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Congolese Music / Re: Renato Mondele & Padou Machine X
« on: February 04, 2023, 10:35 »
Renato is in London, sometimes releasing tacks with Mboka Liya helping with studio work. I have been working on an album with him but at the moment it is on hold because of lack of money.

He tells me about Padu Machine sometimes, but I rarely hear about him. He is doing something in London, too. But none of them is fulltime musician now, they have civil jobs as main source of income. But Renato plays every weekend at Maestro Bar in London. Mboka Liya is also there most of the time on Fridays.

Super!  8)

It is sad to see he is not talking about the real problems which is not witchcraft, but rather selfishness and everybody wanting to be the boss. This is not the way to run a successful band. Musicians are going more for success nowdays than doing quality thing. What matters is having the album not how the album sounds. Now, in that circumstance it is not a surprise the culture is declining. There was witchcraft in the 60's, 70's and 80's as well, the music scene was not like today even so.

Congolese Music / Re: The sebene of this Bozi song was to short
« on: January 04, 2023, 16:38 »

from 4:37

Its because of this song that Bozi got nominated at the Kora Awards '99 and winning the price as 'Best Male Artist of Central Africa'

I had the exact same opinion about the sebene when I listened to that song long ago.

I haven't noticed this up to know. Very interesting to see how the music sceen looked like in the 80's, the circumstance our favourite bands opearated in, the nightlife and local gigs, that we rarely see on footages.

Music By Forum Members / Re: 25MANZAMBI25 SONGS
« on: December 16, 2022, 03:50 »
Great, waiting for more!

If yes, can you message me? It is no more available on Youtube, I would like to have it.

Congolese Music / Re: Beniko Popolipo plays 77X7 and Vimba
« on: December 14, 2022, 09:51 »
It is Payment Cash not 77x7. The latter is the solo of Daniel, but this one is his own, so to say. The rest are later solos, that is correct.

I would be quite interested in seeing him playing Daniel. Not this time.

Congolese Music / How is it this concert video has PROZAL logo?
« on: December 06, 2022, 00:12 »
I wonder why this one has Prozal logo on it? The band management found it and issued it recently, or what?

Congolese Music / Zaiko Top Premier Sebene
« on: December 05, 2022, 17:27 »
God bless whoever recorded it. It captured a great performance of the song: Top Premier

While he had many good songs, there is always one that his name reminds me of all the time:

Is there a biography of this band?

Lesasa Jocker also Kuku Pemba started his career as a dancer but later on became a singer and band leader, his band Bilenge Musica original having its base in Nairobi Kenya in late 90s and 2000. Having key members like Darze Kalend Kangag being Chef de orchestra and the main atalaku, Rocky Bila grand soloists RIP, Jimmy Mukelenge, Awilo na Mbonda and others. Lesasa became one great singer even though he never started his career as a singer. In late 2000 Lesasa had a vision of establishing a fan base at United Emirates, this saw him perform there frequently with his band. He got in love with life there to the disappointment of some of the band members mainly Darze, a suggestion was made that they split the band and have one go back to Kenya and serve their primary base in Kenya. Before they went to Dubai they had a good fanbase in Kenya. Darze came back and constituted Bilenge Musica Du Congo while Lesasa remaining in Dubai with Bilenge Musica International. Now the two gentlemen lead and own the two entities of Bilenge. As to relationship between them, yeah warm cold, cold warm. The original Bilenge had great songs like Strategy, Malo malo and others. Lesasa Kuku Pemba is a great entertainer. Hahaha if you ask Lesasa he will tell you he's Kenyan not Congolese.

But where is he from actually? He is from the Congolese minority in Kenya, or from Congo?

Music By Forum Members / Re: AUDAX MUSICA
« on: November 29, 2022, 21:00 »
Love it! Best new band!  8)

Not more than you can find generally on Google:

They had some nice tunes in the 90's:

But this video I shared initially seems to be Ferre Gola instead. When Lesasa shared this video I thought they are backing Ferre in the video, but it seems to me these are not them but Ferre's own group. I am not sure because I am not following Ferre, but anyhow, the song performed on stage sounds much better to me than the studio version on Youtube, where the instruments are a bit boring to me. On stage it is way much better.

A video recently posted by Lesasa Jocker, the head of the band in Dubai. Very nice keyboards, and stunningly clean vocals. I rarely hear so clean vocals live.

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