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Congolese songs, Congo soukous

Kita Mata Bloque by Josky Kiambukuta and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Kita Mata Bloque was composed by Josky Kiambukuta. It was the title song for the album labeled ” Le Grande Maitre et Josky Kiambukuta avec Le TPOK Jazz”. It featured only Josky’s picture on the album sleeve. … Continue reading

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La beauté d’une femme by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered by Mbilia Bel in typically brilliant fashion amid superb saxophone solos by Afrisa’s horn section led by Modero Mekanisi. Synopsis Two co-wives are in conflict. Mbilia Bel sings the part … Continue reading

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Mangasa by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Mangasa was released late in 1988. It was part of an album that featured four songs, all by Simaro. The other songs were Couerr Artificiel, Maclebert and Sindo na Bruxelles It was at a time when Franco’s … Continue reading

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Mehida by Josky Kiambukuta and TPOK Jazz (Translation and Lyrics)

Introduction The song Mehida, was composed by Josky Kiambukuta and was released in 1983 as the lead song in the album labeled “Franco Presente Josky Kiambukuta”. The album featured three other songs composed and sung by Josky: Alita, Massini and … Continue reading

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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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Yamba Ngai by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction The song Yamba Ngai was released in 1985. It was one among many songs composed by Tabu Ley and sung by Mbilia Bel. Synopsis A woman expresses her joy at getting married religiously. She discusses her emotions during the … 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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Le glas a sonné by Tabu Ley (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction This song was part of the Exil Ley album which Tabu Ley recorded while in political exile. He had to flee the Congo for his safety after he criticized then President Mobutu Sese Seko much to the latter’s fury. … Continue reading

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