Author Topic: Archive; JB Mpiana & Wenge BCBG - Live at Cinemax (2003)  (Read 517 times)

Mfumu Vata on: June 11, 2022, 20:03

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Mfumu Vata #1 on: June 11, 2022, 20:22

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It's crazy to how JB Mpiana still managed to exist during his 6 years ban (2002-2008) in the Schengen Area. Other artists would have been finished. JB Mpiana was also little bit lucky that the ngulu-affair came, the hype of long European tours and performing at mythic musichalls declined in the same period. But it was still difficult. The succes of Werrason, The incivicble Koffi Olomide, rise of Felix Wazekwa who had crazy succes with Et Apres, Reddy Amisi who tried to restart his career with Compteur à Zero and the upcoming Karmapa who was seen as the new Koffi.

Wenge1995 #2 on: June 12, 2022, 01:07

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Why did JB Mpiana decided to record Anti-Terror in South Africa rather than Studio Meko? He could have recorded the album in Kinshasa and mixed the album in Europe, like he did for Kipe Ya Yo.

Those concerts in Angola and Guinea Conakry really couldn't come at a better time, that Europe band really hurt the genre!

Mfumu Vata #3 on: June 12, 2022, 01:24

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Anti Terro was recorded in Kinshasa at Studio RTNC 2. They recorded only 4/5 songs in South Africa.It could be that JB Mpiana decided to record in South Africa, because of the conditions there being better. Back in the days it wasn’t fun to record in Kinshasa. Electricity often going off, etc. In South Africa being the presence of modern studios. Koffi already having recorded a big part of Attentat over there and Wenge El Paris having recorded their album Le Monde Envers in 1997.

During Kipe ya Yo, JB Mpiana received visa’s for UK. This gave him the chance to mix and record a part in UK


Wenge1995 #4 on: June 12, 2022, 06:24

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What is considered the best studio in Kinshasa?

Mfumu Vata #5 on: June 12, 2022, 10:37

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For a long time it was studio Veve. But not everybody could record there. So many artists preferring to cross the Congo-river to record at at Studio IAD in Brazzaville (at soon would be victim of lootings in the mid 90s). After fall of Editions Veve  there wasn't any modern studio anymore in Kinshasa. All artists preferring to do their recordings in Europe, unless they could afford a mobile studio  and bring it to Kinshasa to record it in one few studio's (Studio Bobongo, RNTC 2 which would become Studio Ndiaye and Studio Meko) who were there. From 2005 the best studio became Studio Ndiaye directed by JP Kyungu, him having finally the materials, althought the studio not being on the level of those in Europe. Many artists starting to record a big part of their albums, EPs, generique singles there. From 2005, there wasn't any album anymore that was recorded for 100% or 90% in Europe except the first two of Fally and the first one of Ferre. Most were for the majority done in Kinshasa.

Everybody recorded at Studio Ndiaye until 2010 or 2011, when I think a part JB's generique of Soyons Serieux leaked on internet, small artists recording there seeing their cri's suddenly ending up in generiques of Werrason, Koffi before them releasing it, Rumors of Werrason having bought the studio from Monsieur Ndiaye and rivals not feeling comfortable anymore, etc. Some preferring from then to record at mediocre studios, or doing a part in Kinshasa and reworking it with session artists in Europe, because of visa problems and the combattant phenomena appearing.

SLK97 #6 on: June 12, 2022, 10:47

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Currently or of all time? Because in the past, Kinshasa had at least one top studio where most artists would record their albums. In the 80s, it was Studio Veve (whenever artists weren't recording at the more high-quality IAD in Brazza). In the early-to-mid 90s, it was Studio Bobongo. In the late 90s to early 2000s, it was Studio Meko. At the moment, Studio Ndiaye's the go-to studio and has been Kin's main studio for almost 2 decades.

IMO, I think Ndiaye's the best studio (or in Manda Chante's words, Ndiaye le meilleur). Despite that drum kit that most of us are tired of hearing on every generique, Ndiaye-recorded songs still have a crisp and clear sound quality. With top-notch engineering and mixing from JP Kyungu (you know something was recorded at Ndiaye when an artist gives him a shoutout), almost anything recorded there sounds like it could've been done in Europe.