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Mibali Basala Attention by Josky Kiambukuta & TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction The song Mibali Basala Attention which translates to “Men beware”, was composed by Josky Kiambukuta around 1990. It was on Face B of the Chandra album and was one of the first albums released following the passing of Franco … Continue reading

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Ida by Franco and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song “Ida” was the first song on Face B of the 30th anniversary album of TPOK Jazz. Released in 1986, the album was dubbled “30 ans du success”. The album featured three melancholic songs all discussing the difficulties … Continue reading

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C’est dur la vie d’une femme celibataire Lyrics and Translation

  Background In 1987, Jolie Detta who had sung on the popular album “Massu”, left TP OK Jazz. Franco recruited two musicians to replace Detta. The two were Baniel Bambo and Nana Akumu. The duo went on to sing lead … Continue reading

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La vie des hommes by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was released in 1986 as part of an album celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of TPOK Jazz. The album was labeled 30 Ans du success and had two other songs: Ida and Celio. Franco is … Continue reading

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Celio by Franco and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Celio, was released in 1986. It was on side B of the album labeled “30 ans du success” and whose feature song was La Vie des Hommes album which was an album released to celebrate the 30th … Continue reading

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Nganda Tosalaka fete Lopango Batekisa (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was composed by Lutumba Simaro and was released in 1983. A harmonious choral section is augmented by a typically brilliant delivery by Josky Kiambukuta who is on lead vocals. This song features an excellent interplay between the … Continue reading

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Maya by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This classic hit from 1985 was composed by Lutumba Massiya Simaro, who was Franco’s trusted lieutenant. However Franco considered the song a betrayal because Simaro recorded it outside the TPOK Jazz system while Franco was away on a extended … Continue reading

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Osilisi ngai mayele by Josky Kiambukuta (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction This song was released in 1987 as part of the album named Franco Present Josky Kiambukuta. The album featured two other songs: Kita Mata Bloque and Minzata. It marked Josky’s return to TPOK Jazz after he had left the … Continue reading

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Tokabola Sentiment by Josky and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction Tokabola Sentiment translates to: Let’s share the feeling. Released in 1979, this is one of Josky Kiambukuta’s greatest hits. In Zaire (now Congo), it was popularly known as Lukusa Tanzi. While in East Africa especially Kenya, it was popularly … Continue reading

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Mujinga by Franco & TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

The song Mujinga, composed by Franco was released in 1981. It was part of the popular album labeled Le Quart De Siecle De Franco De Mi Amor (Quarter century of Franco). The album also featured classic hits Bina Na Ngai … Continue reading

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