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« 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.


The Victoria Elleison Generique sounds very Good!

Clearly the team is maintaining the standards.

I Like it....

Many bands today couldn't play with this expertise and technical perfectness. I love how the chorus sounds, these people were very good singers.

You are Right Bencuri:

You will have to travel a bit to get a group that can perform or compose like this nowadays.
So much of today's music is mabanga and  little of lyrics with any kind of message.
Also the group mixing horns, guitar and vocals to such effect is rare.

Consider this Hit - Mimba to illustrate my point :

Happy New Year 2018 - Hope to dig up some classics in the new year...


There are some classics from Zairean Musicians that get the old bones creaking when they are played today.
The hits below managed to create Christmass cheer in Nairobi and East Africa in the 70's.

The First one in the list is by the Father of Zairean Music in East Africa.

Baba Gaston ( Ilunga Wa Ilunga) is arguably the most influential man who brought Zairean musicians to East Africa through his group Orchestre Baba National. Through him groups like Mangelepa, Bwambe Bwambe and others came to the Centre of Music in East Africa looking to make their mark.

This hit was done in the Mid 70's, I think 1975 (Apologies for the poor sound due to age )

Kakolele Viva Christmas:

Here is an incomplete but better copy :

The vocalist in this song I think is Kasongo Wa Kanema who came to East Africa through Baba National. Kasongo and the whole crew left Baba National to form Orchestre Bwambe Bwambe and after that group disintegrated he went on to join Super Mazembe.

I will try and get to do a feature of Ilunga Wa Ilunga later.

The second hit is by Samba Mapangala's Les Kinios called Furaha ya Christmas done in 1977 :

Orchestre Jobiso was not strictly a Zairean Band. It was an off-shoot of  Tanzania's Simba Wa Nyika. One of the three founders of simba Wa Nyika formed Jobiso after the fallout.

Enjoy !!

I am guess this was in 1980 when Samba left the band, right?

This was  Maybe 1979, but it could also be early 1980.

By the way, Samba was never in Les Mangelepa.

Samba Mapangala was  the Founder of Les Kinois until 1980 when he left to start Orchestre Virunga.

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