Category Archives: Songs

Congolese songs, Congo soukous

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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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s, not just in the Congo (then known as Zaire) but also all over Africa, particularly East Africa. It was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered soulfully by … Continue reading

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Lisanga ya Bambanda by Mbilia Bel (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction The song Lisanga Ya Bambanda (Association of rivals) was composed by Tabu Ley. Two versions of this song were produced. One was sung by Tabu Ley and the other by Mbilia Bel. Video Lyrics and Translation   Tabu Ley … 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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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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