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Congolese Music / JF Ifonge speaks with Ingrid Kabongo
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:56 »

Unfortunately I did not get a chance to watch the whole thing but someone can translate for those who want to know what is being said here

If Fally Ipupa and Koffi Olomide did a album, one song that they must do is Ngobila. They should add the voice of Suzuki.

Fally Ipupa, Koffi Olomide and Suzuki will sound perfect together. They will sound like flowers like Koffi sounded with Josky and Madilu on this live work of Ngobila.

This will be Koffi Olomide, Fally Ipupa and Suzuki if they decided to sing together especially on the song Ngobila.

Congolese Music / One song that Koffi should remix
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:09 »
This song right here. He can get new animators and remake this song. It is a very good song. He has new singers and they can sing this and Koffi can sing in his way.

Listen to this song. You will dance.

When I heard the voices of Wemba and Emeneya in this video, I was weeping because I realized how perfect their voices were for one another.

Kester Emeneya as a second voice kind and Papa Wemba as a first voice kind together made a delicious harmony in Congolese music. There two men that were meant for each other. That was Kester Emeneya and Papa Wemba. Unfortunately they had too big of egos. Had they kept their egos under control, then they could have made a duo album and it would have been bigger than Papa Wemba's Wake Up Album with Koffi Olomide. I can assure you of that.

It could have a harmony like this song here

This video also shows my point.

Look from 47:10 to 56:46

Just look great it was with them together for their harmony moments.

It is so sad that Kester Emeneya and Papa Wemba did not sing together more often as they were a perfect duo in my humble opinion.

Congolese Music / Another interview from Somono
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:43 »
Here is the interview

Old School Music / This is good song from Marquis Original
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:31 »
Hear this love song by Marquis Original. Clara is a classic in my ears. Wimbo mzuri sana kwetu. Sasa tunacheza kabisa. Kabisa tunaishi mzuri kwa wimbo huyu ichezea.

Yes Celeo Scram makes the claim that Fally and Sankara were never "real friends" but Sankara was a strong of him, Deplick Pomba and Kadjos. REALLY? I find that very hard to believe. I doubt that Sankara and Celeo Scram could ever been friends especially that both are too aggressive. While I believe Celeo on most things with Fally Ipupa and Werrason as well as Maison Mere affaires, I find laughable to say that Fally and Sankara were not friends but Celeo was buddies with Sankara De Kunta. Nonsense. Celeo also says that Fally and Sankara are friends for publicity. Come on Celeo. Sankara and Deplick make sense together but never Sankara and Celeo together.

BTW Fally and Sankara were members of Flash Success and they make sense because they could complete one another. That is the truth.

He says this in this interview: 43:22 to 44:09


This Vincent is too obsessed with Werrason, it is very creepy.

I am going to do a little controversial thing. I have been listening to some Koffi songs. I feel that they are two members that would have been perfect fit into Empire Bakuba. I know one QL member did sing with Pepe Kalle who was Laudy Demingongo. But they are two QL members that would have fitted well into the music of Empire Bakuba and be great with Pepe Kalle's smooth voice.

They are three people. Here they are.

I would say Bouro Mpela, Suzuki 4x4 and Modogo Abarambwa. These men would have fitted well under the style of Empire Bakuba. When I listen to their vocals, I wonder if Pepe Kalle was a little more ambitious then he could have gotten these men into his band because they would have added a more youthful element into Empire Bakuba especially when Wenge Musica was on the rise during the 1990s.

With Suzuki, he could be the middle singer with Blaise Matadidi in a song like Mwana Mobowa or Djouna's song Keba na Mopepe, because Suzuki would have made the songs have more breath into the vocals with Blaise's simple high vocals and Pepe Kalle's strong baritone vocals or he could sing low if he sang with Djodjo Ikomo and Blaise Matadidi or German Kanza. Suzuki could have been a great fit for Pepe Kalle and Empire Bakuba.

With Bouro Mpela, he would bring in a more softer version of Evoloko Jocker because Pepe Kalle loved Evoloko's voice (I don't know why since his voice is a joke at best). Yes there was Desouza Santu but Desouza sounded more like Evoloko but with a little vibrato. Bouro would be able to sing the high notes with more softness in a more controlled than Evoloko could have ever had dreamed of. Yes Bouro's voice can be a bit raspy but with Pepe Kalle, it would have been more controlled. He would be a great fit sing high with the middle range of Djodjo Ikomo's middle range with Pepe Kalle's lower range. Think of songs like  Saravejo Continue and Lisola. Bouro Mpela would be the greatest fit for Empire Bakuba.

With Modogo, he is much more a lower range or a high bass or low baritone singer. He would make some Pepe Kalle fans happy because some argue Pepe Kalle would be better singing the middle or slightly high baritone than the low baritone that we were accustomed with him. That is where Modogo would fit perfectly. He has a little more smoother voice than Pepe had and has a more finessed vibrato than Pepe had. I think he would be great as a the low range singer with Pepe in the middle with German Kanza as the high range man. Think of the songs like Guy Guy Madimba and Chou. Modogo would have been a excellent fit for Empire Bakuba.

What do you guys think?

Pepe Kalle did a few songs with Bozi Boziana. BTW they were members of Papa Noel's La Bamboula. They sounded very alike and yet made memorable harmonies. Enjoy them here.

Congolese Music / Fally Ipupa gives a press conference
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:55 »
Watch the press conference of Fally Ipupa

Congolese Music / Pepe Kalle Zambia 1992: Some moments
« on: November 28, 2018, 13:46 »
Pepe Kalle the undisputed king of Soukous goes to Zambia to give some fun. EMOVICTEAM say something. I am sure you were there. Hehehehe

It has been 20 years since Pepe Kalle left us. I was five years old when he passed away. I am a big fan of his songs and his incredible voice. It hits me hard to know that he was only 46 years old when he passed and just two days before what would have been his 47th birthday. So much has happened in the Congolese music scene and also Empire Bakuba is not the same anymore and there are conflicts among the Empire members.

Pepe Kalle was under a lot pressure during the 1997-1998 period because some of his staff members wanted him to get "younger people" into his band since most of the members were older. This was due to the success of Clan Wenge and they wanted Pepe Kalle to reach the fans of the Clan Wenge crowd. To make this happen, he got Lofombo and Kinanga Boeing 737 to get young guns to create a sub division called Delta Force which creates a major rift with Dilu Dilumona and Papy Tex. Already their relationship starts to crack a little but now it gets slightly worsened. But still they got their acts together and Papy goes to France to set another tour for Empire Bakuba. Pepe Kalle gets demands of projects coming up when he is preparing his final album Cocktail. Pepe Kalle has a lot of stress so he decides to meet with Nyboma in USA or Kinshasa (not sure) before he stays in Kinshasa for months and then Madilu comes from JPS to inform Pepe Kalle that JPS wants a duo album between him and Madilu. Pepe Kalle agrees but he wants to get Cocktail finished and promote it then he will come to do the duo song or duo album. Pepe Kalle starts with Nyboma first since they are closer and the songs are nearly done as they would have met in France in February, March or April 1999 had Pepe lived longer and then I guess by Summer 1999, he would have met with Madilu in Paris also to get their album started and finished. Nyboma was going to be the main producer behind both projects.

I say February to June 1999, because apparently according to Papy Tex, Pepe Kalle was going to get treatment for his obesity and Pepe Kalle was preparing for that treatment before he died. I guess it would have been between January 1999 to February 1999 or March 1999 depending how the treatment would have went had Pepe lived longer.

BTW for the projects here are the musicians whom I think would have appeared (only possibility)
Solo Sita
Rigo Star
Lokassa ya Mbongo
Ngouma Lokito
Desouza Santu
Biya Chante
Wuta Mayi
Ballou Canta
and others

Who knows how these albums would have been had Pepe Kalle lived longer. It sucks that we will never know since Pepe Kalle died on November 28, 1998.

What is Koffi's motive for the 32nd anniversary party? I wonder after seeing some of this interview.

I don't what is going on. I thought Koffi was tight with Werrason but then again, these musicians are little babies. Who knows.

Did Werrason ask Koffi to remove Ferre Gola's name from his poster or what? I know Werrason and Ferre Gola hate each other. If Ferre goes to the Koffi (I doubt but possible) then will Werra consider Koffi a enemy again?

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