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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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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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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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Pesa Position by Madilu System

This was the first hit song that Madilu System composed after he had joined TPOK Jazz. Prior to that he had been well known for being the lead singer on songs composed by Franco. This included songs like Mamou, Non … Continue reading

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