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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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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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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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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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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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Daughter of Ntesa Dalienst to produce album with Fally Ipupa

Christelle Ntesa Lova, a daughter of former TPOK Jazz vocalist Ntesa Dalienst Zitani is set to make her debut album. The album will be produce by Fally Ipupa and will feature musicians from Fally’s group. The album will be produced … Continue reading

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Biography of Michelino Mavatiku Visi

Birth in Matadi Michelino Joins Africa Fiesta Sukisa Michelino with Tabu Ley and Afrisa Michelino in Festival Maquisards Michelino in Les Grand Maquisards Michelino Joins Franco & TPOK Jazz Video of TPOK Jazz performing the hit song “Salima” Re-Union with … Continue reading

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Upcoming album “Ma Priere” could be Simaro’s last

Reports emanating from Kinshasa suggest that legendary Congolese composer/guitarist Lutumba Simaro is seriously contemplating retiring from the music scene. Simaro, whose full name is Ltumba Massiya Simaro Ndomanueno was born in 1938 and has been in the music scene since … Continue reading

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Rest in peace Babia Ndonga Chokoro

Congolese musician Babia Ndonga “Chokoro” who is mostly known for his role as a lead vocalist in Koffi Olomide’s Quartier Latin passed away on 2014. Babia sung in Quartier Latin when that band was at the very peak of its … Continue reading

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Papa Wemba gets married

Papa Wemba has “officially” married his wife of 44 years, Marie Rose. The ceremony was held in the Madiakoko neighbourhood of Matonge disctrict in Kinshasa. Papa Wemba and his wife Marie Rose who is popularly known as “Mere Amazone” were … Continue reading

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