
    • View Profile
As far as EP's go, my favorites are as below:

1) Terrain Eza Mine

2) Alerte Generale

3) Sous Sol

4) Tindika Lotkito

faithandwar #12 on: March 11, 2018, 03:54

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 44
  • Karma: +1/-0
    • View Profile
Same @Grandpretre, when I saw the Alerte Generale cover I felt betrayed. But I was pretty young back then, afterwards I just heard songs here and there rather than a whole album from him. 

1. Kibuisa mpimpa
2. Solola Bien
3. A la queue leu leu

These are the trinity.

 If Solola Bien is Off The Wall (informing DRC and Africa abroad as far as what's to come) then Kibuisa Mpimpa is the Thriller of Werra's catalogue. It's a monster. It's so hard to skip a song on Kibuisa Mpimpa except Nakoyamba Yo.  There should be a thread/capsule on that album alone. Stories of witnessing hearing and witnessing it the day it dropped, the hysteria afterwards. Photos, interviews, concerts, studio sessions. If there is one please point me to it. Then the Dangerous or if there's any Prince fans, Sign Of The Times, A la queue leu leu. The last resort, and the last time we saw the best generation of MM together.

Ugh, still hurts thinking about it.