Maya by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)


This classic hit from 1985 was composed by Lutumba Massiya Simaro, who was Franco’s trusted lieutenant. However Franco considered the song a betrayal because Simaro recorded it outside the TPOK Jazz system while Franco was away on a extended stay in Europe. It was recorded at the IAD studios in Brazzaville.

Franco was said to be livid when he found out about the album. But Simaro was such a crucial member of the band that the duo soon patched up their differences. Around the same time, Papa Noel also recorded a song outside the TPOK Jazz system. The album was titled “Bon Samaritan” and was also recorded at IAD. Unlike Simaro however, Papa Noel never reconciled with Franco.

Maya was a huge hit all over Africa especially East Africa. It was voted Zairean song of the year for 1985 with Bon Samaritan finishing second in the voting. The vocals for Maya were supplied by Lassa Ndombasi, popularly known as Carlito. It was the song that propelled the previously unknown singer to fame. He would also supply lead vocals for Bon Samaritan.


This song describes the lamentations of a disappointed man who has repeatedly tried
to keep his wife, without success. The woman is capricious and returns after every argument with her
husbnd. She has repeatedly deserted the household, or even asked for a divorce. But, her husband
always managed to convince her to come back. Her husbands friend takes advantage of the situation to woo the woman

Finally, she gives in to his game and leaves her husband for good. But the man’s love for his wife
keeps him hoping that she will come back.

In typical Simaro style, several poetic images are described to express the man’s love for his
wife. A taste of water next to the river means that the absence of his wife reduces him to his
simplest form; To be afraid of a lizard when one has already been bitten by a snake means to become
cautious not to make the same mistakes. Her penchant for always returning to her parents house emphasizes the illogical nature of women; Even if the night is very dark the dawn is always bright which means at the end of every problem has a solution; to hurt your tongue is a bad omen.

This is why Simaro was dubbed “Le Poete”

Song Video

Lyrics and Translation


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Ron Gombe Gundo in starting lineup at RMU

Former Strathmore University and Maseno secondary school basketball star Ronald Gombe Gundo is now playing at Robert Morris University (RMU). Popularly known as the colonials, RMU competes in the Northeast Conference within NCAA division one and is based in a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Gundo has not only carved a niche at RMU, but is regularly in the starting lineup. The NCAA season is now past the halfway mark. With 21 games played, Gundo has appeared in 17 games and has been in the starting lineup in 9 games. He is currently averaging 4.2 points per game. He leads his team in field goal percentage at 48.6%. His best scoring game thus far was against North Carolina State where he scored 11 points.

But it is his shot blocking prowess that has caught attention. He leads his team with a total of 15 blocks this season which is amazing considering that he plays 15 minutes per game. Aside shot blocking, Gundo uses his physicality to protect the rim by making the correct rotation.

“He’s playing with energy, he kept the tempo offensively, he used his size and strength to not necessarily block shots, but be in the right spots and coming to help,” Toole said. “Those are some of the things he’s been learning since he joined our team at the end of August.” said coach Toole to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette.

This season Gundo is the only Kenyan playing NCAA division one basketball. As a graduate student in a team full of freshmen, Gundo is seen as one of the team leaders.

“He has a different maturity level than a lot of our guys, one, because he’s older,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said. “There’s some more appreciation that comes with his story than some other guys because he didn’t grow up in this marketing culture. All those things are a little bit different. He’s been great to have around. He takes his stuff seriously and he’s focused on what he wants to accomplish, not only in basketball but in school. He’s a good guy to coach, for sure.” said coach Toole.



Gundo first rose to fame in 2010, when he led basketball giants, Maseno School team to win the National Secondary Schools games. He was voted the tournament’s MVP. His raw athleticism, his ability to get to the basket and finish with thunderous dunks and his rebounding earned his rave reviews and an a chance to attend the ‘Basketball Without Borders’ clinic that was held in Dakar later in 2010. There he and other top African youngstars learned the game from NBA players like Dikembe Mutombo, Dwight Howard and Ronny Turiaf. He soon found his way to the national team and also a scholarship at Strathmore University. While at Strathmore, he established himself as one of the best players in the Kenyan basketball scene

Gundo left Strathmore University in 2011 to pursue a scholarship opportunity. He first played at Valley Forge Military institute during the 2013-2014 season, his freshman season. He averaged an incredible 23 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game in 2013-14.

For his sophomore season, he transferred to Canisius University. But here his career stalled. In the 2015-2016 season, he appeared in 13 games, scoring only one basket. In the 2016-2017 season, he played in only one game, missing the rest of the season with an injury.

While at Canisius, he earned a degree in Accounting. Student-athletes who earn a bachelor’s degree prior to the end of their athletics eligibility may go on to compete as graduate students for another school provided they meet certain criteria or obtain an NCAA waiver.

Since Gundo had one season of eligibility left, he transferred to RMU where his skill-set is more valued. This is his final season playing college ball. He was recruited by RMU assistant coach Mike Iuzzolino, who was an assistant at Canisius during Gombe’s first season there.


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Agnes Tirop leads Kenya sweep at in Santiponce X-Country

Kenyan women occupied all the top three positions at the 36th Cross Internacional de Itálica in Santiponce, near the Spanish city of Seville. This race is the fifth leg of this season’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series.

The early pace was set by Kenyan defector to Bahrain Ruth Jebet. Tirop, the 2015 world cross country champion, took over the lead soon after the 5km mark. She was followed by Hellen Obiri, the defending world 5000m champion. Tirop continued to push hard and soon dropped Obiri. Rengeruk charged ahead towards the end of the race and caught up with Obiri, passing her in the last 20 metres.

Obiri’s performance in this 8.2km race nevertheless bodes well for her chances at dominating the 5000m track race this season.

Tirop who is 22 years old, will be looking to add more medals to her shelf this season as she participates in the Commonwealth games. She has already won a gold medal in the world cross championships and a bronze medal at the 2017 world athletics championships.


1 Agnes Tirop (KEN) 25:51
2 Lillian Rengeruk (KEN) 26:01
3 Helen Obiri (POR) 26:03
4 Ruth Jebet (BRN) 26:12
5 Trihas Gebre (ESP) 27:08
6 Nuria Lugueros (ESP) 27:14
7 Muriel Coneo (COL) 27:19
8 Verity Ockenden (GBR) 27:21
9 Carla Salomé Rocha (POR) 27:26
10 Inés Monteiro (POR) 27:38


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Kenya Rugby sevens gallery for 2016-2017

Kenya won the Challenge cup (plate) at the 2017 Wellington sevens

Kenya beat Russia 24-5 in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Wellington sevens Challenge trophy. In action here are Sammy Oliech and Andrew Amonde


Cyprian Kuto and Bill Odhiambo in action against Fiji in the 2016 Cape Town sevens. Kenya put in a valiant effort but lost 28-22. They however made it to the cup quarter-finals after beating France 33-24

Bill Odhiambo and Dan Sikuta in action against Russia in the 2017 Sydney sevens. This 22-0 loss to Russia was emblematic of Kenya’s up and down performances in the 2017 IRB sevens series


Kenya beat France 29-12 in the group stage of the 2017 Hong Kong sevens. But it was too late as they had lost to Canada in the opening match. They reached the Plate finals the next day


Speedster Newton Oyoo trying to evade fellow speedster, Dan Norton of England. Kenya narrowly lost 13-12 to England in the Cup quarter-finals of the Singapore sevens after beating Argentina and Samoa in the group stage


Dennis Ombachi in action against Argentina at the 2017 Paris Sevens. Kenya lost to Argentina 7-12 in the challenge cup semis

Kenya beat Canada in the Challenge trophy quarter-finals of the 2016 Dubai sevens


Kenya after the last match of the season at the 2017 London sevens. It was a far too inconsistents season for Kenya. In London for example, Kenya lost 10-12 to South Africa, lost 47-0 to USA, then beat Wales 28-14


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Kenya Rugby Gallery for 2017

Kenya Captain Wilson Kopondo and other tea captains prior to the 2017 Regal Nations Hong Kong sevens


Kenya went down 23-3 to Tunisia in the 2017 Regal Hotels Nations cup. Chile were simply more effective with ball in hand


Kenya beat Tunisia 100-10, in the 2017 Africa cup, the largest ever winning margin for Kenya XV


Number 8 Joshua Chisanga in action against Senegal whom Kenya beat 45-25. The Senegalese national team is comprised of several players based in France


Kenya players in a choreographed dance after beating Zimbabwe 41-22 in Bulawayo


Kenya captain Wilson Kopondo and his Zimbabwe counterpart prior to the test in Bulawayo


Darwin Mukidza in action against Namibia. In 2017 this deadly finisher was yet again Kenya’s top scorer.


Darwin Mukidza tries to breach the Namibia backline


Early in 2017, Kenya played a series against Hong Kong in Nairobi, drawing the first match 19-19 and losing the second one 34-43


Leo Seje in action against Germany. It was a cliff hanger as Kenya lost 29-30 thanks to a last minute penalty converted by Germany

Kenya in action against Russia in the 2017 Regal Hotels Nations cup. Kenya fought valiantly but the Russians were better on all fronts


KCB RFC celebrate after winning the 2017 Impala Floodlit tournament. They went on to win the 2016-2017 Kenya cup.


Kenya Rugby sevens photos for 2017



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2017: A year of mixed results for Kenya Rugby

2017 was a busy year for the Kenya nation XV rugby team. In 2017, the Kenya XV played 12 full internationals, perhaps more than any other year. Of those 12, Kenya won 5 drew 2 and lost 5.

Kenya Finish Second in 2017 Africa cup

Song and dance in Bulawayo after dispatching Zimbabwe 41-22

Kenya was impressive in the Africa cup, running up a record 110-10 win over a poor  Tunisia side. It was Kenya’s largest ever winning margin. Kenya also recorded an impressive 41-22 win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. It marked the second season in a row where Kenya had overwhelmed Zimbabwe having beaten the Sables by almost 40 points in Harare in 2016.

Kenya also barely edged a fast improving Uganda side to win the annual Elgon Cup, winning 23-18 in Kampala and drawing 33-33 in Nairobi. A far cry from the previous year when Kenya had utterly destroyed Uganda. The other Africa cup contender was Senegal whom Kenya beat 45-25 with Kenya’s head coach Jerom Paarwater accusing the Senegalese of employing negative tactics.

Kenya’s impressive run came to a dramatic end when they ran into the juggernaut that is Namibia who beat them 45-7 in Windhoek, proving once again that Namibia were in a class of their own.

Regal Hotels Cup of Nations

Kenya in action against Chile

Kenya was selected to play in the 2017 Regal Hotels Cup of Nations in Hong Kong. It was in Keeping with tradition: A slot is typically reserved for Africa’s third best team. Kenya was ranked third in 2017 behind South Africa and Namibia.

It was a bridge too far for Kenya as they lost all three matches, going down 3-23 to Chile, 10-30 to Russia and 30-40 to Hong Kong. The gap in class was too high for the Kenyans. This was particularly evident when Kenya played Russia for the first time ever. Among other things, The Russians superior ball handling enabled them to put together multiple passes in each phase, thus enabling them to retain the ball more and cover more ground in each phase.

Following the poor performance, long serving Kenya Simbas head coach Jerom Paarwater was fired. However Kenya’s sub par performance wass due to below par player quality. Kenya simply does not have the players needed to match up with a team like Russia or Chile regardless of who the head coach is.

KCB Win 2016-2017 Kenya Cup

KCB Players celebrate winning the 2017 Kenya cup

Kenya Commerical Bank RFC won the 2016-2017 Kenya cup, marking the fourth time that the club has won Kenya’s premier rugby club tournament. It was a star studded side featuring numerous national team players like the free-scoring Darwin Mukidza, Andrew Amonde, Davis Chenge and winger Jacob Ojee who was returning after a year-long layoff.

Having finished second in the standings behind Homeboyz, KCB reached top form in the playoffs, dispatching Kenya Harlequins 19-12 in the semi-finals before beating defending champions Kabras Sugar 36-8 in the final.


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Disband government teams and form women’s teams instead

Have you ever wondered why the United States is the most successful nation in women’s football? This despite the fact that their men’s team has been lagging and even failed. The women’s world cup has been held seven times and the United States has won it three times and has never failed to make the semi-finals.  And the Olympic football tournament has been held six times of which the United States has won the gold medal four times.

Why is the US women’s team so dominant in football? It is because of a well known law in the United States called title IX. The law mandates that the amount of money spent by Universities on men’s sports should be equal to the amount spent on women’s sports. This is critical because the American University sports system is the backbone on which their entire sporting excellence is built. Virtually all their sports stars be it in Athletics, Basketball, Football etc have passed through the system.

The law was instituted in 1972. Prior to this law, American Universities basically ignored women’s sports.Today  in 2018 however there 1571 colleges in the USA that have soccer scholarships for female footballers. Today there are 38,000 women playing soccer on full scholarships. Because there are so many scholarships available, there are 388,000 young girls playing soccer across various high schools and various youth teams all over the US. Their goal is to become good enough to earn a scholarship at one of the 1571 colleges. This encourages these young girls to work hard throughout their teen years and sharpen their skills.

A similar situation applies in Kenya. Corporate and government teams are the backbone of most sports league’s in Kenya. Yet these government institutions have for the most part ignored women’s sports.

These government institutions have men’s teams like Ulinzi, Bandari, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Ushuru, KCB, MOSCA, Pipeline,  Mahakama etc………… There are no equivalent women’s teams. These government institutions should be forced to also create women’s teams. And if there is no money for both then the mens team should be disbanded and women’s team should be maintained.

Offering young girls a chance at being employed at a place like KPA or KCB will encourage them to work hard on their games. Also it will encourage more young women to pursue football.

The government should ensure that these teams are spread out throughout the country where there is talent to be tapped. For example, Kisumu Posta should be revived but for women. Western Stima should start a girls team in Kakamega. Same for Eldoret Mahakama and so forth.

Men’s Football does not need corporate teams

Some might say it is unfair to men to disband teams like KCB, Ulinzi, Bandari and so forth. In fact the opposite is true. The Kenya Premier League would benefit more from having community teams. In Mombasa for example, when Congo Boys were in the KPL in 2011, they drew much larger crowds and more fervent support than their neighbours Bandari could ever dream of.

The more community teams there is in the KPL, the larger the public interest will be which means attendance will increase and the league will be better able to attract sponsors and broadcast partners.


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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)


This song was one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s, not just in the Congo (then known as Zaire) but also all over Africa, particularly East Africa. It was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered soulfully by Mbilia Bel who was only 21 years old at the time. It is one of the songs that put the young Mbilia on the pedestal as Africa’s top female singer.

In the song, Mbilia plays the part of a woman admonishing another woman not to try and engage in an illicit affair with her husband. In Lingala, such women as referred to as Mbanda (literally rival) while the concept of sleeping with married men is referred to as Bombanda.

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Translation and Lyrics


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Kenya at the 2017 Cape Town Sevens

Oliech in action against Samoa with Wanyama and Tanga

Group Stage
Kenya 14 France 21
Tries: S Oliech B Tanga
Conversions: Oliech

Kenya 34 Russia 0
Tries: B Tanga, Oliech, Ambaka, Sikuta, A Ochieng, S Njenga
Conversions: Oliech(2)

Kenya 7 South Africa 26
Tries: Ambaka
Conversion: Tanga

Challenge Trophy Quarter-Finals
Kenya 15 Samoa 19
Tries: S Oliech, D Sikuta, JO Oluoch

13th Place Semi-Final
Kenya 33 Scotland 12
Tries: B Tanga(2), JO Oluoch, NO Oyoo, S Njenga
Conversions: Oliech(2), Tanga

13th Place Final
Kenya 24 Uganda 14
Tries: D Sikuta, JO Oluoch, S Njenga, Ouma
Conversions: Tanga(2)

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Kenya at the 2017 Dubai sevens

Group Stage

Kenya 29 Canada 15
Tries: S Oliech, C Injera(2), O Ayodi, D Ombachi
Conversions : Oliech(2)

Kenya 5 South Africa 48
Tries: JO Oluoch

Kenya 29 Uganda 14
Tries: D Ombachi ,E Agero, D Sikuta, O Ayodi, B Tanga
Conversions : Oliech(2)

Cup Quarter-Finals
Kenya 12 New Zealand 14
Tries: Agero, Oliech
Conversions: Oliech

5th Place Semi-Final
Kenya 12 Australia 19
Tries: FL Wanyama, NO Oyoo

Collins Injera
Oscar Ayodi
Willy Ambaka
Brian Tanga
Newton Oyoo
Jeff Oluoch
Dan Sikuta
Eden Agero
Dennis Ombachi
Frank Wanyama
Francis Humwa

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