Author Topic: THE BRAND OF WERRA  (Read 323 times)

Manzambi94 on: May 02, 2021, 12:03

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This is gonna be a fun one

Werrason who was mistakenly thought to have been born in Christmas with guys like Marchiuse always counteracting that date was actually born in a date between the 10th and the 14th of December in 1965 in Moliembo a small village in Kikwit Region in the Kwilu district.
While he was the second voix in the Wenge Musica BCBG and always regarded as a great dancer, when he developed Wenge Musica Maison Mère (name that was born because JB managed to take the original BCBG name first) he made it clear to build a movement around young guys who came from poverty and/or had really complicated lifestyle before joining Wenge Musica, and that could gain success, money and lifestyle through going to the hardships of Maison Mère, entering into Wenge isn't an easy task and while new generation leaders like Ferré, Fally and Innoss'B and to some extent even JB made the movement around themselves Werra used the opposite formula using the movement as an industry where he is the leader who sometimes gives an help to the workers who are the singers, musicians of Wenge, despite having created great singers like Ferré, Deplick, Café Rhoum and a lot.of.singing leaders like Robinio, Fabregas, Heritier etc. The movement of Wnege got.popular and got his identity from his music style which, until the arrival of Lobeso 2008 (and with a partial comeback of Wenge style from Brigade, Bercy and now Jamaïque) was heavy pace Ndombolo Music guitar which consisted in playing the far end of the guitar trying to take to life all the traditional type of Congolese music (especially BaKongo, Bayakas and MuSwahili) and with an upfast tempo given by the drums who other than giving that iconic 6 beat tempo in 4 quarters consisted in making constant passages which is the term to define the changement of the drums by interrupting the flow.of.rhytm which has them influenced all Congo and all Africa. Other then the music Wenge until 2008 was known for the outstanding live performances who combined a great skill playing by instrumentalists especially Guitarists and the Drummer who a lot of.time.played a combined rhythm with the dance moves of whoever dancer who came into place and live with singers who could impro the dogs after signing the initial lyrics or building up improved lyrics from the consistent changing of the lyrics throughout the concert, Wenge Maison Mère also has brought a style of combining multiple Sebens in one song by starting a song with Rhumba and them transition to the song Sebene to then after the Sebene ends mix it.witj other Sebene going as far to bring 5,10 or even 15 years ago songs, another innovative thing that really not many artists except for Fabregas and Heritier Werra brought was the live repetition, where basically once a week or twice televisions or camera would record the live sessions of the song creating with reharsals being open to public when in most cases with Congolese artists they aren't
So in conclusion Werra brought show onto the Congolese scene, not only the show but an exponential attention to the detail to make the viewers and the concert attendees to see an experience and not only listening to a song, giving everyone who was in Wenge between the Starting singers, Atalaku, Guitarists, Bassists and to some extent even Mbonda players the spotlight, Werra was able to create a style.of.showmanship and music that even today is hardly matched given the fact that Rhumba is starting to become more prevalent.

Here are some examples of the live shows that to my opinion are some of the best of Wenge

It starts from 1:59

Damn from 1:56 Cappuccino went wild