In this classic early
1980s pictures are TPOK Jazz stalwarts.From left
: Wuta Mayi composer of Ayant Droit,
Josky Kiambukuta, Sax Matalanza, Franco,
unknown, Papa Noel Nedule, Ndombe Opetum and
Lola Checain, composer of MekaOkangama
In 1983, rival bands Afrisa led by Tabu Ley
and TPOK Jazz led by Franco put their enemity
aside and collaborated for a series of
memorable and historic albums.
Afrisa Saxophonist Modero Mekanisi played side
by side with OK Jazz saxophonist Matalanza
Afrisa lead vocalist Pom Pom Kuleta sung side by
side with OK Jazz lead vocalist Josky Kiambukuta
ITPOK Jazz were the resident band at Franco's
nightclub : Un-Deux-Trois in Kinshasa.
Djo Mpoyi, Wuta Mayi and Lola Checain leading
the frontline at Un-Deux-Trois
Ntesa Dalienst whose real name is Daniel Zitani
Ya Ntesa, was one of the pre-eminent vocalists
and composers of the earlyy 1980. His song Bina
na Ngai na respect was one of the biggest hits
of the period.