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Kita Mata Bloque by Josky Kiambukuta and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction 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. … Continue reading

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Remembering Aurlus Mabele

Background 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 … Continue reading

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La beauté d’une femme by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered by Mbilia Bel in typically brilliant fashion amid superb saxophone solos by Afrisa’s horn section led by Modero Mekanisi. Synopsis Two co-wives are in conflict. Mbilia Bel sings the part … Continue reading

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Remembering Lutumba Simaro in pictures

                                                 

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Mangasa by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Mangasa was released late in 1988. It was part of an album that featured four songs, all by Simaro. The other songs were Couerr Artificiel, Maclebert and Sindo na Bruxelles It was at a time when Franco’s … Continue reading

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Mehida by Josky Kiambukuta and TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction The song Mehida, was composed by Josky Kiambukuta and was released in 1983 as the lead song in the album labeled “Franco Presente Josky Kiambukuta”. The album featured three other songs composed and sung by Josky: Alita, Massini and … Continue reading

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Yamba Ngai by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Yamba Ngai was released in 1985. It was one among many songs composed by Tabu Ley and sung by Mbilia Bel. Synopsis A woman expresses her joy at getting married religiously. She discusses her emotions during the … Continue reading

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Ida by Franco and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song “Ida” was the first song on Face B of the 30th anniversary album of TPOK Jazz. Released in 1986, the album was dubbled “30 ans du success”. The album featured three melancholic songs all discussing the difficulties … Continue reading

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Koffi Olomide’s tribute to Simaro (translated)

In the first part of the tribute, Koffi plays an interpretation of Simaro’s classic hit Ebale ya Zaire that is modified for the occasion of Simaro’s passing The second part of the tribute is a narrative by Koffi   Simaro … Continue reading

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Le Poete Simaro Lutumba passes away

  Lutumba Simaro, arguably the greatest songwriter in the history of African music, has passed away today (March-30-2019). Simaro, whose full name is Lutumba Massiya Simaro Ndomanueno, was 81 years old, having been born on March 19 1938. He passed … Continue reading

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