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Koffi Olomide should have listened to Tabu Ley’s words

On July 22 2016, Koffi Olomide was deported from Kenya where he had gone for a series of concerts. The reason for his deportation is that he was seen on a cell phone camera viciously attacking one of his dancers … Continue reading

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Missile by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Missile was released in 1983. It was recorded in Paris as part of the Choc Choc Choc sessions that featured musicians from both Afrisa and TPOK Jazz. Lyrically it is a classic Josky Kiambukuta song that laments the … Continue reading

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Mobali Malamu by TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

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Franco and TPOK Jazz never shied away from controversial topics. This song Mobali Malamu was composed by Pape Noel Nedule. The lead vocalist is Ntesa Dalienst Zitani. It is a song about a woman who is a mistress and tells … Continue reading

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Franco Luambo and Mobutu Sese Seko a strange relationship

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Franco always had a political bent which he expressed in many of his songs. While still in his teens, he had been a trouble maker before Congo got independence from the Belgians. One of his earliest forays into politics came … Continue reading

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Erreur by Viva La Musica and Papa Wemba (Lyrics)

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Statue of Franco Luambo Makiadi unveiled in Kinshasa

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Twenty six years after the passing of Franco Luambo Makiadi, a statue has been unveiled in his honour. Franco who is considered the greatest musician Africa has ever produced, passed away in 1989, ending a career that lasted over 30 … Continue reading

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Tokoma Ba Camarade Pamba (Lyrics and Translation)

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This is one of Franco’s classic songs and most reknown from the golden era of TPOK Jazz. It features exhilarating guitar riffs by Franco as well as superb vocals by Franco and Josky Kiambukuta Back to Kenya Music Page

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Biography of Mpongo Love

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M’Pongo Love, whose real name Alfride M’Pongo Landu is a Congolese musician. She is well known for soft soprano voice but even more importantly because she succeeded in becoming a succesful musician despite being disabled. Along with Mbilia Bel, Tshala … Continue reading

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Mousoukou soukou by Koffi Olomide (lyrics and translation)

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In 1996, Koffi Olomide and Papa Wemba, two stalwarts of Congolese music came together to create an album named “Wake Up”. At this point in time, Koffi was at the pinnacle of his career and was no doubt the top … Continue reading

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Candidat na biso Mobutu by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)

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This is one of the biggest propaganda songs ever composed by anyone. It was composed by Franco in 1984 for the Zairean Presidential elections. Mobutu was the only candidate and the election election took the format of a “yes” or … Continue reading

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