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Congolese Music / Unsung Talent
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:39 »
It's unfortunate that Spino La Djatence never got the chance to really settle in any of the big bands, especially going into the late 90s.

He sounded great with King Kester; check him out 57 seconds into the song. I wonder what made him leave Kester's band? It would have been nice to hear him on Long Histoire!

Although he got left behind during Bercy, it seemed like he had a chance of rejoining the group with the anniversary concert of Quartier Latin but idk why he didn't participate in Effrakata?

Another talent that disappeared quickly was the atalaku Washington of Wenge Tonya Tonya! Last I heard of him, he had a brief spell in Quartier Latin.

 The man had impressive cries, but I can't believe they went with Gessac, Mbuji Mayi, and those other faceless guys...except Ségolene Royale. She did a great job, I can't believe Koffi never promoted the idea of having a female atalaku.

Congolese Music / Women in Congolese Music
« on: May 27, 2019, 09:47 »
Is there any popular female Congolese musicans right now? Maybe I'm not paying attention, but aside from MJ 30 I don't really see anyone else. Even Cindy has not proven herself to stand solo as her previous generation of female singers; Tshala Mwana, Mpongo Love, M'bilia Bel, and to a lesser degree Barbara Kanam.

The last woman in Congolese music to perfectly balance beauty and talent was Pierrette Adams. I loved her earnest vocals and the versatile song approach which kept things consistently exciting. She incorperated hip-hop, folklore, and the sebene heavy animations we enjoyed from other groups.

We also must give credit to her long time arranger, Boncana Maïga of Africando! The sound is breathtakingly beautiful, it still holds up as among the best produced albums from our genre. Just listen to the lush instrumentation of these songs!

Anyone know anything about her or her band? I'm surprised she hasn't gotten a biography yet.

Congolese Music / Some Advice to Fally Ipupa...
« on: May 04, 2019, 07:27 »
Fally needs to work more with Maika Munan, because that man is a fantastic conductor who brings a warmth to the music! I don't know who arranged the music on his recent album Control, but it lacks the attention to detail in the harmonization of the orchestra.

Just listen to the lush guitars and soft percussion on Nyokalessé. Sprinkled throughout the track are random fret slides from the bass guitar and an eclectric guitar solo that  keep the tempo sultry yet energetic!

Maria PM lacks impact because the music is shallow, since much of the instrumental is built on a simple guitar riff, programmed drums, and bass line that's sequenced in a loop.

The only part of the music that's has personality is the keyboard snyths that comes in around the three minute mark. Aside from that is the same loop, you'll hear a faint guitar solo before the song ends...terrible arrangement.

Perhaps Congolese artist should start recording their albums live as opposed to in partcial sequence, because a raw sound gives the music arranger less flexiablility in post-production. As a result of this, the musicians have to work harder to ensure their instruments are tuned appropriately and well phased to studio microphones so that the music remains dynamic.

What do you guys think? If Fally ever decides to try his hand at live recorded music then I recommend the following music arrangers; Sec Bidens or Al Nzimbi. He is already well familar with American music indusry, I recommend he comes here and record with some of our studio personnel.

In the late 90s, General Defao was arguably the biggest star in Africa with Tremblement De Terre and La Guerre De 100 Ans giving him significant exposure throughout the diaspora. Just take a look at the excitement from fans!

The fact that he didn't aggressively seek visas for an extended tour in Europe in 1999 really surprised me. He was more known through Africa than Wenge Musica and Koffi Olomide.

Ahead of him was Papa Wemba and Youssou Ndour, so concerts in Bercy, Zenith, and Olympia were definately a possibility but like I said missed opportunity...

As for Reddy Amisi, he could have been a big leader of an orchestra like Koffi. The acclaim of Prudence should have motivated him and his staff to break completely from Papa Wemba to create a new band (instrumentalist, singers, atalakus, & songwriters).

Remember, it was the relatively mute response to his follow up Ziggy. I suspect the feedback was that people wanted atalakus on his albums, which is why he made the fatal mistake of borrowing Koffi's for Etoile. If he had his own selected crop of atalakus with innovative animations instead of Mboshi/Somono duo, he would be miles ahead in his solo career than he currently is. But as I've mentioned...missed opportunities.

What do you guys think of my analysis? Do you have any artist you're a fan of who missed certain opportunities to be even bigger than they were?

Congolese Music / Ghostwriter of Classic Wenge Rhumba???
« on: April 13, 2019, 07:36 »
Is it true that Desole by Serge Muloso predates Vita Imana by Ferre Gola? It sounds like it, his version flows better lyrically than the Wenge verison that uses more mabangas.

Although the music industry in the American and Europe is increasingly corupt the higher an artist climbs, at least there are comprehensive copyright laws to protect the maturing assests of songwriters and musicans.

Congolese music could have reached the same consumption like K-pop and Latin music if we managed our business with the same sophistication as our artform.

Congolese Music / Anyone remember this concert? Kiekie!
« on: March 29, 2019, 14:54 »
JDT got some serious hand to hand skills, threw that guy into the drum kit! What caused that fight to happen? Werrason ain't a fighter at ALL, he was the first off that stage lmao

Congolese Music / The Mystery of Les Mineurs
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:36 »
If only Koffi maintained Les Mineurs, they could have had similar impact of Quartier Latin after the birth of Academia. Can someone explain the story behind the creation of this group and why Koffi changed his mind about promoting them through a group album? Check out the 10 minute 40 second mark, he could have done a lot with them...even without hiring Hono Kapanga and Gessac.

All I know is that everything went downhill after this concert. I hope the sex was nothing less than heavenly, because Mopao gave her the keys to his band and she wreck the damn thing kiekiekie!

Congolese Music / The Misfortune of Nouvelle Ecrita
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:07 »
Mawa trop, there must be a plauge of bad luck around Wemba and his band whenever they are beset by tragedy; it's always they're most talented members.

The first that comes to mind is Alpachino and his passing from renal cancer. I heard Papa Wemba didn't attend his funeral, is this true? Even though he left in 2007, I thought they maintained good relationship.

@ 9min 53sec for third video

We can't forget about the criminally short career of drummer Deo Sfr, if I remember he died after the release of Somo Trop but why?

Congolese Music / Signature Cultra Pay Vie
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:16 »

Can someone tell me about this album? I heard Felix Wazekwa struggle to put this album together, is this true?

This is the first full project by Felix that I enjoyed, the soloist Hono Kapanga and Bijoux Depaulga really brought personality to the sebene that was generally missing in Sponsor.

In my opinion, Sec Bidens interpreted the popular rhythms of ndombolo without bringing anything special which is why the album was quickly forgotten.

By the way, whose the other atalaku aside from Gessac and Papy? He disappeared rather quickly.

My older sister is a huge Extra Musica fan, I know she has their DVDs. When I see her this weekend, I'll look into uploading them to my channel and forwarding the link to the forum.

In the meanwhile, enjoy friends!

Congolese Music / Who are the atalakus on this generique?
« on: September 24, 2018, 23:15 »

The guitar work and cries here was fantastic, as well as the choreography!

Congolese Music / Translation Please for this Classic
« on: August 23, 2018, 18:09 »
Does anyone mind translating the lyrics to this beautiful rhumba into English? My Lingala is limited.

Congolese Music / WMMM's Mystery Member
« on: October 05, 2017, 20:36 »
You guys remember Michael Tshendou?

I remembered him mostly from his song "Orphelin" from Wenge Musica Masion Mere debut album, he toured alongside them for that album, and even appeared in some of the promotional clips. Following the release of Sololá Bien, the guy quietly vanished and I've always found his tenure in the group sorta odd.

How did he get recruited and why was his stay so short-lived? From all the old footage I've came across, he hardly sang on stage alongside Ferre, Lacoste, and Baby. Thanks guys, first time post!

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