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Koffi Olomide should have listened to Tabu Ley’s words

On July 22 2016, Koffi Olomide was deported from Kenya where he had gone for a series of concerts. The reason for his deportation is that he was seen on a cell phone camera viciously attacking one of his dancers … 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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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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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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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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Kabaselleh in memoriam by Franco & Tabu Ley (translated)

This classic song was composed and sung by both Franco and Tabu Ley after the passing of Joseph Kabaselleh , popularly known as Grand Kalle. He was the founding father of modern Congolese music. He was Congo’s first mega-star and … Continue reading

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Picture of some of Tabu Ley’s 104 children

It is well known that legendary Congolese musician Tabu Ley was a prolific singer and composer who released well over 250 albums. But Tabu Ley was equally prolific at fathering children. The total number of children he fathered has been … Continue reading

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Tabu Ley has died

Legendary Congolese singer/composer and band leader Tabu Ley Rochereau has passed on today (November 30 2913). He died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Brussels Belgium Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for a stroke that he had suffered in 2008, … Continue reading

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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel

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Mbilia Bel biography

Mbilia Bel was Africa’s first female trans continental diva. She became the first female musician from Africa who could claim popularity all over the entire continent and beyond. In fact one could argue that there has not been any female … Continue reading

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