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Congolitude on: May 17, 2018, 08:53

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As we can see at the beginning of the video, it's noted "Universal Tcha-Choo Productions and Sonodisc Distributions", so I would have liked to know who really was the producer of Koffi since on his albums it is sometimes written "Sonodisc", "Editions Esperance" and few times "Universal Tcha Tcho".

When Wenge 4x4 released "Les anges adorables vol 1 and 2" it was also written Sonodisc in the back, so who really was their producer because they were no longer with Willy Beya and not yet with Mr Simon?



mvulusi96 #1 on: May 17, 2018, 14:48

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Universal Tchatcho was Koffi's musiclabel. Universal Tchatcho was doing the production of Quartier Latin's album (Pas de Faux Pas, Magie & Ultimatum) with Sonodisc/Disque Esperance  doing the distrubution. Sonodisc/Sono/Next Music was his musiclabel from 1990 until 2003. There was a time that Koffi had to produce his friend Djuna Djanana soloalbum, but I don't know what went wrong.

Disque Esperance was section of Sonodisc they were distributing music of Sonodisc in Africa & the French Antilles.

"SonoDisc (Société nouvelle de distribution de disques) was founded in Paris in 1970 by Marcel Perse and Michel David two former employees of Ngoma. Initially SonoDisc primarily served as a distribution company, notably of Umm Kalthum recordings, labels featuring artists from The Caribbean and Latin America plus a number of African labels included Syliphone from Guinea and Disques Francis Bebey.



In 1972 SonoDisc launched its own African label Sonafric and by 1974 Disques Espérance. The company also ventured into publishing and gradually expanded its catalogue during the 1970s and 1980s. From a mere 16 pages in 1979 SoneDisc’s catalogue covered 55 pages by 1988. Besides the African releases the company became a major distributer of salsa, of music from Cuba and the French Antilles, Guyana and Haiti in addition to music from Armenia, Tahiti, India and other overseas territories.

The Sonafric label was largely based on licensed tracks already released in Africa in addition to a few independent productions. After the initially Congolese based Ngoma label ceased its activities in France in 1971 SonoDisc acquired the rights to some of Ngoma’s albums which were re-released on the Sonafric label. The biggest boost to SonoDiscs’ African catalogue came in 1981 when they acquired the African catalogue from Fonior / Decca France after it had been declared bankrupt. Besides the Sonafric, Disques Espérance and African labels controlled by SonoDisc itself the company continued to serve as a distribution company for a great number of African labels, including Franco et T.P. O.K. Jazz’s Edipop, Choc and African Sun Music labels, Tabu Ley’s Genidia label, the Cameroonian Ebobolo Fia label just to mention a few.

The late 1980s also marked a beginning change in format from vinyl to CD albums. New albums were released in both formats  and for some even in a third format in the form of a pre-recorded cassette. Fonior / Decca France’s album series on the African label was initially continued with 28 new vinyl albums with Congolese music added to the 360.000 series from 1984 to 1987. Between 1991 and 1998 SonoDisc re-arranged the entire Congolese vinyl catalogue on 103 CDs on the African label in the 36500 series – much to the irritation of collectors.

SonoDisc merged with the Musisoft Next Group in 1998 becoming Sono. In 2001 it became Next Music. In 2003 the company came in liquidation and was bought in 2005 by The Adageo Group (Suave Music/Redbay) which began re-releasing SonoDisc’s Congolese CD catalogue on the Suave label in 2006 with new series numbers. The company changed its name in 2011 to The Sonodisc Group and went online with a website the following year. LINK In 2015 a new label Africa Seven was launched with re-releases of Cameroonian artists and African funk artists."









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mvulusi96 #2 on: May 17, 2018, 15:01

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Wenge Musica were like other Congolese bands changing musiclabels on every album. Anges Adorables vol. 1 & 2 was produced by Sonodisc. The succes of Kalayi Boeing made them sign with Sonodisc. With Sonodisc releasing two albums on the same times vol.1 & 2, they were immediately free to work with other musiclabels after that. After that Wenge Musica decided to work with Mr Simon's musiclabel S.I.P.E. Production on Pentagone, after having met Alain Makaba.

I think that it was better for to stay with Sonodisc, because Sonodisc was good in promoting Congolese music in West-Africa, the French Antilles, Cuba, etc. The Soukous-artists (DR. Sakis, Aurlus Mabele, Diblo Dibala, etc.) were very known there, since that Sonodisc was doing big promotion for them there with them ending up performing there. Even Koffi Olomide was known there, but he didn't give concerts there focusing more on Africa & the Congolese diaspora in Europe. Pentagone was a huge succes in Eastern/Southern Africa, but in West-Africa it wasn't promoted like Anges Adorables or Kalayi Boeing. I think because that Simon is an Anglophone. Extra Musica who was just a new band started then to sement a fanbase there with Ferreol Gassackys doing huge promotion on Francophone media's and radio's and Sonodisc doing their distribution for their two first albums Nouveaux Missiles (1995) and Confirmation (1996). The prove is that Extra Musica beated them Wenge Musica very hard on the Ngomo Awards of 1996 as best African Band, which shocked everybody in Kinshasa. Some people in West-Africa thought in the beginning that Extra Musica was a splinter-fraction of Wenge Musica 4x4. The succes of the Feux de l'Amour's generique brought Wenge Musica back on the map in West-Africa. I wonder how things would be for Extra Musica in West-Africa, if Wenge 4x4 didn't split after Feux de L'Amour.
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Wenge1995 #3 on: May 17, 2018, 16:53

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@mvulusi96

I heard S.I.P.E. Production didn't have any participation with the creation and promotion for clips for Titanic, Feux de l'amour, and Toujour Humble.

Is that true?

mvulusi96 #4 on: May 17, 2018, 20:21

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@mvulusi96

I heard S.I.P.E. Production didn't have any participation with the creation and promotion for clips for Titanic, Feux de l'amour, and Toujour Humble.

Is that true?

Feux de l’Amour didn’t have videoclips. SIPE just recorded 1 videoclip, which was the Feux de l’Amour. The videoclips of Titanic were recorded by Shabani Records  by them with SIPE doing the distribution and promotion On Internet they recorded just one videoclip which was Jeannette and Damien Dimonekene recorded videoclips 4 years later with SIPE promoting it and doing the distribution. The same for TH in 2001.

Congolitude #5 on: May 17, 2018, 22:51

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@mvulusi95 thank you so much bro for all this information, i wasn't knowing all that !