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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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Georgette Mowana alias Tété, Tabu Ley’s first wife

Image courtesy of tabu.reseau.jord.net   Tabu Ley Website  

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Remembering Lutumba Simaro in pictures

                                                 

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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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Jeanne Mokomo Miss Zaire 1969, Mother of Tabu Ley’s children

Jeanne Mokomo was Miss Zaire 1969. She later participated in the Miss Universe contest of 1969 in Miami Florida. She along with Miss Tunisia were the only African contestants. She had six children with Tabu Ley. This after Tabu Ley … Continue reading

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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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