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Le glas a sonné by Tabu Ley (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was part of the Exil Ley album which Tabu Ley recorded while in political exile. He had to flee the Congo for his safety after he criticized then President Mobutu Sese Seko much to the latter’s fury. … Continue reading

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Celio by Franco and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Celio, was released in 1986. It was on side B of the album labeled “30 ans du success” and whose feature song was La Vie des Hommes album which was an album released to celebrate the 30th … Continue reading

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Nganda Tosalaka fete Lopango Batekisa (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was composed by Lutumba Simaro and was released in 1983. A harmonious choral section is augmented by a typically brilliant delivery by Josky Kiambukuta who is on lead vocals. This song features an excellent interplay between the … Continue reading

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Maya by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction 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 … Continue reading

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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction 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 … Continue reading

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Lisanga ya Bambanda by Mbilia Bel (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction The song Lisanga Ya Bambanda (Association of rivals) was composed by Tabu Ley. Two versions of this song were produced. One was sung by Tabu Ley and the other by Mbilia Bel. Video Lyrics and Translation   Tabu Ley … Continue reading

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Osilisi ngai mayele by Josky Kiambukuta (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction This song was released in 1987 as part of the album named Franco Present Josky Kiambukuta. The album featured two other songs: Kita Mata Bloque and Minzata. It marked Josky’s return to TPOK Jazz after he had left the … Continue reading

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Tokabola Sentiment by Josky and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction Tokabola Sentiment translates to: Let’s share the feeling. Released in 1979, this is one of Josky Kiambukuta’s greatest hits. In Zaire (now Congo), it was popularly known as Lukusa Tanzi. While in East Africa especially Kenya, it was popularly … Continue reading

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Mujinga by Franco & TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

The song Mujinga, composed by Franco was released in 1981. It was part of the popular album labeled Le Quart De Siecle De Franco De Mi Amor (Quarter century of Franco). The album also featured classic hits Bina Na Ngai … Continue reading

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Tangawizi by Papa Noel & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

This song was composed by guitar virtuoso Papa Noel Nedule. He is known as Papa Noel because he was born on December 25. The song was first released in 1982. The lead vocalist for this song is Ntesa Dalienst. In … Continue reading

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