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Congolese Music / Who was the animator here?
« on: February 26, 2020, 00:07 »
I wonder who was the guy doing the animation in this song? It seems to me as if I could hear him on the album Revaloriser by Familia Dei:

Congolese Music / Combattant talking about something
« on: February 24, 2020, 20:47 »
I have just found this video:

So far I thoght combattants are angry with musicians because they praise corrupt politicans back home. But seeing the Zairean flag behind the guy, I am thinking about maybe the fact that they are angry is because the musicians who remained at home are not loyal to Mobutu and the Zairean clan any more but to the new president, Kabila and his successor.  So what is the situation actually? Are they motivated by humanitarian or political reasons?

Congolese Music / Dany Engobo - Le Baobab
« on: February 21, 2020, 00:39 »
I saw the trailer of this album back in 2014/15, but forgot about it afterwards, I thought these songs haven't been released in the end. But I have just checked Dany's Spotify library, and it was there. So this album is called Le Baobab, and it has some really nice sebens. Check them out if you haven't done so:

I guess the solo was played by Diblo Dibala. The quality is much better on Spotify.

Congolese Music / What is Durell Loemba talking about here?
« on: February 19, 2020, 22:56 »

CD Shops / Old Congolese and African records
« on: January 09, 2020, 19:34 »
If you are interested in Congolese or other African music from the countryside played around the 50's, check this out! This is a website that has lots of records from that era, full of valuable traditional and acoustic guitar music:

I have just came to these publications recently. The have been available from the Smithsonian Music Library for purchase in mp3 format for a long time, but have just found they are also available on CD and LP now. I have many tracks already that are listed on them, and I can recommend them to anyone who are interested in acoustic Congolese guitar music of the 50's. If you browse the website I link at the third place, you can find many more interesting publications, too:

I am mostly interested in pre 2005 Congolese releases, so I don't really follow the newest artists. I know about the opposition between J.B and Werra, but do not know about any opposition like this between recent artists. However from the debates that happened recently, it seems to me there are things like that. But maybe I just misunderstood it, and there is no opposition between artists recently, only between fans. Even if it is so, let me know which group of fans do you belong to? Which artist do you support the most? I see Manzambi did not like Fabregas, but I do not know whom he preferred. Who do you prefer personally? So let me know which clan you belong to. Your answer will have no negative consequence, just asking to be able to draw a kind of statistic.

CD Shops / Africtempo
« on: January 04, 2020, 19:28 » has been around for a while. They have quite a few interesting titles, some of which are already out of stock elsewhere. And prices are quite acceptable.

CD Shops / Fans Of Congo Webstore
« on: December 29, 2019, 19:14 »
If you wonder where you can find many Congolese releases on CD or DVD recently, check this place, they have a large stock:

« on: December 27, 2019, 17:22 »
Hi everyone!

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Congolese Music / Should the ban be released for anastasio?
« on: December 21, 2019, 21:50 »
I, as the admin, banned asnastasio, I gave my reasons here:

Some members however feel I was strict. So let me know your opinion, and case it is so, I don't mind giving anastasio a last chance.

The voting is anonymous.

Congolese Music / Album artwork achive
« on: December 09, 2019, 22:59 »
Hi all!

I have noticed that posting album artwork became quite popular here in the forum recently, so I decided to discuss it in a bit more detail. I do not mind this activity, I am glad that you feel like sharing all this stuff. Unfortunately here in the forum, legally we have no chance to make a separate section for album artworks. However, this would be the optimal solution, so every stuff could be found easily in one section. Recently, I am very busy, but I will try to find a solution, like making a space available for this artwork at a third party site that we can link here, a space where you can share the scans easily. Until then, having no better option, follow the directions here:

The Admin

Hello guys!

Shabere, whom you may not know very well, was the guitarist of Renato Mondele and his band: African Ngwasuma in London. Though I don't know too much about his background in Congo, but being the manager of the band, I knew him well, and I can tell he was a very talented guy. What I really liked about him was that he was so authentic. His art represented something that was true Congolese. Though he is gone, his music remains with us, and I am glad that on the forthcoming album of the band, some very nice pieces of his creativity will be heard. I also managed to capture him on camera at his home 2 years ago, where he showed some guitar tricks, that I will upload in the future sometimes, and that will be really helpful to others.

Sadly, in spite of being creative, his life was not easy, and unfortunately he did not leave anything after himself, property or money. Actually he was in hospital in the recent year. At the moment, we are raising funds to be able to bury him.

I would appreciate if you could support our mission, and make a donation.  I am planning to raise 1000-2000 GBP for the purpose. if you could help in that, it would be great. Any amount would help, even if it's just a few pounds or dollar.

You can send donation to the PayPal account of the band leader, Renato Mondele to:

You can send money to my bank account as well. I have different currency accounts for EUR, USD, GBP and other currecies, request details from me in a private message. Maybe we I have an account in your country, and that way it means less fees for you.

Alternatively you can your donation by Western Union to me, request for my details in a private message, too.

I will report the level of the donated sum here every day in a comment. The donated cash will be given to Renato who is dealing with the process of the burial. We will make some photos of the burial as well so you can see we could make it happen.

You can donate in person as well at Maestro Bar if you live in London, see the details on this flyer below:

Finally, some videos with Shabere:

He is the guy singing Shabacika in the beginning and then playing on stage:

Here he plays bass in the studio:

Thank you in advance!

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