Category Archives: TPOK Jazz songs

Missile by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Missile was released in 1983. It was recorded in Paris as part of the Choc Choc Choc sessions that featured musicians from both Afrisa and TPOK Jazz. Lyrically it is a classic Josky Kiambukuta song that laments the … Continue reading

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Mobali Malamu by TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

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Franco and TPOK Jazz never shied away from controversial topics. This song Mobali Malamu was composed by Pape Noel Nedule. The lead vocalist is Ntesa Dalienst Zitani. It is a song about a woman who is a mistress and tells … Continue reading

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Tokoma Ba Camarade Pamba (Lyrics and Translation)

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This is one of Franco’s classic songs and most reknown from the golden era of TPOK Jazz. It features exhilarating guitar riffs by Franco as well as superb vocals by Franco and Josky Kiambukuta Back to Kenya Music Page

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Candidat na biso Mobutu by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)

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This is one of the biggest propaganda songs ever composed by anyone. It was composed by Franco in 1984 for the Zairean Presidential elections. Mobutu was the only candidate and the election election took the format of a “yes” or … Continue reading

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Farceur by Franco (Translation and Lyrics)

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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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La Response de Mario (Lyrics and Translation)

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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)

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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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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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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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