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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 / Re: COMORIAN FANS
« on: February 25, 2020, 23:08 »
Lol, I have just realised the Comores is not even in the West Indies :D

Congolese Music / Re: COMORIAN FANS
« on: February 25, 2020, 23:04 »
In the West Indies Congolese Music is popular, just like in Columbia.

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 »

Congolese Music / Re: Old photo of Lengi Lenga and Nyoka Longo
« on: February 18, 2020, 00:41 »
I think he is still a pro-Mobutu. He talked about something that the "president" had an anniversary or such a few years ago that he commemorated. And many other musicians from those decades, too. However to Nyoka Longo personally I forgive this. His work as an artist is enormous. You can debate whether he could be a better boss, but it is a serious achievement that he can still keep his band on the Congolese track under such trends that we experience.

Congolese Music / Re: Old photo of Lengi Lenga and Nyoka Longo
« on: February 15, 2020, 20:11 »
At the best years of the band.

I watched the interview, LOL I understand now why Arafat became an atalaku. He has such a high pitched speaking voice. I never heard him speaking yet, and the guy doesn't seem to be in bad shape. Well, I am really looking into with what they will come up. Unfortunately Quentin most of the time appears then disappears, I hope their new work will be accessible in the near future not just next year or even later.

I think Arafat was the best atalaku of Extra Musica, I can't recall a song where his animation was boring. Back in the days when he was a member of the group, if I had a band and needed an atalaku, if he applied, I would have licensed him with confidence knowing the deal can't go wrong. But significant time has passed, I wonder how his voice can perform after so many years. I really wish him success.


Extra Musica Nouvel Horizon has taken subtle shots at Roga Roga with their generique, but have largely kept the split largely civil. This is not like previous polemiques where they were sending open shots in interviews and music which hypes the fans as well as musicians to prove a point. We'll see Roga's response...

I doubt we could see any improvement due to the split from Roga Roga. Those days when Extra was big has gone, musicians are much more lazy nowdays. And the group Roga Roga will have to work with now is very very different from the one he started with in the middle of the 90's. I find that group was much more ambitious than his group today. Possibly because being a band member was much more tempting back then. Today everyone is heading for going solo.

What I do not understand is, that if Sonor was behind departures, why did Papy Bastin rejoin him not Roga Roga?

"He never reached that level again. "

I agree. This album turned out to be perfect, and it is the peak of the career of Extra Musica. Etat Major is close to this, but not that refined like this one. La Main Noire could have been as good as this album, if Roga would have composed more exciting sebens on that album, and would have skipped the Salsa tracks from that album. Because La Main Noire has many very good moments anyway, but overally not as exciting as Trop C'est Trop.

Roga is a lazy guy and is wasting his talent. He is still living from the past fame of Extra Musica. He has the talent and creativeness to do exceptional albums, but Trop C'est Trop is the only one that really turned out to be professional all through. It's a shame, and he should devote more time to composing than playing the boss. He thinks he is big, but he is only big because Extra Musica was big 20 years ago. In this sense I have much more respect to Nyoka Longo and some other musicians, because at least he is trying to do his best every time since the foundation of Zaiko. There were low moments in that band, but you see the fire flaring up again and again.

Is it normal that the sound of etat major is poor? (I have tidal btw)

The CD is good quality, I can confirm as well.

I didn't even notice the Autotune, LOL

What you mention as addition wouldn't hurt, however even like this they could get on well in case they would hire a music artistic director, who arranges the ideas a bit. This could apply to many other Congolese produtions, too. Very often I feel the good ideas are there but they should be selected and arranged.

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