Author Topic: I didn't know Variétés Samedi Soir still existed  (Read 375 times)

Sydo on: March 13, 2022, 21:59

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Franco Pepe Kalle #1 on: March 17, 2022, 02:45

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Part of the reason I think that it is that there is no longer big big stars like the past.

Mfumu Vata #2 on: March 17, 2022, 08:04

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Variete Samedi Soir was still existing, but it was just that big bands stopped performed there from 2001, which made the impact of the show becoming less and only small artists performing there. Papa Wemba was the only big bandleader who was continuing to perform there every year until his death and Reddy Amisi on a few occasions. Fally Ipupa performed ther once in 2006. Koffi Olomide in 2012, Zaiko Langa Langa also in 2012 or 2013.

The impact it had once will never come back. Back in the days big bands would immediately perform there once coming back from Europe or having just released a new album. Also when a new band was created and the rival band having the perform the next week after it, to proof them a point. Another thing is that  back in the days you had only one tv- channel Tele Zaire and after 1990 when the "democracy" came just 3/4/5 channels, which made the competition between tv-channels not being strong. But from 2003 when the 1+4 agreement came of Joseph Kabila with Azarias Ruberwa, Jean Pierre Bemba and co,  all big politicians opening their own tv-channel, journalists and pastors doing the same and in no time more than 50 tv-channels in Kinshasa being created. Also in the same era, are came big incompetence within the tv-channel RTNC, so not only Varieté Samedi Soir, but also programs like Karibu Variéte losing their impact, just because of bosses preferring to put their sidechicks there and firing journalists who were fed up of not getting paid.

We must also not forget that the  impact of youtube also  conquered Kinshasa since 2017, people who don't have internet, following it on the streets, videos of concerts on youtube being showed in nightclubs or bars. Yes, the shows of Franck Stemay and co are also followed there. Which was the case back in 2013/14 and tv-journalists mocking them not knwoing they were earning more money and them claiming that they would never go on youtube.