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Congolese Music / Epitome of our music
« on: April 13, 2018, 14:00 »
Its 4th of July weekend, you’re chilling with your African American girlfriend or wife and her family and some of their family friends. On the way home they ask you to plug the aux cord and play 2 songs from your country because they wanna know more about your culture. What two songs do you play? Would you play one rumba and then one sebenes? Or would you play something from one generation and then something from another generation? When you get home you decide to then show them one videoclip. What videoclip would you pick?

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Congolese Music / The art of guitar
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:44 »
Having a hard time differenciate solo, mi solo and rythmn if somebody could help and point out specific parts or time stamps from specific songs just so I could see the difference between the three. Its very easy to see what a solo is, which is the most important part of the sebene, just having a tough time wrapping my head around mi solo

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Congolese Music / History of our people.
« on: April 06, 2018, 20:14 »
This has nothing to do with music. But maybe it does. Just wondering if anybody knows the history of their people. So for bakongos, lubas, lundas, mongos, tetelas; what is the history of those people. Why is it so hard to find that information anywhere. What made me ask is because someone posted a thread about Extra Musica and it was a video of a concert and the person was asking if it was really Extra. Come to find out it was a guy named Pape God. I ended up checking him out and really liking a particular song that was not in Lingala or even Kongo, it turned out it might have been in Mbochi. And it made me wonder, with me being from Brazza and Mbochis being about a 3rd of the population how come dont we know more about their history, where they came from, if they have relations to Nigeria/Cameroon. And I realized there might be other groups other ndekos might be wondering about. So if you know your history, would you be kind enough to ahare it with us. Preferably if you heard it from your village elder  ;D

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Congolese Music / Leaders de la Nouvelle Generation
« on: April 01, 2018, 20:08 »
The year is 2018 now. I remember a time when the future looked bright and clear. In 98 we pretty much knew who were gonna be the stars of tomorrow. We knew Fally and Ferre were going to be the leaders of the new school. It wasnt about the hype it was clearly about their voices.  In the past 10 years, so from 2008 until 2018, what new artists did you hear that you absolutely wanted to hear more from. Not talking about generiques, just in the last 10 years what new recruits did you hear that made you almost press replay because the sound was too sweet to the ear. For my part I’m trying to remember, the last person that made me look forward to new material was the coming out of Merlin Bouton in the song Jugement. Looking forward to hear you guys’ opinion because I’m not as up to date on what happened in  the last 10 years other than generiques. If its any recruits from bcbg or mm please give us a song title so we can hear the talent, or post the song. My second question is what was the best album in the last 10 years from the newer generation, excluding Fally and Ferre. I know heritier, deplick, robinio, cappucino all came out with albums, was there one that stood out more than the rest? Who else came out with albums from that generation and were they any good?

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Congolese Music / Mbokamosika
« on: March 27, 2018, 21:56 »
Who’s the admin of Mbokamosika. I know the admin gotta be on this website as well. Just wanna give the brother props. Is there any other very informative websites/forums about our culture?

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Congolese Music / Artists and their kids
« on: March 25, 2018, 23:20 »
It took me months to realize Maitre Gims (Djuna Djunana’s son) was actually Dadju’s older brother. And today I found out they got like 10 brothers all over Paris. How do those families usually deal with those situations? Does the father usually take care of all his kids or just some? Is there some kids left behind, and if so do those kids live completely away and cut off from their siblings? Do the kids usually grow up together to some extent or just with their mothers? I know Papa Wemba had about 30 kids, Tabu Ley did as well (Youssoupha I see you), I know Ferre has a bunch. Do you guys know how they make it all work

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Congolese Music / Best voice of all times
« on: March 25, 2018, 16:04 »
Who would you say had the best voice and the most control? I know its a tough question because there are different types of singers but there’s always one or two that stick out

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Congolese Music / Ethnic groups
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:22 »
We’re all against tribalism but its a fact that the colonizers took different groups and hunched them together. Just seen a thread about how Fally is proud to be Mongo and I always hear that. What other ethnic groups are our other superstars from? Just inquiring not trying to start any wars ndekos  ;D

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Congolese Music / Book about the Wenge History
« on: March 11, 2018, 14:48 »

Video in french but I could translate for some of the ndekos if needed

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Congolese Music / Atalaku translation
« on: March 10, 2018, 22:16 »
Could some of the ndeko help decypher some animations for non lingala or kikongo speakers ?

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Congolese Music / The Rumba Kings
« on: March 10, 2018, 01:14 »
https://instagram.com/p/BgHhBBfldwG/
Documentary thats coming out in 2018



Crazy thing about a month ago I was just gonna make a thread about how we should get together and organize a youtube page where we interview legends from yesterday and we make sure to use subtitles because our music is African music. Its not just us anymore, it went much further and beyond our borders. Figured we have to get this on record before most of those legends pass. Happy to see someone had the same idea and ia turning it into fruition. If you guys have any infromation i think they are still requesting rare images and rare moments from that period to add to the finishing product.

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Congolese Music / Best 4x4 album
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:59 »
Bouger Bouger (1988)
Kin E Bouger (1991)
Kala Yi Boeing (1993)
Les Anges Adorables Vol 1
Les Anges Adorables Vol 2
Plein Feux
Pentagone (1996)


I dont find myself to be a big fan of their album catalogue, much bigger fan of their live performances of that time but curious to know what are you guys favorites.

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Congolese Music / Classic albums.
« on: March 08, 2018, 00:52 »
Im from the congo but I was raised in hip hop culture. In that culture we have what we call classic albums like Illmatic by Nas, Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z and All Eyez on Me by Tupac. What would you say are the 5 or 10 classic albums that every one should listen front to back. All generations included.

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Congolese Music / For the BCBG family
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:15 »
Ndekos. Do you guys think that perhaps JB should have went solo-solo instead of going solo-leader of bcbg. I was just watching a live video someone posted on here today of one of his recent live performances and couldnt help thinking how much i think this guy deserves to win as well. While watching it seemed as though JB is a much better singer than bandleader. I could be wrong but it seems as if Maison Mere was bigger than BCBG during the 98-02 period but at the same time I feel that JB Mpiana was bigger than Werrason during that same time. If Im correct wouldnt that mean that JB should have been the first solo artist without a band and that maybe he would have been more succesful. I could see that guy having a career as big as Papa Wemba who I feel didnt always need Viva La Musica.

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Congolese Music / Music of our Parents
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:58 »
What artists of their time did your parents listen to vs what atists of their time did you have to discover on your own.


Im a 90s baby and grew up in a Koffi household. Not much Wenge 4x4 or anything else being played other than Koffi. Little bit of Papa Wemba but no King Kester. At times some Franco but never heard my dad play any Grand Kalle.

As I got older and got more into Wenge I was able to see how much they insipired music of their time and even the Koffi that I grew up on. The more I did my research on our music the more I was able to see how much they got inspired by King Kester.

Still working on brushing up on Grand Kalle classics though, it’ll come in due time.

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