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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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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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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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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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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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