Category Archives: Songs

Congolese songs, Congo soukous

Chacun pour soi by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)

1983 was a very productive year for TPOK Jazz. That year, OK Jazz produced 10 albums. Among these was the album Choc Choc Choc featuring Franco, Mavatiku Visi (Michelino) and Josky. In this song Josky provides the chorus line while … Continue reading

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Parking ya Baba by Koffi Olomide (Lyrics and Translation)

Koffi Olomide was born in a poor background. When he wa sborn, he was in such poor health that no one thought he would survive. In his infancy, his relatives called him “Antoine Makila mabe” (Antoine bad blood) due to … Continue reading

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Mobali Na Ngai Wana – Mbilia Bel (Lyrics – Translation)

The song “Mobali na Ngai wana” (This man of mine) was composed by Tabu Ley and Roger Izeidi and sung primarily by Mbilia Bel. It is an adaptation of a Kikongo traditional song.     Back to Translations Page  

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Angela by Ndombe Opetum (Lyrics & Translation)

This song marked Ndombe Opetum’s glorious return to TPOK Jazz. He had joined the band in 1975, then left in 1984 on a sojourn in which he formed a band known as Tiers Monde Cooperation along with Sam Mangwana and … Continue reading

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Cherie Bondowe by Mayaula Mayoni & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translations)

Introduction The song Cherie Bondowe by Mayaula Mayoni was released in 1975. It was highly controversial because it presented the life of a prostitute from her perspective. It was seen to be promoting or at the very least defending prostitution. … Continue reading

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Boma Ngai, na boma yo to bomana by Madilu System & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

This classic song composed by Madilu System was released in 1986. It was his second major hit after he joined TPOK Jazz. His first one was Pesa Position. Madilu had joined TPOK Jazz in the early 1980s and he first … Continue reading

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Bina na Ngai na respect by Dalienst and OK Jazz (translated)

This song is the most famous song composed by Zitani Dalienst Ya Ntesa, known mostly by his sobriquet Dalienst. He joined TPOK Jazz in 1978 and immediately became one of the band’s key performers with his superb vocals. But it … Continue reading

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Paradiso by Madilu System (Translated)

This is a song from Madilu’s 1993 album “Sans Commentaire”. It was his second album after his acrimonious departure from TPOK Jazz Back to Kenya Music Page

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Infidelite Mado by Celi Bitshou and TPOK Jazz (Translated)

The song Infidelite Mado (Mado’s infidelity) was one of the biggest hits on the continent in early 1970s. It was composed by Celi Bitschou. The vocal solo was delivered by Youlou Mabiala while Franco strung the solo guitar.   Back … Continue reading

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Maze by Tabu Ley (Translated)

The period of the late 1970s and early 1980s At the height of the rivalry between Tabu Ley and Franco. In 1980, Tabu released this blockbuster of a song called “Maze” about a woman who was a love interest. The … Continue reading

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