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Franco Luambo and Mobutu Sese Seko a strange relationship

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

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)

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 RĂ©ponse 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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