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« on: October 09, 2017, 12:36 »
This band was real entertaining. They were so creative. I would love to know if they were real stars during the time of TPOK.

They were truly good. 13:17 One day such great works shall sell like diamond but sadly they would not be there to enjoy it.

Congolese Music / ONCE PRIDE OF EAST
« on: October 04, 2017, 20:22 »

Les Mangelepa was once rulers of music scene in Kenya and the larger east Africa. My question is, do musicians lose their voice as they age or is it because of heavy smoking and drinking? The old men in there were once the giants of the mic.

« on: September 10, 2017, 14:35 »

I cant believe this is Zimbabwe!! This is coming at a time when even at Fikin we are not seeing such crowds!!! Congratulations to Werra, you've done this music proud. The outdoor performance is what we've been asking here in Nairobi but we have promoters who don't think. make one concert cheap and put it out there for many fans to attend. The goodwill is there, we only need promoters who will go extra mile.

Congolese Music / ABETI FAUX
« on: December 17, 2016, 09:41 »
Who is this lady? she sings well.

« on: October 17, 2016, 14:56 »
After keenly listening to two musicians one being a good friend, I have a feeling that music is one profession with serious hidden dark power that may be natural. My friend who had two successful Benga albums has always told me that music is one stupid profession with stupid players in it that its very hard for a simple and sober man to survive in. For instance my friend tried putting up a band but was pissed off and left making music all together.

For instance he said that the most talented and senior most member of the band, in this case his lead guitarist would fail to show up for one important show and did not even bother to give apologies. At some point one musician would decide to leave with a girl friend at the middle of a concert and would not show remorse the following day. He said at some point he had to go for his musicians physically to carry them to the concert hall, then again it is even hard for the leader to know where they live.They keep changing.

He said that the life of a good musician was not easy to understand, They would act in a weird manner, abuse drugs and would most of the time would lack proper reasoning.

He said that you can not TRUST a musician. A musician he said has many faces. He said its a hard balance to have musicians happy in your band because if they are paid well they don't come to work the following day, if they are paid less they embarrass you with your donors on stage, they beg and spoil your name, They disappear with older women.

He said the intense rivalry that is always there in the band among members may break you up as a leader.

He says musicians world wide most of the time receive money that is not clean. He says most of the time what musicians are paid is not what promoters are able to fetch from gate collections if there are no corporate sponsors. He gave the case of koffi's last visit to Kenya where he was paid $100,000 and surely way above what could be collected from ticketing. He said guys with dirty dealings use musicians for money laundering. Just last week I could see that to be true with Chris Brown concert in Mombasa where he was reported to have been paid nearly 1 million dollar but tickets were only selling at 200 dollars.

Those who have been close to musicians kindly share about their personal life.

Congolese Music / RECHASING THE FAME
« on: September 30, 2016, 07:43 »

Awilo's new release. Awilo is well known abroad, you can tell with comments for this video on YouTube. He should use that platform to relaunch his fame.

« on: September 06, 2016, 05:49 »

You can see He was happy to introduce them and the guys did not disappoint either. Just bring the glory back Agbepa!!!

Congolese Music / DRUNK KABUYA
« on: June 27, 2016, 16:34 »

Am worried Kabuya is headed Reagan way!! This guy should be taken for rehabilitation.

Congolese Music / GOLDEN MUSIC
« on: June 24, 2016, 12:42 »

I always ask myself this question, "WHO IS GOING TO STAND UP AND MAKE SUCH MUSIC AGAIN?"
Music at its best!! I listen to this and it makes me hate Roga for destroying this thing.

Congolese Music / RHUMBA IS BACK!!!
« on: March 25, 2016, 18:51 »
Rhumba influence is back in town. This is a public service vehicle in Nairobi.finally the American influence on these vehicles will fade. There is another one with Fally's images. Today if you don't play rhumba you don't get business!! I mean nearly all pubs are now playing rhumba.

Congolese Music / KOFFI IN KENYA
« on: March 14, 2016, 07:09 »
Grand mopao, arguably the most famouse Congolese abroad. I took a gamble by not buying the ticket in advance only for the concert to be sold out 4 days before. I ended up bribing double the initial cost to watch the show for only one hour. It was a thriller and Bouro is well at the centre of QL. It is said that he will do another concert this coming weekend.

Congolese Music / WERRA IN KENYA
« on: March 04, 2016, 04:01 »
Reliable sources says Werra will perform in June this year at Carnivore grounds in Nairobi.

Congolese Music / CHIK CHICAGO
« on: January 16, 2016, 13:47 »

The man who gave me the name Ken Bilele!! Mmmmmmm Champion!!! The genius of Chicago, music brewed in some house in Nairobi. Congo has talent, I mean serious talent.

Congolese Music / ADOLPH IN KENYA
« on: December 12, 2015, 14:28 »
I met Tata yesterday before his show at club Meladen in Nairobi, as always he was jovial and told me he has many big things to come. He only came with three band members and was joined by some ex Tonya Tonya members playing with Generation Wenge.

Congolese Music / PAPA LOLO:
« on: August 20, 2015, 10:19 »
If Mose Fan Fan was Kenyan this old man would be Dollar millionaire today just because of this song. He would be paid millions in royalties owing to number of times this song is played on air in many radio stations.
Actually this song has been abused by radio stations in Kenya.

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