Category Archives: Franco & TPOK Jazz songs

Tangawizi by Papa Noel & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

This song was composed by guitar virtuoso Papa Noel Nedule. He is known as Papa Noel because he was born on December 25. The song was first released in 1982. The lead vocalist for this song is Ntesa Dalienst. In … Continue reading

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Nabali Misere by Mayaula Mayoni(Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Nabali Misère translates to “I married misery”. It was composed by Mayaula Mayoni. The lead vocal is soulfully delivered by Djo Mpoyi Kaninda. The chorus line features Lukoki Diatho, Lola Checain and Wuta Mayi. Synopsis. The song … Continue reading

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Minzata by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction to Minzata The song Minzata is from the 1987 album “Franco Presente Josky Kiambukuta”. It was recorded in Brussels after Josky was convinced by Franco to return to TPOK Jazz. Josky had left the band in 1986 and recorded … Continue reading

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Massu by Jolie Detta and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction Massu and Jolie Detta In 1986, Franco for the first time ever made a recording with a female artiste. Her name was Jolie Detta, a daughter of a Greek father and Zairean mother. The tall and breathtakingly gorgeous Detta … Continue reading

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Missile by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Missile was released in 1983. It was recorded in Paris as part of the Choc Choc Choc sessions that featured musicians from both Afrisa and TPOK Jazz. Lyrically it is a classic Josky Kiambukuta song that laments the … Continue reading

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Mobali Malamu by TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Franco and TPOK Jazz never shied away from controversial topics. This song Mobali Malamu was composed by Pape Noel Nedule. The lead vocalist is Ntesa Dalienst Zitani. It is a song about a woman who is a mistress and tells … 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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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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