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I found the 10th song that I did not remember but wanted to share:

Zaparo is not my favourite atalaku, but for the sake of the stability of the band I am glad he returned.

Some of these I will add to my playlist, too. The song Fiesta, is very good indeed.

Which were the songs that were considered the hits of the band in those first 2 decades?

Old School Music / Post your top 10 OK Jazz song from before 1970
« on: February 13, 2021, 23:31 »

Posting just 9 because I forgot the title of one of them. :D

Great old tune.

In the 60's the OK jazz had a classic jazz and rumba sound reflecting that decade, but from the 70's their sound changed, and sounded more like big band. I guess it was due to Zaiko and the new wave. Or not? What were the first songs featuring that change? I remember as if Franco returned with the song: Azda after his break. But There is a contemporary hit: Dje Melasi with new guitar sounds, I wonder if that one came earlier? Could you tell a bit more about those years?

This guy, Djo Poster, who was he? I know he sang in Big Stars, but what were the main points in his career? And was he a co-founder of Big stars, or Defao just invited him to be a general member?

It seems I misunderstood these events that you mentionned, then.

But I see why now Congolese music today is not like it was decades ago. When Congolese are your donor, you can please them playing Congolese music. However once those donors are gone and the world is your new donor, you need to play what the world wants to hear. Any dissident band trying to make a living from the world market will face the difficulty to sell Congolese music abroad. That's why so many artists changed during the years. And the recent world trends do not make it easy to maintain big bands either.

Kongolo was sent to the east when the war broke out, wasn't he?

" Then from the early 90s it was called Soukous, but the Kinshasa-based artists refused to be refered like that, seeing Soukous-artists based in Paris (Kanda Bongo Man, Diblo Dibala, Aurlus Mabele, Dr Sakis, etc.) artists who were killing the genre and giving people abroad a fake image about our music."

Why this is odd is because Sakis and Dany Engobo are the ones who can still produce albums like in good old days. Like the album: Baobab from Dany from 2015. It is the personal favourite of mine from recent years.

Congolese Music / Roga Roga appeared live today on his channel
« on: February 05, 2021, 23:34 »

Recently they make lots of interviews, etc., lots of talk, but I don't see the good records. I'd rather see him work in the studio as much as he is on interviews. 20 years ago Roga talked half this much but his records were 100x times better.

Anyway you can recreate this sound on any proper guitar I think, if you have the right pickup plus set the strings as low as possible. That nice ringing that you can here on the guitar notes are actually the  strings set low. The reverse of this are old records from the 50's and 60's when they had guitars with stings set high, this ringing was impossible in that setup.

I will try it once when I can get hold of some EMG pickups.

Yeah, because this one that I linked is modified, but if you replace the neck pickup that is the most essential in Congolese music back to the original EMG, you are still at discount price, and get the usual Steinberger sound.

By the way, as far as color is concerned, Makaba played the black color variant back in the 80's as I remember.

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