Mangasa by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)


The song Mangasa was released late in 1988. It was part of an album that featured four songs, all by Simaro. The other songs were Couerr Artificiel, Maclebert and Sindo na Bruxelles

It was at a time when Franco’s health had started to fail and he was not as active in the band as he was frequently in Europe seeking treatment. Franco had therefore started ceding control of the band to Simaro. To illustrate this, the album cover was labeled “Simaro et le TP OK Jazz”.

The lead singer is Josky Kiambukuta. Madilu System and Malage de Lugendo also provide solo vocals. De Lugendo’s vocal is especially powerful as his ability to variate his voice from high to low in the same verse is in full effect here. A melodious harmony section fills the space between the three vocalists, all of whom also featured prominently in the other three songs on the album.


The song is the story of a man who divorced his wife. He thought he had found a better woman. But after going with more than five other women in a short time, he claims to find the flaws of his first wife in others.

When he recalls his life with his first wife, he concludes that there is no perfect woman. He regrets ever leaving his first wife. He is embarrassed. His disappointment is illustrated by the popular proverb of a crocodile who fled the rain to hide in the popular epic known as Elima Ngando

Song Video

Lyrics and Translation

Josky’s Vocal Solo


Josky’s Second Vocal solo

Madilu’s vocal solo

De Lugendo’s Vocal Solo


Franco and TPOK Jazz Website


The Epic of Elima Ngando

Elima Ngando is an epic among the Bakongo people of Congo DR.

Elima means “the spirit that is at the origin of the movement”. It is a spirit that lives in the water.

Ngando means crocodile  .
Elima Ngando means sacred crocodile, gatekeeper of the Mothers of the Waters.

Elima is from the region of Mai-Ndomb√© in Bandundu Province. Lake Mai-Ndombe feeds the Fimi River, a tributary of the Congo River. Mai-Ndombe means “black water” in Lingala. The local population travels by canoe on this lake, the anchor (Longo en Lingala) is therefore a major element of everyday life.

Elima is Creator, Longo Teacher, Dancer, Choreographer, African Dance Teacher but also Author-Composer-Interpreter, Member of the Circle of Wisdom and Union of Ancestral Traditions, Founder of the Iso la Iso Association.

The sacred waters of Nkamba are fed by a permanent source of holy water. Nkamba, the birthplace of Simon Kimbangu, a city of love, true peace and moral and spiritual comfort is located between the three Congo: Congo Brazzaville, Congo Kinshasa and Angola.

Author: musica

2 thoughts on “Mangasa by Simaro and TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

  1. This is one of the great songs I like from TP OK Jazz Band. Thanks for translation, for me the music of TP OK Jazz is one of the best I ever listened to since the 70s. I wonder if this band still exists in the Congo Democratic Republic. I hope so .
    All the best and blessings for the music of Africa.

  2. We miss the great artists like Franco , Simaro Lutumba , Madilu and many others in Africa but through their music a legend lives on. I respect and like African music , Rhumba and Benga the most favourites of my choice, although most words not unnderstand when it comes to Dholuo (Benga music) , little for Lingala, good for KiSwahili.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.