The song Kita Mata Bloque was composed by Josky Kiambukuta. It was the title song for the album labeled ” Le Grande Maitre et Josky Kiambukuta avec Le TPOK Jazz”. It featured only Josky’s picture on the album sleeve. The album was released to commemorate Josky’s return to TPOK Jazz after he had left in 1986 to pursue a number of solo projects. This 12 minute song was the only song was on Face A of the LP. Face B contained two songs: Minzata and Osilisi Ngai Mayele. Both of which have been translated on this blog.
The song was recorded in Belgium and released under the CHOC label as Choc 008. It made its way to Kenya in 1988 where it was released by Polygram Records as POP 038. Josky provides the lead vocals while Malage De Lugendo’s voice is prominent in the chorus. It features the classic Kiambukuta style and was a particular dance favourite in the years between 1987 and 1992. The period was also marked by the reduction of number of Air Zaire flights to Brussels and Sabena to Kinshasa because of the Belgian-Zairean conflict.
The song is about a man who is insecure about his wife’s beauty. It causes him to lose his mind because he is constantly worried that she might leave him. He is overcome with feelings of jealousy whenever other people show her any attention.
Camilla Atieno scored a late try to secure a 17-15 victory for Kenya over Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifiers that were held in Hong Kong
Sheila Chajira charges past Papua New Guinea defenders at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong on 4 April, 2019. Kenya beat PNG 20-10 to top the group
Janet Okello turned a lot of heads with her breathtaking pace and sudden change of direction. Here she helped Kenya to a 36-5 victory over hosts Hong Kong
Captain Andrew Amonde receives the 2019 Africa Mens sevens championship trophy. Unlike 2016 when Kenya barely qualified, This time Kenya left nothing to chance, dispatching opponents by scoring 143 points against 12 conceded
Nelson Oyoo fends off a Senegalese defender as Jeff Oluoch runs in support at the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers
Andrew Amonde and Alvin Otieno bottle up a Cote’d Ivoire defender at the Tokyo 2020 qualfiers.
Andrew Amonde and his team-mates ran over Uganda and all the other teams
Kenya Lioness qualified for the 2020 Olympics during qualifiers that were held in Monastir, Tunisia. The Lioness scored 192 points against 19. Notable was a 19-0 win over hosts Tunisia in the semis, a team that used to beat Kenya. Also notable was that during the 2016 qualifiers, South Africa beat Kenya 31-5. This time the score was 15-14 in favour of South Africa. A dramatic improvement for Kenya
Alvin Otieno manhandles a South Africa defender at the 2019 Dubai sevens
Youthful Johnstone Olindi leaves Ireland defenders hapless as he races to the tryline at the 2019 Cape Town Sevens
Dan Sikuta acknowledges cheers from the crowd after Kenya beat Australia at the 2019 Cape Town sevens
Alvin Otieno “Buffa” ran over South Africa for two tries at the 2019 Cape Town sevens
Collins Injera acknowleges the crowds cheers as his 280th appearance was announced to the crowd at the 2020 New Zealand sevens
Johnsontone Olindi slices through the Fiji defence at the 2020 Sydney sevens
Willy Ambaka scoring against South Africa at the 2020 USA sevens
Vincent Onyala on his way to scoring against Ireland at the 2020 Vancouver sevens. Kenya lost narrowly after having beaten Ireland a week earlier
Jeffery Oluoch scored a try against Wales at the 2020 Vancouver sevens. Kenya beat Wales 28-0
Kenya women’s rugby 7s won the 2018 Africa cup outscoring opponents 181-12
Members of the Kenya womens sevens team step out for the final of the 2018 Africa championships where they beat Uganda 29-7
Skipper Philadelphia Olando receives the 2018 Africa sevens cup
Kenya Simbas Skipper Davis Chenge meets the match officials and Morocco team captain before the Africa Gold Cup match against Morocco in Casablanca. Kenya escaped with a 28-24 win after trailing for long periods
Elkins Musonye leaves a Uganda defender grasping at thin air as he speeds towards the tryline. Kenya beat Uganda 38-22 in this 2018 Africa gold cup match at RFUEA grounds
Sevens star Willie Ambaka made a huge impact to Kenya’s 2018 Africa Gold cup campaign. Kenya hammered Tunisia 67-0 in this encounter
Willie Ambaka in action against Namibia in the 2018 Africa Gold cup final. Running in support is the late Tony Onyango. Kenya came up short, losing 53-28
Collins Injera in action against Canada during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage.
Willy Ambaka and Chisanga defending against Hong Kong in the 2019 Rugby World cup Repechage.
Kenya beat 45-36 in an epic see-saw encounter in the 2018 Africa Gold cup
Kabras RFC womens team in action
Kenya players celebrate after beating hosts Brazil 26-24 in an epic encounter in the U20 World Trophy in 2019
Kenya after winning the 2019 Elgon Cup
Kenya U20 shocked Namibia to qualify for the 2019 World U20 trophy
Aside from the 3000m steeplechase, the 800m is the event where Kenya has produced a dizzying array of talents who have gone on to conquer the world. Among the athletes who brought fame to Kenya in this event is James Maina, popularly known as “Boi” due to his short stature. In those days small boys were referred to as “Boi”.
Aside from dominating the 800m locally and winning countless races abroad, “Boi” is remembered for his self confidence, friendly demeanor and amiability. A key element of “Boi” was his amazing finishing kick which he deployed in the last 100m and left opponents gasping.
Maina “Boi” was born in 1954 to a peasant farmer in what is now Nakuru County. He never went to school because his parents could not afford school fees. Given that athletics talents are discovered at school, Maina would have been one of many whose talents were never discovered. But his determination and passion for running ensured that he was discovered.Starting in 1973, whenever he heard that there was a major athletics meet, he would show up uninvited, with borrowed running shoes and convince the organizers to let him compete. In 1974 he firmly established himself as a real contender. It was at a provincial athletics meet at Afraha Stadium Nakuru that his running talent came to the fore.
Like many runners of that era, Maina’s talents saw him recruited by the Kenya Army. There his talents blossomed. His first major international victory came at the 1978 All Africa games, in Algiers, Algeria where he took the gold medal ahead of second placed crowd favourite Amar Brahmia of Algeria. Peter Lemashon of Kenya was third.
At the 1978 Commonwealth games, “Boi” had the misfortune of being disqualified in the semi-finals. Compatriot MIke Boit who at the time was based in the USA, took the gold medal with Lemashon taking bronze.
The following year, 1979, “Boi” underlined his dominance on the African continent by taking the gold medal at the 1979 African championships.
His greatest victory came at the 1979 IAAF Athletics world cup. Representing Africa, Maina “Boi” took the gold medal in the 800m, beating American James Johnson and Willi Wullbeck of East Germany. It was here that Maina exhibited his well noted finishing kick which he often used to devastating effect in the final straight.
1979 IAAF Intercontinental Cup Video
“Boi” was at his peak in 1980. Unfortunately, Kenya was part of an ill-advised boycott of the 1980 Olympics. As a result, he missed an opportunity to challenge for Olympic gold against the likes of world record holder Sebastian Coe whom he had beaten as well as Steve Ovett who was the eventual gold medal winner,
What is special about “Boi” was that his success came at a time when Kenya was experiencing a significant dip in its athletics fortunes. After Kenya’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics and the ill-advised boycott of the 1980 Olympics, Kenyan athletes were thoroughly demoralized. The net result was that Kenya performed rather poorly in subsequent events including the 1982 Commonwealth games and the 1983 world championships.
At the 1982 Commonwealth games for example, Kenyan athletes performed so poorly that the boxing team actually performed better, winning more gold medals. This despite the fact that Kenya sent their best athletes. On that occasion, Kenyan athletes won one gold, one silver and three bronze. The silver medal came via Maina “Boi” in the 800m.
1982 Commonwealth Games 800m
Kenya fielded a strong trio for this event including Sammy Koskei, who held the African record for over twenty years, Juma Ndiwa and Boi. It was Boi who proved the best of the trio, running a tactically astute race that saw him take second place behind Peter Bourke of Australia.
Indeed on the highly competitive local circuit, Maina underlined his dominance for much of the early 1980s, winning virtually every local 800m race, often against intense competition. In those days, athletics meets occurred all over the country during the athletics season and attracted the top talents. According to the Daily Nation, his dominance extended internationally where he won 13 successive races.
In the 1980s, the highly competitive local circuit included top tier runners from left: Chris Onsare, James Maina ‘Boi”, Sammy Koskei and Edwin Koech
A decade of running finally started to take its toll. Maina qualified for the 1983 World Athletics championships but did not make it beyond the preliminaries. At the qualifiers for the 1984 Olympics, “Boi” was now facing intense competition from youthful upstarts especially the USA based duo of Billy Konchellah and Edwin Koech, both of whom took the qualifying spots for the Olympics along with Juma Ndiwa.
After the 1984 season, “Boi” started charting his post athletics career. With the money he had won in his athletics career, he purchased matatus. In his later years, he worked as a security officer with the Kenya Post Office saving bank. He passed on in July of 2004, leaving behind a widow Monica and eight children.
Congolese musician Aurlus Mabele is no more. The singer, known for his up-tempo soukous style passed away at a hospital in Eaubonne, Paris at the age of 67 after having contracted Covid-19. He has had underlying medical conditions for several years having suffered a stroke 10 years ago.
His daughter Liza Monet who is a rapper, announced his passing on social media.
“My dad died of coronavirus this morning, thank you for honoring his memory. He is a great legend in the soukouss that the Congolese people are losing today,” wrote rapper Liza Monet on twitter.
Mabele and his wife Liza who was from Re Union
He was born Aurélien Miatsonama in 1953 in the Poto-Poto district of Brazzaville. In 1974, together with his peers such as Jean Baron, Pedro Wapechkado and Mav Cacharel, he founded the group Ndimbola Lokolé.
In 1986, along with guitar wizard Diblo Dibala, he formed a band called “Le groupe Loketo” or simply “Loketo”, a word which means hips. It was an apt name as the band became famous for its hip swinging, up tempo hits, characterized by Dibala’s pacy guitar, a prominent percussion section and Mabele’s smooth vocals. Other members of the group included Jean Baron, Keyboardist Ronald Rubinel, rhythm guitarist Freddy De Majunga, bassist Miguel Yamba, and dancers Antoinette Yelessa and Joelle Esso
The band propelled him to prominence in the late 1980s. This was the era when the fast paced soukous style that emphasized swift guitar riffs and chanting rather than singing. Mabele’s songs were a prominent feature in dance clubs all over the continent. He was immensely popular in Kenya where he toured almost every year in the early 1990s. During this period, Loketo songs would send Kenyan fans stampeding to the dance-floor at any night club.
During this period, Loketo achieved huge success with hits like Douce Isabelle which introduced him to his Kenyan audience, Malou, which was composed by Jean Baron and Extra Ball which was composed by Diblo Dibala.
This was the classic album with hits like Douce Isabelle and Malou. Clockwise from left: Diblo Dibala, Aurlus Mabele, Mack Macaire and Jean Baron
He and Diblo Dibala parted ways in the early 1990s. Diblo left to form a band known as Matchatcha along with Freddy De Majunga and Miguel Yamba. Mabele stayed with Loketo and recruited another prominent soukous guitarist in Dally Kimoko with whom Mabele had most of his success. His friends from his youth like Jean Baron and Cacharel were prominent members of Loketo along with new members like guitarists Remy Salomon and Geo Bilongo, drummer Awilo Longomba as well as singers Lucien Bokilo, Mack Macaire and Solo Sita
One of his biggest songs was “Embargo”. He toured widely on the strength of this song which involved a series of chants by a female chorus line followed by a male chorus line and was completely devoid of singing. It typified that era and was very popular in dance clubs all over East and Central Africa.
In later years he tailored his music to the style of the French Antilles and achieved significant success in the Caribbean and in French Guyana.
Above all things, Mabele was a brilliant stage performer. Anyone who watched his videos or attended his concerts left thrilled. From his stylish dress code to his tireless dancing and well choreographed dancing troupes. It was a thrill a minute.
Having suffered a stroke, Mabele’s health weakened significantly. He was partially paralyzed. His wife Liza who was from Re Union Island, is said to have left him during this period.
His last album, “C’est va se savoir”, was in 2004.
Prior to the Cup of nations, Harambee Stars trained in France. FKF paid OneGoal Pro agency Sh106 million to prepare the Harambee Stars camp in France. OneGoalPro is owned by one Joe Kamga, who doubles up as then Stars coach Sebastien Migne’s agent. A major conflict of interest
Kenya’s first goal against Tanzania was a spectacular scissors kick from Michael Olunga
Johanna Omollo (left) was the best Kenya player at AFCON 2019
Kevin Kimani and the rest of Harambee Stars were left watching in disbelief as Eritrea outplayed and outfoxed Kenya winning 4-1
On a positive note, Kenya beat Tanzania twice in the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup
Mwanahalima Adam and the rest of the Harambee Starlets missed out on a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by a whisker after losing 1-0 (3-2) on aggregate to Zambia’s Shepolopolo in the penultimate round of the qualifiers
The Harambee Starlets squad that won the 2019 CECAFA womens challenge cup after beating Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania 2-0 in the final
St Anthonys Kitale won the Boys schools U19 title
Gor Mahia were crowned league champions for the 2018-2019 season
Bandari won the 2019 FKF cup
Kariobangi Sharks won the 2019 Sportpesa Super cup in Dar es Salaam, beating Bandari in an all Kenyan final. Bandari had shocked Simba SC in the semis
Gor Mahia won the 2019 Supercup, beating Bandari at Machakos.
Coach Steve Polack arrived from the UK and immediately took charge at Gor Mahia, leading them to a 5-1 aggregate win over Aigle Noire of Burundi
Bandari shocked US Ben Guerdane of Tunisia 3-2 on aggregate in the first round of the CAF Confederations cup
Back in the 1980s, Kenyan athletes used to be thoroughly exploited. In those days, any athlete who wanted to make money running overseas, had to commit to depositing a significant percentage of the money they won to the national association which was then known as Kenya Amateaur Athletics Association (KAAA). And in those days, there was not much money to be won since the sport was still largely amateaur. An athlete would thus work hard for several months training for a race then would have to relinquish half his money to officials, many of whom became wealthy rather quickly.
The net result was that athletes were demoralized. Many stopped training hard and Kenya’s performance was below par. This partially explains why Kenya won no medals at the 1983 world championships and only one gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
Things changed when Mike Boit became the Commissioner of sports and brought an end to that exploitative environment. Kenya’s performance improved dramatically with the athletes who were now more motivated, winning four gold medals at the 1988 Olympics.
Today sports officials are still exploiting players
The biggest issue holding Kenya Football back today is the fact that most clubs, most federations and indeed most leagues is that in addition to being run by incompetent people, they are rife with corruption and a complete lack of transparency.
Due to the lack of competent managers, the sports teams and leagues are often unable to attract sponsors and are unable to attract crowds or public interest because the managers of the sport do not know how to market or promote their product.
Indeed most people who show interest in running a club or a Federation go in with one thought in mind: To make money for themselves by siphoning off funds. It is the reason why whenever elections are announced in any sport, there is no shortage of interested candidates. Rather than attracting competent people, sports are structured to attract vultures who don’t know how to run the sport but are more interested in lining their pockets.
And there is plenty of money available. Clubs like Gor Mahia get money from various sources including direct corporate sponsorship, gate collections, member subscriptions, player transfer fees and so forth.
Federations like FKF, AK and NOCK get significant funds from the world bodies like FIFA, World Athletics and the IOC respectively. They get funds from sponsors like Nike. Indeed they also get funding from the ministry of sport. For example when Kenya played in the 2019 Africa Nations cup, the ministry disbursed Ksh 244 million and did not require accountability until there was a rift between the ministry and the Federation upon which sports PS Kirimi Kaberia suddenly demanded that FKF account for the Ksh 244 million.
At football clubs like Gor Mahia, AFC leopards and other clubs, there have been several documented examples of officials siphoning off gate proceeds. Players are sometimes sold to other clubs for amounts as high as Ksh 15 million. Yet the clubs always claim to be too broke to pay players. Even when the clubs had sponsorship and TV deals, the clubs were often unable to pay players on time.
In the end it is players and fans who suffer the most. Fans suffer through mediocre performances. Players often go several months without receiving a cent from the club while officials are busy siphoning off funds. Player contracts are not respected as recently described by veteran goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya.
“So many players out there are suffering as many clubs do not honour what is in the contracts and even some deny their players to look for greener pastures when an opportunity crops up,” Kasaya toldgoal.com
Gate proceeds are often under-reported. Nobody knows how funds received from player sales are used. Most club’s in Kenya are run by elected officials who are largely incompetent and will fight tooth and nail to avoid being accountable.
The ministry should not be funding sports federations or sports teams if the officials are simply lining their pockets while the players are going for months without being payed and in most cases lack medical coverage.
What is the Solution?
The Ministry of sports should set minimum standards that must be adhered to by each club, Federation or League. Failure to adhere to these standards will mean that the entity does not get funds from the ministry. This means that if a team needs to travel abroad for an international assignment, they must have adhered to the minimum standards. Clubs and Federations should be given a year to meet these standards after which they will be denied funds for travel.
Mechanisms should be put in place to assure transparency. A club or entity that is unable to account for their financial proceeds should outsource that task to a reputable independent company that will be responsible for collecting all funds, accounting for every cent. The company will then receive a percentage of all funds as compensation.
For the sake of long suffering fans and for the sake of the players who are being exploited and whose talents are being wasted, we plead with the ministry to bring order to sports in Kenya so that officials stop lining their pockets with funds that are supposed to benefit players. At a minimum, the sports ministry should invite football players who are currently playing in the Kenya Premier League to understand the exploitation many of them are subjected to.