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Congolese Music / Re: Anyone with this album please?
« on: April 24, 2018, 18:37 »
Please people of God anyone with this album share with...I really love the little man.

This little man is the one that made Koffi so jealous. Koffi is reported to have torn Suzuki's Passport to stop him from travelling with QL on tour.

I remember around the 1996/97 era Koffi came to Perform in Nairobi, the Fans demanded to hear Suzuki and kept chanting his name.
Koffi tried to explain that Suzuki could not come this trip and promised to bring him the next trip, the fans then told him they would attend his show the next trip. Tough times for Koffi.

Stilla is my favourite Suzuki song from the QL album Faux de Faux Pas....

over the decades,we've had a loooooot of popular dancers,i randomly say mukonyonyo,pomper kijection,madiaba,kwassa kwassa,mayeno,suabiwutu,ndombolo,kisanola,nkila mogrosso,boma liwanza,mutuka munene.... which one would you love to see some sort of remake again and go viral?

Chaku libodass and Mokom nyon nyon

The other issue is that is other cultures have taken a lot from Congolese music but without giving proper credit. A Colombian band literally made a start-to-finish remix of Extra Musica's "Etat major" and it has more views that Extra's original.

I appreciate that they appreciate our music, but still they should indicate somewhere that this is a remix.

Indeed Matebu,

I do not know why Colombians do that,
The most embarassing was the Shakira Rip of the World Cup tune " Its Time for Africa".

It created such a big fuss she the World Cup Organisers had to acknowledge the Cameroonian troupe that originally composed the tune and had to pay some good money to avoid a PR disaster.

They should make an effort to contact the original composers and give credit.



Now You are talking!!

The QL Lineup of Vocalists in this album, will never be surpassed in my opinion. Koffi got the mix of vocalists absolutely tuned for the songs. The guitarists are legendary and the arrangement is top-notch.

In my Opinion this was the height of Koffi as a musician and he defined the era at this point in time.

Classic Tcha-Tcho...

« on: March 20, 2018, 06:30 »
Happy birthday to the greatest composer and band manager this genre has ever seen.

It's quite telling how he looks better and is in better health than the old Ok Jazz members who still live in Europe.

This man is the  greatest example one can give African Musicians to emulate :

1. He managed the Kin TPOK Jazz faction very well
2. Loyalty to Franco was unquestioned
3. Never entered any controversy, preferring to leave OK to  those who wanted to fight over it
4. Very respected by all musicians,  I have never heard a bad word said about him in the forty years I have followed TPOK

May he live to be a Hundred years!

Happy Birthday Le Poet Papa Lutumba

 ;D ;D

Atalakus in Soccer, What will they do next?


Ah! Matebu...

That Tsiane is Vintage Koffi!

This was when Koffi Olomide was singing.

Nolstagia Manenos.

Congolese Music / Re: Music of our Parents
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:49 »

Started off Listening to dr. Nico Kassnada in 1973 then Orchestre Lipua Lipua and the Editions Veve Clan in 1974
Moved on to Les Mangelepa and super Mazembe Late 70's
Discovered the Grand Maitre Franco in 1981, and his rival Tabu Ley

In the 90's followed Zaiko Langa Langa (Nyoka and Familia Dei), Pepe Kalle and Kanda Bongo Man

I have also followed the career of Koffi Olomide from Papa Bonheur until V12.

On Wenge I followed them from Les anges Adorable Vol1 up to the split.

In 2000's I have followed Papa Wemba till his untimley death.

Congolese Music / Re: Kaps Kapangala
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:17 »
Champion Kaps Kapangala, “L’homme à la Rolls et la Ferrari”

Just a rich donor from London/Paris who was paying big money in the late 90’s-00’s. Him and Laurent Lorenzo na London paid hella money to help fund Effrakata. Werra’s song Suprise Kapangala is probably my favorite Werra WM 4x4 song cause he sung so well.

And here I was singing this song over and over again...

That album was the ultimate.
It created a huge bang in Eastern Africa and the group was in great demand for several years. Held several sold out concerts all over East Africa.

I still play the CD just to remember the Good old 4X4 Days.

« on: February 06, 2018, 13:11 »
indeed technically between the elders ofclan wenge et the generation of fally ferre  there is what i call the uno named generation of papa wemba's writers started with koffi who always refused to fit in any of the  generation,desi mbwese,abeba lipordo,wazekwa,karmapa
age wise karmapa is turning 60 this year but popped out when we were at beginning of that wave of fally ferre and co

There is a puzzle with such musicians. Take for example Wazekwa:

He used to write songs for Papa Wemba and Koffi before he started performing. should we call him on 3rd Generation because of his writing or should he be 4th Generation because that is when they started their own careers?

Each generation has a set of musicians that transition from one generation to the next....

« on: February 05, 2018, 16:58 »
1st generation wendo,paulo kamba and co
2nd grand kalle,tabuley franco and co
3 generation zaiko (from wemba bozi nioka longo and co to koffi karmapa wazekwa) plus empire bakuba and co
4 generation wenge,laviniora esthetique and co
5 generation of ex members of wenge offshots and quartier latin and co

the concept of 5th generation came from alain mpela
and people are even already calling a 6th generation which would be deplick and co those who have max 5 years of solo career

Actually Grand Kalle was the first Generation, in fact in the LP that Franco and Tabu Ley sang to Eulogise Kalle, they sang that Grand Kalle is the father of modern Music in Congo. ( the LP with Ngungi, I think).

On the others, you are spot on!
There seems to be a way of handing over the baton from One generation to the other:
Grand Kalle was the band leader from Whence Franco, Tabu Ley and Dr. Nico got their base and inspiration. They then formed the basis of what was to be the second Generation.
From TPOK we had Vercky's Kiamuangana who broke off and started a series of groups on his Editions Veve like Lipua Lipua, Orchestre Kiam, Les Kamale and of course the group Ziko Langa Langa which raised the bar higher. From Zaiko and the clan Langa Langa off-shoots we had the likes of Bozi Boziana, Papa Wemba, Evoloko, e.t.c.

It was Zaiko Langa Langa who gave a platform to Koffi Olomide, and he was later to form the bridge leading to the fourth
Generation prominently dominated by Wenge Musica 4X4. Wenge 4X4 also inspired a host of other groups ( all Musica like Extra Musica, Bilenge Musica) and of course Wenge Musica 4X4 itself broke off into several other off-shoots.

I would say the fifth generation is currently in formation, with Fally, Werre and co the bridge between the fourth and Fifth Generation.


I like the song, the videos isn't that good compared to his other videos.

Was it me or did I see a goat coming to school at the beginning?

Anyway, Good sound and the beat is catching.

« on: January 22, 2018, 13:20 »

Pole Sana!

I read of the incident in the dailies, I hope the Kenyan Government takes up the matter with the Government of South Sudan.
The last time we had such an incident it took four years for the Kenyans to be released and even then after a lot of intense pressure both on social Media and Local media and personalities.

I Pray for his safe return home...

Congolese Music / Re: Nice acoustic piece from 1993
« on: January 16, 2018, 17:30 »

Nolstagic tune.

There is something about the acoustic guitar and a good tune.....

I’m shocked it’s this low... this means lots of African artists are making peanuts. Well if they’re even making anything, with all the dead production houses that came back to make streaming money. Now I really see why concerts and tours are vital

You are right Matebu.

For a musician, the only profitable revenue stream is live shows. At least with that the musician can get to negotiate a rate for appearance, get paid a serious deposit to mobilise and a  balance after the show.

With the current ease of pirating and casual copying of music, I am surprised if artists are depending on these revenue streams. Unless a song goes very seriously viral ( talking millions of views) there is not much to be made especially a group like the typical African group which has  a very large number of musicians and splitting the revenue makes it even worse.

Hence why the lack of shows in Europe has taken a serious toll on the groups.

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