Author Topic: RIP Aurlus Mabele  (Read 1537 times)

Mfumu Vata #30 on: March 23, 2020, 13:05

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Thank you very much Mfumu, I think the Paris Based Musicians dominated in late 80s and early 90s because, the local congolese music was not circulated in other parts of Africa. Pepe Kale managed to keep pace with the Parisians because he used them as session musicians, most of Pepe Kale Albums of late 80 had Diblo, Dally and Locasa playing guitars. It was until 1993 when Kalayi Boeing was released that the dominance of Paris based Musicians was broken. Kine Bouge which was recorded in 1991 was first head in Tanzania after Kalayi Boieng and I was surprised to learn that Aurlus Mabele copied the entire animation of Ngouma Maguy in Elephant Ambiance which was very popular here in 1992.

That's not really true. The Congolese music was already circulated in Africa during the 50s with African Jazz of Grand Kalle and later on with Dr Nico & Tabu Ley who were filling stadiums in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone with their band African Fiesta. Franco and later the next generation following them (Lipua Lipua, Mopero Wa Maloba & Langa Langa Stars). Nippon Banzai of Zaiko Langa Langa was a massive hit in Africa. Franco Luambo Makiadi was like a god in Kenya, filling away halls and stadium when he was coming there. Its only Papa Wemba and King Kester Emeneya who weren't able to make their music known outside Zaire, Congo Brazza, Rwanda and Burundi. Papa Wemba started to get known when he released the album Le Voyageur with the song Maria Valencia being a hit and starting to sement a fanbase in Francophone Africa with the album Foridoles, then he became more known in the English speaking countries of Africa, when he released the album Emotion,  with Show me the Way and Rail On being massive hits. King Kester Emeneya started to get in known Francophone Africa when he released Nzinzi.

Bohemian Rhapsody #31 on: March 23, 2020, 21:07

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Just as a point of curiosity, I haven't seen any mention of Aurlus' passing on social media platforms of many Congolese artists. The likes of Werra, Ferre, Koffi, Fally, Fabro... It's kinda odd given the stature of Aurlus Mabele in the African continent and outside as well.

I think the congolese based Musicians did not appreciate Paris based Musicians, when Kanda Bongo Man was attracting record crowds in East Africa, Bozi Boziana toured Tanzania and when asked about Kanda Bongo Man he said nobody knows him in Congo. Is that true? that the Soukous legends like Kanda and Mabele were not known in Congo?

Yes, its true. They weren't know in Dr Congo. The few who knew them in Kinshasa, didn't like them, because they saw them as people who tried to kill the authentic Congolese music. Koffi once openly attacked in a video for that. Aurlus Mabele was known in Brazzaville, because they were proud to have finally  a big star who was defending their colors, after the old generation of les Bantou de la Capitals. But the population didn't really like the music, because they saw it as the fast, weird, the lyrics being very basic and not real pure Congolese music.



from 2:19 min

This narrative that "Soukous was invented in Paris" is a common misconception. Lets discuss!

The truth is that Soukous was invented in 1958 in Brazzaville, Congo. The group was Ibombon & Air Mambo.


http://www.congopage.com/Don-Fadel-revisite-avec-brio-les

It was then Pamelo Mounk,a of Bantous de la Capitale that first utilized the Soukous rhythm with "Masuwa" and "Mama na Mwana".



The group Sinza Kotoko later popularized it. This is where vocalist Pierre Moutouari of "Missengue" came from.



In this instrumental, you can hear the Soukous sound developing with the "Cavacha" drums.



Soukous came to Kinshasa in 1968 with the late Bavon Marie Marie & Negro Success.



In this era, it was mainly congas and percussion that kept the rhythm.

Then Dindo Yogo with Lola Muana


In 1976, the Soukous rhythm was taken to West Afrika. L'afrique de l'Ouest. Ba Nigeria Ba Togo Ba Ivory Coast.

Prince Nico popularized along with Makossa and Highlife with "Sweet Mother"


In 1978, Sam Mangwana along Lokassa Ya M'Bongo, Dizzy Mandjeku "Salam" and a couple others created African All Stars.











Tchico Tchicaya of Bantous de la Capitale, Bopol Mansiamina, Nyboma and a couple others also went to Abidjan.

It wasnt until the 1980s that Soukous came to Paris. People like Kanda Bongo Man were in bands like Bella Mambo, Bana Mambo, Makoso Bika.





Aurlus Mabele had a band called Ndimbola Lokole but unfortunately we dont have any recording of them.

As for the name "rumba" the original name is Nkumba but the Spanish colonizer remixed with a "R". Pretty much, the Kongo beat live thru Kumina (Jamaica), Calypso, Soca, Cuban Son, Palo (Dominican Republic), Kompa (Haiti), Ecuador, Brazil and a couple more.

Remember, the "Bantu" people were distributed heavily in Latin America & Caribbean. Lisapo Ya Afrika! Kongo Lisoloooo!

Kongo is more than Kinshasa.
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Kizito #32 on: March 24, 2020, 05:39

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Thank you very much Mfumu, I think the Paris Based Musicians dominated in late 80s and early 90s because, the local congolese music was not circulated in other parts of Africa. Pepe Kale managed to keep pace with the Parisians because he used them as session musicians, most of Pepe Kale Albums of late 80 had Diblo, Dally and Locasa playing guitars. It was until 1993 when Kalayi Boeing was released that the dominance of Paris based Musicians was broken. Kine Bouge which was recorded in 1991 was first head in Tanzania after Kalayi Boieng and I was surprised to learn that Aurlus Mabele copied the entire animation of Ngouma Maguy in Elephant Ambiance which was very popular here in 1992.

That's not really true. The Congolese music was already circulated in Africa during the 50s with African Jazz of Grand Kalle and later on with Dr Nico & Tabu Ley who were filling stadiums in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone with their band African Fiesta. Franco and later the next generation following them (Lipua Lipua, Mopero Wa Maloba & Langa Langa Stars). Nippon Banzai of Zaiko Langa Langa was a massive hit in Africa. Franco Luambo Makiadi was like a god in Kenya, filling away halls and stadium when he was coming there. Its only Papa Wemba and King Kester Emeneya who weren't able to make their music known outside Zaire, Congo Brazza, Rwanda and Burundi. Papa Wemba started to get known when he released the album Le Voyageur with the song Maria Valencia being a hit and starting to sement a fanbase in Francophone Africa with the album Foridoles, then he became more known in the English speaking countries of Africa, when he released the album Emotion,  with Show me the Way and Rail On being massive hits. King Kester Emeneya started to get in known Francophone Africa when he released Nzinzi.

You are very right, Wemba became famous in Tanzania after the release of Show me the way, the point I wanted to make is, the late 80s and early 90s the East Africa was dominated by the Paris based musicians, it was all about Soukous Masters with Alain Kounkou, Soukous with Shimita, Balou Canta et al, Yondo Sister, Kanda Bongo Man, Loketo Group, Diblo and his Matchacha etc. I first heard of Mulolo in 1991 in a VHS collection, I liked it and tried to find a cassette tape but couldn't. The ground changed  after the release of Kalayi Boeing which became a hit, that is when people learned about Wenge and started following their albums, after Wenge Kofi released Papa Bonher and the completion now was between Wenge and Kofi Olomide.  and slowly Kanda Bongo Man and other soukous musicians started to disappear, only Awilo remained relevant for sometimes. The music scene was now dominated by Wenge, Kofi, Defao Extra Musica and Zaiko Langa Langa. Now what changed the music landscape is something I don't know.