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Statue of Franco Luambo Makiadi unveiled in Kinshasa

Twenty six years after the passing of Franco Luambo Makiadi, a statue has been unveiled in his honour. Franco who is considered the greatest musician Africa has ever produced, passed away in 1989, ending a career that lasted over 30 … Continue reading

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Tokoma Ba Camarade Pamba (Lyrics and Translation)

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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Biography of Michelino Mavatiku Visi

Birth in Matadi Michelino Joins Africa Fiesta Sukisa Michelino with Tabu Ley and Afrisa Michelino in Festival Maquisards Michelino in Les Grand Maquisards Michelino Joins Franco & TPOK Jazz Video of TPOK Jazz performing the hit song “Salima” Re-Union with … Continue reading

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New documentary about Franco Luambo Makiadi

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Layile by Franco feat Jolie Detta (translated)

In 1986 Franco introduced a tall, elegant, beautiful singer / dancer with a heavenly voice. Her name was Kamenga Koyabote but she is popularly known by her stage name Jolie Detta. She stayed with TPOK Jazz long enough only to … Continue reading

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AZDA by Franco Luambo (Translated)

One fact that would surprise many Franco fans is that many of his songs were actually paid infomercials. One of the most famous of his infomercials was the song AZDA released in 1973. It was a song about a Volkswagen … Continue reading

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Mamou by Franco Luambo (Translated)

This hit song composed by Franco is also known as Tu Vois ? (You see ?). It is a song about two women who accuse each other of infidelity and prostitution.  It was one of the very first songs which … Continue reading

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Franco’s Attention Na Sida (Translated)

This is one of Le Grand Maitre’s most famous songs and his most powerful. It was sung in 1987 at a time when the AIDS virus was a new phenomenon, perhaps well known for only about 2-3 years. AIDS was … Continue reading

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