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Hello guys!

Being in contact with Mboka Liya, I came up with the idea that it would be a great opportunity to learn from somebody who was present at the making of the melodies we like so much, songs that intrument players like me, are desiring to learn, but cannot find a source. On the other hand I experienced he is living in a circumstance that is not worthy for a musician like him.

So I decided to start a project to have him show us how the songs of Wenge Musica can be played, while helping him at the same time to improve his living conditions. When I visited him in the past I experienced he knows the secrets so well, so he would be an ideal source to learn from. As my own funds are limited, I set up a donation initiative.

The details of the project:

- The covered musical period is the time of the classic Wenge and a bit beyond, until year 2000.

- Any amount can be donated by any member. A minimum of 200 GBP has to be reached so that I can start this project. We will record 5-6 videos per session. They will be uploaded to Youtube in FullHD quality once recorded and edited.

- I don't set a target amount for the project, but I would run the donation until there is interest in receiving more videos.

- If the 200 GBP minimum is not reached, I transfer the amounts back to those who had donated.

- You can donate by PayPal, Local Wire Transfer (USA, UK, Germany), or Western Union (the latter one will have a fee if need to be returned).

- The donation will be given to Mboka Liya and will cover a portion of travel costs. Another part of the travel costs will be covered by me, and also I will provide the equipment to record and do the editing.

The nearest time when I can travel to Mboka is March, when I can post the first bunch of videos that month. I hope until then we can reach the 200 GBP minimum.

The sum of donated amounts will be displayed here per season.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, YOU NEED TO SEND ME AN EMAIL TO: MBOKALIYAGUITAR@GMAIL.COM WITH THE TITLE: "WENGE CLASSICS PROJECT DONATION", WRITE ME YOUR NAME, HOW MUCH YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, AND I WILL SEND YOU FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ABLE TO PROCEED.

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Congolese Music / New song by Diblo Dibala on genocide in Congo
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:02 »

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Congolese Music / Some nice sebene from London
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:23 »

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How To Play It / How to play Chagrin Dimone by Choc Stars
« on: July 05, 2017, 13:50 »

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Congolese Music / Zaiko rocking on stage
« on: June 06, 2017, 01:36 »
These people can still make good music


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Old School Music / When Sakis was a good boy
« on: April 26, 2017, 23:27 »
I have a friend, and when I listened to the early album: Salamalikoum by Sakis, he told me: "Oh, this is from the time when Sakis was still a good boy."


So I titled this post with his definition, to intorduce you the song below. It is Yoka Lolembo. A nice rumba tune that I found on his album: Let's Go to Dance from, 1987, when he might still have been a good boy. I have just managed to get hold of this record. The song is a proper rumba, with very nice guitar parts in the style of Bongo Wende, though it is written it is not him who is playing, that made me surprised anyway, but well... And I like the vocals too. All in all, a very well arranged song with nice melodies.

Enjoy!



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A nice tune from the Central African Republic, from followers of the Congolese style, from the 80's. I don't say anything yet, probably you also know them, if not, I share some info. For this, I happen to have some  ;D


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Fans of Zaiko and espacially the style of Popolipo, have fun watching my new video! There are some really useful tricks in this tune.


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Congolese Music / Extra Musica "Reunion"
« on: February 18, 2017, 13:08 »
Found this on the Facebook Page of Oba Label, wondering if they want to record something together again?



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Old School Music / Les Diablotins - A band from Gabon
« on: February 14, 2017, 22:59 »
Don't know too much about this band, apart from that they were from Gabon. They played Congolese style, and I can say they did it well. Here is a great tune from their repertoire:


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Old School Music / International Zaistars with Nene Tshaku
« on: January 27, 2017, 11:04 »
I have just came across this album with Nene Tshaku. It would be good to know more about this group. Does anyone have this album?




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Support / New board: Old School Music
« on: January 13, 2017, 13:00 »
I would like to announce a new addition to our forum: the Old School Music board. It will focus on discussions about earlier periods of Congolese music.

I have noticed comments in the past about that we don't have a dedicated board like this. As a new comment like that appeared again, I decided to agree with DJ Sly and create this board. We intend to make it a place for old music enthusiasts.

Anything you would like to discuss from that era can be posted there, especially if you want to keep your ideas or questions in view longer than in the main discussion board. Early Zaiko stuff, Nico Kassanda, Franco Luambo and other early formations... feel free to discuss about them there with others of the same interest. Of course, if you feel your question would receive bigger attention in the main board, don't hesitate to ask it there instead. Posting in the new board about the mentioned subjects is not an obligation but rather an option.

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CD Shops / Loomengo.com - New Congolese CD shop online!
« on: November 12, 2016, 00:59 »
Compared to what the situation was 6-7 years ago, there are very few shops remaining online selling a wide selection of Congolese titles, especially older releases. Villageafro was one shop like that, serving the needs of fans through years until they closed down sometime around summer this year. Good news to the lovers of the genre: they rebranded their store, and came back online with a new site not very long ago. I have already tested them, and I received what I ordered, the price of a CD that turned out not to be in stock was refunded automatically on the shipment of the rest.

Click here to go to their store:
http://www.loomengo.com


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Congolese Music / Extra Musica photos from the Etat Major tour
« on: September 09, 2016, 19:52 »









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