Category Archives: Tabu Ley& Afrisa Songs

Muzina by Tabu Ley (Lyrics and translation)

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

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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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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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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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Eswi yo wapi by Mbilia Bel (Translated)

The phrase Eswi Yo wapi is the Lingal equivalent of “How does this concern you . In Kiswahili, the equivalent phrase is “Pili pili usiyoila yakuwashia nini” ? This was one of the earliest songs Mbilia Bel sung. She was … Continue reading

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Mbilia Bel still very beautiful in her 50s

In this track , Mbilia Bel pays tribute to Tshala Mwana on her birthday. Tshala Mwana being from the Southern part of Congo and being from the Baluba tribe where Kiswahili is often used , sung a lot of songs … Continue reading

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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel

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LE GLAS A SONNE by Tabu Ley

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. This … Continue reading

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