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Congolese Music / This is what I call dancing
« on: November 11, 2015, 17:25 »

Congolese Music / Congolese music in the UK
« on: November 06, 2015, 17:38 »
I managed to spend a week with the band: Lokito Ya Congo in the UK. I created a summary of one of the concerts I participated in. If you are interested in how Congolese Music is doing in the UK, check it out!

Congolese Music / 207 Selfie - New Dance by Zaiko
« on: October 28, 2015, 13:19 »

Congolese Music / Roga Roga - Masuwa
« on: October 05, 2015, 23:36 »
I have just noticed Roga played the old hit of Pamelo Mounka recently.

What is your opinion?

Mine: as far as the show is concerned, it is fine. I regret however, that from the fine Kiri Kiri style rumba they created a Salsa like track. In the original track the emphasis is on the large space of the guitar reverb and the delay. I don't like they kind a marginalized that. So, this kind of interpretation that they did is not as fine for me as like what Zaiko did with their old songs along the years. Like with Ben Betito. That song also has an old and a new version, but there the original is soukous, and the second one also. Not like that the first version was soukous, and the second became Salsa or Coupe decale.

General / Old Photos of Africa
« on: September 25, 2015, 17:32 »
I am a big fan of old artistic photographs from Africa. During the years I collected quite many. I decided to upload them somewhere to put them on display for others to see, too, as these photos give an insight into an aspect of African life that might have remained hidden to most foreigners. To me they are quite interesting and even surprising. They show a side of the everydays of the continent that may be unknown to many of us, who live elsewhere. For those who live there, seeing these photos may feel nostalgic.

If you are interested in my collection, check it here. Feedbacks are welcomed!

We often raise our voice recently for the shortness of sebens on albums, so here is the counter example, a cool seben through 16 minutes! This single of Renato Mondele was recorded in 2008, and he played the themes appearing in it during his tour in Congo around that time. It wasn't marketed widely when released, I have to say unfortunately. But now it can take its "seat" among other great sebens on Youtube. 

Congolese Music / Dany Engobo - great new album arriving!
« on: September 12, 2015, 00:13 »
Dany Engobo is ready with his new DVD, I assume it will be available in shops soon:

Well, what could I say, maybe this will be the number one release for me for this year. Unfortunately as you can hear there will be some electro-techno style tracks on this release (probably for marketing reasons), but the Congolese type tunes are really awesome. The solos are great, the mixing is satisfying, the solo guitar is the loudest, as it should be. In this regard this DVD will be a great example that should be followed by other bands, too, as recently on many other releases the solo guitar is quite silent.

I love almost every past release of Dany, I am glad that in these days when either good solos are so few or the mixing has problems on CD's, Dany could bring back something from the past that I really missed. Would love to see more DVD's like that.

So all in all: great sound engineering, great solos, and as usual in his case: great dancers, what more would you want?

Congolese Music / Party in London with Renato Mondele and his band
« on: September 03, 2015, 19:30 »
I managed to organize a concert for Renato Mondele and his band: Lokito Ya Congo last Friday. Mboka Liya, the former Wenge Musica guitarist was playing the solo. I had to take care of the mixer most of the time, but I managed to capture some good moments on video. Check it here how Congolese Music is doing in London:

Congolese Music / Extra Musica on Piano (Roga Roga - Zero)
« on: August 20, 2015, 21:11 »
Recently I am practicing playing the piano a lot. I came to like the song: 'Zero' from Roga Roga's new album. I totally fell in love with its pleasing melody, and I wondered how it would sound on a piano. I rearranged it adding a secondary rythm to the main melody. When I recorded it, I was quite satisfied with how it blended with the vocals, so I decided to upload it. I don't intend to do any revolutionary with this, but some might find it interesting how such melodies can be played on different instruments. It was a chellenge to imitate the typical rumba guitar embellishments on piano keys, but I think I did a good job. Decide yourself whether I am right or not:

Support / How to embed SOUNDCLOUD links
« on: August 01, 2015, 19:33 »
Hi everyone!

To make sure your Soundcloud songs will display correctly here, follow these steps when you want to post them in this forum:

1. Select 'Share' below the Soundcloud player:

2. Stay in the 'Share' panel, and copy the link that is displayed:

3. Click the Soundcloud buttons when posting here in the forum, and insert the link you have just copied between the Soundcloud BB Codes: [ soundcloud ]HERE[ /soundcloud ]

There are two buttons, one is for inserting a single track, the button that has 'Set' written on it is for inserting playlists. Inserting playlists must be done the same way.

Congolese Music / Keyboard player of Chiga Chiga
« on: July 09, 2015, 15:20 »
Does anyone know who played keyboards for the band of Chiga Chiga Elongama?

I managed to get hold of the newly released DVD tutorial of Dally Kimoko produced by Safaritv Production.

I have to say this DVD is a very pleasant surprise. On one hand, because of that it covers the repertoire of an icon from the 80's soukous era, secondly because of the songs explained.

The DVD starts with an interview, during which Dally tells a few facts about his career. He also describes what gears he used during various stages of his musicianship. That part is really informative because you can learn about what string gauges he used for various guitars of his, what differences it made, how he sets EQ levels on the amp, what effect pedals he uses. This way you can have a clue about how he created the distinct sound you can hear on his recordings.

The next part consists of a few arpeggio exercises.  This part is not too long, it is just intended to give you a brief insight into the foundations of arpeggios used in soukous, and to improve your playing dynamics.

But the third part includes what really the essence of this DVD is, that most of us, enthusiasts, have been waiting for so long. Dally is showing some songs that he contributed for. The song selection is great, very much accoarding to my preference, and every part of them are described very thoroughly, from the intro until the end, that makes this DVD so valuable. You will realize how great a teacher he is, actually his style of explanation is so easy to follow and detailed, that even less advanced players can understand what's going on.

In this part, first he plays each song through dubbing the playback. Then he plays the song through again without the song playing in the background. Finally he breakes the whole thing down and shows every part of the song slowly, step by step, emphasizing ctitical parts that may require more attention and more detailed comments. He doesn't miss referring to music theory meanwhile, so you will know what chords are fretted, the specific notes played at potentionally problematic parts, and alternatives to fingerring. The gerat thing about all is that you can be accustomed to embellishments that are characteristics of soukous yet you may not be able to figure them out yourself. This latter one is an aspect that puts the crown onto his "masterclass". Once you become familiar with these characteristics, it will be easier for you to learn songs by ear, or compose ones that really sound like soukous should.

Here are the songs actually covered:

Dally Kimoko - We Love You Mandela

Pepe Kalle - Moyibi

Nyboma - Nina

Kanda Bongo Man - Monie

Aurlus Mabele - Embargo

Madilu System - Voisin

As you can see, these are all big hits, full of great lead patterns and interesting guitar licks. What I expect every time when buying a Congolese tutorial DVD is to find as many tunes as possible that really satisfy me instead of ones that may not carry that much ambiance. That's why I was very happy to see Nina in the list, just because it consists of very nice melodies all along. The same applies to Moyibi. Including Kanda Bongo Man's: Monie on the disc was a must, and I am glad the maker of this video realized it. I was trying to figure out so many times how it is played, was never successful. So now this problem of mine is solved.

When I decided to buy this DVD, I expected that it will show solutions that can be found in many songs of that era, and that are essential to understand how you should play certain things properly. So to say, I expected to see those common technical tricks that make this style what it is. That's why I was satisfied to see Embargo by Aurlus Mabele explained for the previous reason: tricks. Though I don't listen to this song too often, this old hit is full of those interesting technical things that are required to become a skilled player. And it really does have a ton of them. The melodic pattern in this song is changed many times, so having this tune is really like a list of exercises that can introduce you the foundations of the style.

The other songs are not very familiar to me, however they were all classics, and you can find things in them that will really add something to your skills. Nelson Mandela, for example have a lick in the seben, that incorporates a complex pattern with hammer ons ad pull offs, it is qutie an advanced pattern that I could hardly figure out by myself.

After this insight of the contents, you can see here a trailer, to make you more enthusiastic provided you wouldn't have become that so far:

All in all, because of the aspects I mentioned above, this tutorial can really fulfil its aim and become a useful aid for anyone who wants to know how Dally actually played things, and reveals the details that have remained hidden up to now about his technique.  This way the DVD really pays off its price. This way it is really an item that's worth to buy. I can only recommend it to anyone, even to those who are more into ndombolo than soukous, just because they can also benefit a lot from learning the tricks Dally is showing on this DVD.

I found someone posted a 4 part video series of Mboka Liya on Youtube. Unfortunately the explanations are not subtitled, but yet one can pick up some useful rhumba licks from what he is showing:

Congolese Music / Recommend old albums to newcomers
« on: June 27, 2015, 05:50 »
I want to set up a section where newbies to Congolese music can get information on which older albums are worth to check. Let me hear your ideas which albums you would like to see there. Make your lists, if it is too long, we will make a poll. Personally I would recommend the following:

Aurlus Mabele - Fiesta D'or
Zaiko - Piéces á Conviction
Grands Maquisards - Meilleurs Success
Dr. Nico - Oluki Likambo Obangi
Sakis - Africa Morning
Dany Engobo - Capricorne
Extra Musica - Trop C'est Trop
OK Jazz - Forever

I will try to be as democratic as possible when making the summarized list in the end, but in one aspect I will be strict: Aurlus Mabele's Fiesta D'or will be included, no matter who says what. Sorry  :P ;D

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