After the departure of Franco
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Following Franco's death, the body was flown back home accompanied by
family and band members. Because Franco was so much ingrained into the
fabric of society, many Zaireans mourned his death more than they would
that of a blood relative. Thousands of mourners massed the airport as
the hearse arrived and many more lined the streets of Kinshasa to watch
as the hearse which was now covered in the national flag passed through
the streets escorted by a parade of Police cars.
The government declared 4 days of mourning. In the following days, Voix du Zaire, the national radio service played nothing but an overdose of Franco songs 24 hours a day. Finally on October 17 Franco was lowered to his final resting-place.
Madilu had now adopted the sobriquet Madilu Multisysteme Le Grand Ninja, Josky was now referred to as le Commerndant de Boarde. Other excellent albums released during that period included Eau Benite by Simaro and the album Somo which featured Maby by Josky and Madilu's Mort Viviant Somida. The band was still going strong and all seemed well. In 1991 they embarked on a tour of Kenya which was well received by crazed Kenyan fans.
However at the end of the last concert after having been paid by the promoters, they were conned out of the entire loot by an unknown middleman. They vowed never to visit Kenya again.
With Simaro , Madilu and Josky at the forefront, the band seemed ready to carry the mantle of TP OK Jazz.
Then the trouble started: Madilu released his own album outside the Ok Jazz system. The album titled Na pokwa Ya Lelo(in the evening of today) featured up tempo versions of some of his earlier songs and was a huge success. The rest of the band members were not amused and Madilu was suspended for six months. He opted to leave the band and pursue a solo career. Months later the band members ran into a disagreement with members of Franco's family in particular his sister Marie Louise. The family was demanding an unreasonable share of the band's revenue. The band members could not comply with their demands and opted to form another band which they named Bana OK. (people of OK).
This spelled the end of the great TPOK Jazz after 36 years of huge success. Bana Ok have continued to record and stage concerts all over Africa and Europe with a reasonable amount of success. They have however not reached the heights of success, which they enjoyed during the Franco era.
In 1993, Djo Mpoyi who's silken voice wowed fans in songs like
Mbongo-money-L'argent and celio died. Three years later in
1996 Ntessa Dalienst died of a brain tumour.
Under the leadership of Lutumba Simmarro, Bana OK have are still going strong. Among the CDs they have released include Tonerre show which was collaboration with Pepe Kalle and Trahison which featured vocals by Koffi Olomide. More recently they have released CDs such as Toucher Jouer and Dernier,Avertissement(last warning) which features a shorter, faster rendition of Josky's 1979 mega-hit Propetaire.
New recruits to the band include returnee Makosso and Shakembo whose silken voice is reminiscent of the Late Djo Mpoyi.
While still remaining faithful to the Rhumba Odemba originated by Franco , Bana OK have switched from the traditional intro-song-sebene format to a single speed format , more in tune with the times. Their latest album is labeled Ingratitude
Bana OK musicians have also collaborated with several prominent musicians. In 1997 Josky joined up with Koffi Olomide to produce the hit album Ngounda.
At the beginning of 2002, Bana OK was rocked by yet another tragedy when Jerry Dialungana, the bands solo guitarist who was also an integral Part Of TPOK Jazz in the 70s and 80s, passed away.
Bana Ok members Ndombe Opetum , Lutumba Simarro and Josky Kiambukuta