Category Archives: Songs

Congolese songs, Congo soukous

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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Muzina by Tabu Ley (Lyrics and translation)

The album “Muzina” was released in 1994. The title track is actually a gospel song in which Tabu Ley exhorts everyone to pray to God, praise God and thank God for his blessings. During this period, Tabu Ley had run … Continue reading

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La Response de Mario (Lyrics and Translation)

The song La Réponse de Mario, released in 1987 was a sequel to the highly popular song Mario from 1985, also by Franco. The original Mario was a song in which the young man Mario is accused of avoiding women … Continue reading

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Lettre à Mr. Le Directeur General (Lyrics and Translation)

Most music fans though Franco and Tabu Ley were bitter enemies. Imagine their surprise when the two embarked on a joint project in 1983 which preduced a number of albums. The songs were produced by a combination of Afrisa and … Continue reading

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Aquarelle by Koffi Olomide (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Aquarelle (Watercolor) is track number 8 from Koffi Olomide’s album Force de Frappe (strikeforce) that was released in February 2001. The song was composed by Jordan Kusa. Vocals by Koffi, Jordan Kusa, Fally Ipupa and Gipson Back to … Continue reading

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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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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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