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Tokoma Ba Camarade Pamba (Lyrics and Translation)

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

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)

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)

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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Farceur by Franco (Translation and Lyrics)

This classic song was composed and released by Franco in 1982. It features Franco on lead vocals with a chorus line that includes among others, Ntesa Dalienst Go back to Kenya Music Page

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Muzina by Tabu Ley (Lyrics and translation)

The album “Muzina” was released in 1994. The title track is actually a gospel song in which Tabu Ley exhorts everyone to pray to God, praise God and thank God for his blessings. During this period, Tabu Ley had run … Continue reading

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La Response de Mario (Lyrics and Translation)

The song La Réponse de Mario, released in 1987 was a sequel to the highly popular song Mario from 1985, also by Franco. The original Mario was a song in which the young man Mario is accused of avoiding women … Continue reading

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Lettre à Mr. Le Directeur General (Lyrics and Translation)

Most music fans though Franco and Tabu Ley were bitter enemies. Imagine their surprise when the two embarked on a joint project in 1983 which preduced a number of albums. The songs were produced by a combination of Afrisa and … Continue reading

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Aquarelle by Koffi Olomide (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Aquarelle (Watercolor) is track number 8 from Koffi Olomide’s album Force de Frappe (strikeforce) that was released in February 2001. The song was composed by Jordan Kusa. Vocals by Koffi, Jordan Kusa, Fally Ipupa and Gipson Back to … Continue reading

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The concept of Nzonzing in Congolese Music

Introduction to the concept of Nzonzing Verkys and Youlou pioneers of Nzonzing http://kenyapage.net/commentary/wp-admin/post.php?post=4460&action=edit&message=10 Pepe Kalle and the rise of Empire Bakuba Na Lifelo Bisengo Bizali by Simaro The rise of Les Ya Tupas Koffi Olomide and Ba La Joie Nzonzing … Continue reading

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