Author Topic: Summer 2000 was really hot with those albums  (Read 2229 times)

Cavalier Solitaire #15 on: May 27, 2021, 13:54

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I think that Emeneya just wanted to copy what Papa Wemba used to do with him, when being in his band Viva La Musica (1977-1982) and still continued to do until 2003 when he got arrested. But Emeneya not having the luck like Wemba and doing it on wrong moments.

Is it also the reason that he was absent from DRC  for that 7 years up until he came back for the recording and release of Mboka Mboka somewhere around 1997/1998?

Mfumu Vata #16 on: May 27, 2021, 16:06

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No, Emeneya went to Europe with his band Victoria Eleison in April 1991 on world tour touring in Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Italy, etc.), Asia (South Corea and Japan) and also the America (USA & Canada). Then when they wanted to return to Zaire, those lootings by Mobutu's soldiers started. Due to that situation, were waiting for some months, wanting the tensions to appease, in the same period you had also the Conference Nationale Souveraine. Then through their tourpromoter Gerard Akueson they received papers, which made Emeneya think that it wasn't necessary anymore to return to Kinshasa and the whole band profiting with those papers to bring their wive
and children to Europe. Like Papa Wemba, Emeneya wanted also work on a world-music career to make his audience bigger, like the way Nzinzi made him know in many African countries (Cameroun, Ivory Coast, etc.) and opened him for many festivals in Europe. He also hired some foreigners in his band (bass, drums, singers). But the most people in the Congolese community weren't happen, saying that he was killing his band. Then when he released his solo album Everybody in 1993, the album wasn't well received at that time by his own community nor by the foreign public. At that the same he was heavenily critized by the press, saying that he abandoned the authentic rhythm of Victoria Eleison to Wenge Musica. In many interviews between 1999 to 2003, when being asked, why he stopped with the rhythm of Nzinzi and Everybody, he said would always refer to it, saying that nobody in the community supported it, while most found it good the way Wemba released Emotion & Le Voyageur. After Everbody, he wanted to take a pause, in meantime
bandmembers like Malembe Chante, Auguy Lutula and co would return to Kinshasa to visit their families, etc. and also promote Victoria a little bit there. Emeneya wasn't receiving lucrative contracts from his brewery Primus nor tabaco-companies for concerts in Kinshasa,  compared to Wemba (settled in France since 1987) who was since 1988 receiving every year contracts from breweries Bralima and Unibra to promote their products (Primus, Skol, Castel Beer, Dopel, etc.) through open-air concerts until 1998 when he decided to settle definitively in Kinshasa. With the years going on, Emeneya was letting to much space to Koffi Olomid√©, Wenge Musica and his mentor Papa Wemba. People started to say that he was finished, others saying that he run away from Wenge Musica's succes, like the way people claimed that Wemba ran away in 1987 from Victoria Eleison's succes, who was back then the most popular band in Zaire. Emeneya's own fans were were worried and wanted him to go back to Kinshasa. The album of his band "Pas de Contact" and his own
solo album Succes Fous weren't well received. In October 1997, he finally returned, planning a concert at Stade des Martyrs (being by the way big stars and bands were performing at Parc des Princes and at that time newly build stadium Stade de France). Newpapers first skeptical about his return, but Emeneya shut their mouths by getting received by 30.000 people and setting a record by performing in front of 50.000 spectators at Stade des Martyrs (Back then artists weren't able to even reach 10.000 spectators when performing there, having also to organise festivals to reach a big public).