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"music of Madagascar"....LOL LOL....that killed me!! I have no words for you Archos!!
On a serious note...I recently watched some documentary about African music...it ranked Congolese No1 simply because of its stage presence, computer-generated beats can't beat the wizardry of Flamme Kapaya/Tolbert Solo but it all comes down to Congolese artists reverting to "band system" where they join forces to produce the best rather become solo artists who produce the bare minimum!

Incidentally, calling yourself "Robinio" or "Fabregas" is the ultimate proof of complex inferiority ...and producing half-baked Afrobeats just demonstrates how irrelevant they are as "Congolese" artists! On the other hand, I don't believe in 15 mins of Mario/Techno Malewa, a medium has to be found

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Bwana Archos
Julius Caesar once told his soldiers: “I would rather be first in a village than second in Rome”. With that in mind, I somehow sympathise with your view about Congolese (people & media) ignoring local performances but I think you are missing key points:
1)   Popularity is now measured by YouTube views and to a lesser degree IG followers or FB likes. I bet that if given a choice of:
    a.   Performing 1 week at FIKING or GHK or
    b.   10m views on YT within that same week
Fally, Ferre etc would opt for (b)
2)   Afrobeats in its various guises is IMH far easier to compose and produce than Congolese music, 3-4 mins of Afrobeats is catchy and easier to dance than 10 mins generique (with 5 mins of mabanga!!). Yemi Alade’s “Johnny” has 112m views, that’s probably 3-4 times the COMBINED views of Koffi, JB, Werra, Ferre & Fally!! This probably explains Fally’s obsession of getting “international” recognition (however you define it) and paying for YT views.
3)   Diaspora: Nigerians, the proponents of Afrobeats, are busy promoting their music, aided by Africa’s largest diaspora and being the most populous country on the continent. Meanwhile, Congolese have soit-disant combattants, QED.
4)   Kinshasa is no longer the Mecca of African music; if anything, Congolese is music is perceived as archaic, something to play for the over 50s! I recently hosted & DJed a NY party, we had about 60 people, with Westerners and mix of Africans (from all parts of the continent), Awilo & Innoss B were the only Congolese artists I could play!!

In summary, Congolese music faces an existential threat, anyone with a laptop can produce a 3 mins hit that once viral will eclipse all the achievements Congolese have made over the last 6 decades. DRC’s neighbours now have their own artists and look up to Afrobeats for inspiration. I hope Ndombolo will find a messiah until then we are truly in the era of Afrobeats.

PS: Nigerians always feature with each other, all in the name of promoting their music & culture, meanwhile Congolese artists are busy fighting each other over crumbs. Imagine the explosion of Fally & Ferre doing another Wake Up. Or consider if Koffi re-assembling the old QL or best of all if WM 4x4 reunited for an album & tour, just imagine!!

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Thank you all for the kind feedback!

The autotune (vocal correction) is exaggerated on purpose throughout the song to show distinction through the song , some parts like the chorus it’s more apparent!  My new single my vocals will have less of the “autotune effect” and more of my voice ????????????????
thank you for responding, big up for all the hard work and of  craftsmanship! I checked out your YouTube page and you got excellent clips!

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Do you have a non autotune version? The beat is great but autotune sucks!

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Congolese Music / Re: BONNE ANNÉE 2020
« on: December 31, 2019, 21:07 »
Happy New Year to all of you

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For me, this is Koffi at his finest hour!? How I wish 90s Koffi could come back? C’est la vie

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Congolese Music / Re: DANCE YA CHARISME BY PAJO BCBG
« on: July 15, 2019, 23:25 »


JDOG you might like this also,from 14 20

But why waste so much energy and efforts only to release after 10 years? Who knows Fusi, who knows Tolbert??? All good artists but have 0 promotion by JB.
EMO...I guess JB could quote Louis XIV and claim "BCBG, c'est moi"

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Congolese Music / Re: BONNE ANNÉE 2019!!!
« on: January 01, 2019, 14:49 »
Bonne annee 2019 a tous mes amis de Congo Vibes!
Happy New Year to all my Congo Vibes!

To Shamala, EMO, Sly and other BCBGists, may JB drop BDM -we can at least hope!?

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I mean no offence to anyone but didn't JB sing about this some 18 years ago?

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

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Congolese Music / Re: Congolese and Tidal!!!
« on: November 24, 2018, 08:48 »
can you play music for free on Tidal? I downloaded Spotify once and it took over my computer with commercials which made me delete it.

Tidal has 2 subscriptions, depending on where you are , they are:
1) £/€/$ 9.99: “premium” service and
2) £/€/$ 19.99: "Hifi" lossless

I am not trying to be obnoxious but to expect something for free and then complain that "commercials overtook your computer" is a bit disingenuous!

I have tried Tidal on 2 occasions and there is no denying the sound quality of lossless music but I find the price to be prohibitive. Besides, I am so used to Spotify, have built my own playlists and to top it all Spotify is packaged in my phone contract -don't pay directly. With that mind I don't find Tidal's lossless to be a compelling argument

Hope that helps

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Congolese Music / Re: Forum Member News: I Got Married Saturday
« on: October 18, 2018, 16:47 »
Congrats and wishing a blissful married life with the Queen of your castle

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Congolese Music / Re: FALLY IPUPA - ECOLE (OFFICIAL CLIP)
« on: July 31, 2018, 18:29 »
Kkkkkkk relax man 1000000 views within a month means a lot in Africa and Congo after all other fellow DRC musicians who released earlier than Fally and they are not even on half of that........ If you think YouTube views mean nothing you don't understand the concept of art lol.Let the Great King represent DRC
So PSY it is a better artist than Michael.Jackson because he has 3 billion views on his video? Lol come on

Congolese music reached all the shores pre Internet/YouTube era, it was the de facto "African music" but it has now been reduced to who has most YouTube views. Very sad when you can buy these views with bots for $100

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Congolese Music / Re: FALLY IPUPA - ECOLE (OFFICIAL CLIP)
« on: July 31, 2018, 18:08 »
Good example but it doesnt work on this one cause Fally has both views and good music lol, but if all of his videos (PSY)  have more views than all Michael Jackson's videos am afraid that's so lol
Argumentum ad populum is logical fallacy!!!
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum

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Congolese Music / Re: BM ROSALINA FIRE SONG
« on: July 13, 2018, 13:13 »
Mazambi, thanks for sharing! This is powerful stuff, sweet guitar too. This is the beautiful Congolese music I know

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Congolese Music / Re: BDM is finally out
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:50 »
Archos,
Yeah it has been a long time indeed.
I do follow the forum (at least once week) but don't comment as TBH there isn't much newsworthy in Congolese music!

Yes we get the occasional Se Na Se but on the whole Congolese music has declined, we have 4th Gen veterans resting on their laurels and 5th Gen led by someone obsessed with taking selfies with LA former-have-beens while the other proclaimed himself to be "imperator" while producing monotony after monotony.

As for JB...I can either lose my mind and curse him every day like our friend EMO or I can relax listening to his classics while every birthday I make a wish for BDM/Chemin de Fer to be released...Guess which option I chose!?


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