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Congolese Music / Re: RIP Rigo star
« on: October 30, 2023, 17:26 »
elite guitarist,did a tremendous work for decades i believe his most recent works are with guys like fally,fila basele and guys like that
i  can see koffi giving him a tribute since he is one of the "fathers" of tchatcho even though koffi does not like to share paternity of tchatcho with anybody

RIP Rigo Star misapi ya melodie!

Rigo Star has played on over 300 sessions!!! 8)

Rigo Star is the father of Tchatcho. Koffi himself made a tribute video for Rigo.

Koffi acknowledges Rigo Star is responsible for his career. From when Koffi was in Viva La Musica

Samba Samba, Anibo

In Paris, Koffi and Rigo worked together on
Ngobila, Rue D'Amour, Tcha Tcho du Sorcier, Elle et Moi, Mbalula

Rigo Star's style was very fast with melodies! Melodies you looked forward to listening too

God bless his soul. One of the greatest guitarists ever!

Congolese Music / Offset of Migos dancing to Ndombolo
« on: October 15, 2023, 03:56 »

 ;D ;D ;D

« on: October 15, 2023, 03:54 »
It's very true. When a genre first emerges into the spotlight, it's fresh, new and innovative. The music industry would try to commercialize and strip of it's elements to become more "pop orientated" to fit western standards. That's what's happening to Afrobeats. It started when they started to remix that song with Selena Gomez.

Wizkid is one of the artists to stay true to the Afrobeats sound.

The commercializing has happened to Dancehall, Reggae,  Soca, Soukous, Zouk along many Black genres. It's better for African artists to not fit in and stand out on their own.

Congolese Music / Re: DYNASTIE 2 IS OUT
« on: October 15, 2023, 03:51 »
I'll give this album a listen tonight.

This is why artists need to own their own publishing instead of granting their rights to major labels

Signing the contract to a major label = selling your soul. That's why artists nowadays are going independent start their own instead of being owned.

If Koffi owned his own masters, he shouldn't have a problem releasing the album

Best of luck to Mopao

Congolese Music / Re: CELEO'S NEW ALBUM IS OUT
« on: October 15, 2023, 03:37 »
Celeo's best generique in a long time. Whose the soloist? Drummer?  Crisp guitar riffs. Hard hitting snare drums. Celeo's animations on point.

Celeo should release a video for the generique, so he can receive more promotion for the album.

« on: October 15, 2023, 03:27 »
Decent generique

Catchy synth sound. Where's the guitar though? Are synthesizers taking over? Not complaining, I just notice a trend with most recent releases the keyboard takes over the sebene.

I want to do a game where we can say which stars or musical leaders that we would want to be part and which that we would not want to be part of? It is for all generations. From the Grand Kalle age to Fabregas age?

I will start here.

The stars or musical leaders that I would want to be with
Kester Emeneya, Papa Wemba, Franco, Pepe Kalle, Grand Kalle, Ben Nyambao, Bozi Boziana, Ibrator Mpiana, But na Filet, Ferre Gola, Fally Ipupa, Heritier Watanabe, JDT Mulopwe, Bill Clinton, Verckys, Nyoka Longo, Roga Roga, Shora Mbemba, Soki Vangu, Youlou Mabiala

The stars or musical leaders that I would not want to be with
Tabu Ley, Dr Nico, JB Mpiana, Werrason, Koffi Olomide, Evoloko, Soki Dianzenza, Fabregas, Robino Mundimbu, Blaise Bula, Adolphe Dominguez, Didier Lacoste, Reddy Amisi, Felix Wazekwa, Quentin Moyascko, Madilu System

Now another person come and give their list

Weren't a majority bandleaders selfish and cut throat to their musicians? Not playing their musicians or sometimes abandoning them.

Franco was one of the few bandleaders that fed his musicians. Reason why they remained loyal to him and his legacy post his death. Which other leader comes close to this? Perhaps Pepe Kalle? Pepe Kalle was one of the most charismatic musicians to ever existed.

The late Yogo was poisoned by a woman?  Jesus Christ! "Hell Hath Fury Like a Woman Scorned" rings true.

If a woman cannot have a man or feels threatened by another woman, she'll find a way to catch vengeance.

RIP Dindo Yogo, such a devastating way to die

When you listen to most Afrobeats, most of their musical structure is pop music to fit the radio format. It's a combination of Hip Hop, Dancehall and Nigerian sounds.

The Afrobeats songs that made an impact were those with distinct samples, percussion and rhythm changes. The difference between Afrobeat and Afrobeats is Fela Kuti adapted Funk, Soul and traditional Nigerian music into the African sound to form Afrobeats. 

Congolese Rumba from the 1960's up to the 2000's will the dominant dance music of Africa. It wasn't until Koffi took that criticism of Tabu Ley to the heart that he decided to lessen the number of sebenes. The trend of adding ballad rumbas start to take head in the mid 2000's and now it's the norm.

Notably, there are many forms of rumbas. The common form of rhumba-sebene is verse-refrain-chorus (nkumba is the slow part of the rumba), then the song will do 2 or 3 rhythm changes before the musicians jump into the sebene. This was the formula that made Congolese Music successful for years!

The other forms of rumba is rumba odemba (OK Jazz school-Franco), Rumba-Fiesta (Tabu Ley African Fiesta, African Jazz Grand Kalle, Bantous de la Capitale), rumba sukuma (Wendo Kolosy - Marie Louise) - Rumba Sukuma is the main format of ballad rumbas. Then, you also have Rumba Disco, Rumba Soukous, Rumba Soum Djoum of Tabu Ley, Rumba Rock of Clan Viva la Musica and Folklore Rumba of traditional ethnic groups like Muyene, Batandu, etc

In 2004, Coupe Decale of Ivory Coast started to dominate the dance charts with artists such as the late DJ Arafat, Douk Saga, Kedjevara, the late Erickson Le Zulu, Serge Beynaud etc.

Mind you, Coupe Decale is just a faster tempo of Ndombolo.

Coupe Decale was the dominant dance music of West Africa until the early 2010's. Nigerian artists such as Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and countless others start to launch the airwaves.

The banning of Congolese artists touring in West Africa led to the downfall of Congolese Music. In the 70's, 80's, and 90's, artists/bands such as Pepe Kalle, Aurlus Mabele, Koffi Olomide, General Defao, Zaiko Langa Langa, Extra Musica, Wenges would sell out stadiums, halls and arenas.

Sonically, most Afrobeats songs don't have a sebene. Most Afrobeats songs sound more raw and energetic with a live band versus on studio. So why Afrobeats is popular?

Afrobeats is popular due to the dominance of Nigerians promoting their sound, the English language, videos launched on MTV, BET and on Youtube, plus the consistency of marketing. The importance of marketing is makes listeners aware of the sound, keeps music listeners engaged and creates demand, relevance, reputation and competition.

Can the same marketing strategies help Congolese Rumba of today? Or is the potential dead? If Koffi didn't start the ballad rumba trend, would the dynamics of Congolese Rumba still remain the dominant force as it used to be?

Rest in Peace General Defao. His work ethic in the 90's was outstanding!!!

Special shoutout to Jagger Bokoko. Dynamic lead guitarist who rode with the success of Big Stars. It's sad what happened to him in Germany.

Philly Mbala. Featuring the voices of Djuna Djunana, Reddy Amisi, Luciana Demingongo and Dindo Yogo.

Africa Richesse. This was the debut of Laurent Kadogo on solo; he plays on Yaya Anny. Mboka Liya also features on a couple tracks. Great sebenes on this album!!!

Famille Kikuta 1995 version. His signature song. The 1995 and 1996 versions are the most famous. This album is different because it features Yves Demukuse on solo guitar and Nzenze Mogengo on keyboards. Caen Madoka also plays on a couple tracks like Oniva.

Systeme D. This album is unique because it features Roxy Tshimpaka "Grand Niawou" on solo guitar. Ya Roxy!!! Defao remixes a earlier Choc Stars titled "Yembelina". Bassist Jean Louis Bikunda also plays very good on here. Very rare album!

Dernier Album 95 aka "Solange Remix". This was a remix of the original Solange cassette in 92. One of known albums.

Amour Interdit. This album was a success. New team. We notice atalaku Theo Mbala and guitarist Mboka Liya reappears! Famille Kikuta gets remixed again, this time, it's his most famous version. Madova was also a big hit!

Sala Noki. Ahhhh...this album made him well known in Africa esp. with the generique Animation! Also, this album led to his successful tour in Abidjan, Ivory Coast! Renato Mundele plays on the generique.

We also had Copinage which was a remix to Sala Noki. Mboka Liya playing on the remix of Sala Noki and another track.

Tremblement de Terre. This was recorded in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Guest starring is Bozi Boziana on vocals (Annie) and Awilo Longomba on drums. Mboka Liya shines on this!

Bana Congo Vol. 1 & 2. Recorded in the USA! This was a guest lineup featuring Werrason, Manda Chante, Marie Paul, Djouna Big One, Likinga, Koffi Ali Baba. Also Laurent Kadogo also reappears on solo. The generique "Bana Congo" was also very popular on dancefloors!

Defao had a lot of potential in the 90's! It's sad that Big Stars eventually crumbled in the early 2000's with Montana joining Koffi and Kabose joining Bozi in Film Ebulaki. Defao will always be remember as the King of Ndombolo, an elegant dresser and that voice...a soulful velvet voice that could touch people's heart. We'll miss you!!!


I know I've seen the videos of him dancing with Papa Wemba he said that Papa Wemba teaches him how to sing what is a mystery is Lutchiana disappeared once he settled in Angola.
What kind of trouble was he is doing just curious?

After his band crumbled in Angola, he decided to focus on Kizomba Zouk music. Remember in the 80's and 90's, the Zouk wave also entered the Lusophone sphere as well, but also, you have musicians from Sao Tome e Principe; Guinea Bissau making Rumba Soukous due to Congolese virus, when the marketing was big in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Lutchiana's best song to date is Ekibis. Nene Tchakou remixed Doris's solo superbly. Plus you can't forget the thunderous bass from Ngouma Lokito "le professor" in his prime!


Congolese music hasn't had prestige since 2004. This is due to the late Tabu Ley's critic of Koffi. Unfortunately, this has dethroned the genre of Rhumba (Nkumba).

Congolese musicians should take caution of their mental health before going on stage. We have seen a lot of talented musicians of OK Jazz, Afrisa, Zaiko pass through numerous illnesses. Ya Chiro, Matima, Pompon Kuleta, Pepe Kalle, etc.

Polemic is fucking hilarious. Mon lingala eza petit. However, drama is futile. Competition is engaging and stimulates the creativity of musicians. Just look at Wenge Vs Koffi.

Most soloists are imitating Kapaya instead of discovering their own sound. Innovation is lacking. Creativity is lacking. Lack of catchy solo riffs are lacking. Listen to Nene Tchakou, Ya Luambo, Mboka Liya, Dally Kimoko, Bongo Wende just to name a few, they have memorable riffs. Bongo Wende is one of the special cases because he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Michelino was inspired by AA Jazz guitarists, noted on his Facebook.

The 1970s was the most creative era. Why? Because many bands were being created at once. Verckys were promoting like hot cakes mdrrr.

Lack of promotion. Musicians need to hire promoters that are consistent, charismatic, and focused. Congolese Music always had international potential: Afro Cuban Era, Cavacha, Dance era, Ndombolo, etc. It just lacks the proper promotion to take it further.

Sebenes aren't exciting as they used to be. The sebenes from the 1950s towards the early 2000s had a lot of fervor, passion, and rawness!!!!

Every artist wants to be a solo artist. Not everyone can be a solo artist. Luckily, Fally and Ferre had a stable promoter and took off.

The Afro Latin era produced some of the most simple and rich Congolese music. Listen to the works of the 1960s and '50s.

Bavon Marie Marie was on the road to being a superstar. Sad, he died so early. Michelino took his style.

Aurlus Mabele was the Likolo of Soukous. Toujours Likolo. He was actually a band leader in the 70's. Fronting a orchestra called "Ndimbola Lokole". His energy was unmatched. Plus, Aurlus played percussion. RIP

Congolese musicians should tour a LOT in Latin America and Asia. Why? Cause most Bantu descendants of the Kongo Empire (Congo, Angola, Gabon) were exported to Latin America (Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Brasil). For instance, Tango comes from the Kikongo word - N'tangu. Merengue of DR is Angolan. Rhumba is Nkumba (dancing by the waist).

Franco was the greatest musician coming from Congo. Meaning he put his heart and soul into his passion.

Most Congolese people haven't known that Congolese music has been produced in East Africa and West Africa. Samba Mapangala, Les Mangelepa, Super Mazemba just to name a few aren't well known in Kinshasa. However, the music is delicious and arranged properly. Maybe because in East Africa, Swahili is king. While in Kin, Lingala is widely spoken. My sister-in-law told me this. However, there is more to Lingala and these languages should be promoted.

Vocalist Pompon Kuleta should've capitalized from the Soukous Vibration compilation in the '90s. His vocals played a major role due to producer Ouattara Mamouni. If Ouattara is still alive, I hope we can get an interview of him promoting a lot of Congolese musicians and also making Pompon Kuleta a superstar. Same with an interview of Geo Bilongo, Dr. Sakis ( ;D)

Apart from Dr. Nico, Papa Noel "Ya Nono" is the greatest rumba guitarist. Pay attention to his fingers.

Lokassa Ya M'Bongo is one of the greatest rhythm guitarists Africa has produced. However, Dechaud (Nico brother) pioneered the mi-composed. But the first to play was Jhimmy Zakari of Central African Republic!

I long for the legacy of Zaiko.

Once Nyoka Longo is no more, who will continue the legacy? Lola Muana? Notice how Tabu Ley was gone Dino Vangu decided to reprise Afrisa in Europe. In the US, there was a mini-reunion with Huit Kilos, Dodo Munoko (RIP), Wawali Bonane but unfortunately, the death of Dodo Munoko was a huge blow.

Ageism suffers from generation vs generation. Does the youth even know musicians of the yesteryear? Do they even listen to the music of yesteryear? They may say it's old, but yet our parents are old, but we still listen to them ;D ;D ;D

Congolese Music / New Sebenologies & Drumology
« on: April 28, 2021, 04:25 »
The homie Shaddy is back with new Sebenologies :D.
He said he was particularly inspired by YouTuber Harris for starting the legacy. For the people to acknowledge the musicians who make us dance and reminisce. He believes the spirit of sebene will never die...I agree with him!!!

Djudjuchet "Djudju Music" Pt. 1. !!! Pt. 2 will come soon...

Saladin Ferreira of Soukous Stars!!!!

Alvarito Solo

Baroza Bansimba!!!

Thanks!!! I'll check this out...

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