Lately I have been doing some deep listening to Bella Bella songs including the ones that I posted in YouTube especially over two songs that did not have the more "popular" Soki in the song.
I am speaking about Soki Dianzenza and older brother Soki Vangu as you can in this picture here. The younger beard man was Emilie Soki and the older man on the right was Maxime Soki.
Here is what I am going to say. I am going to say this and I know Bella Bella fans will mad at me. I understand why?
Soki Dianzenza is totally overrated and Soki Vangu is so underrated. I have been thinking this way and now, I am very convinced that it is the case.
Think of this way, the main reason why people even care to listen to Bella Bella is primarily because of Emilie Soki. Maxime Soki is not exactly the "most exciting" singer. That kills him. Because Emilie was the "exciting" one. He had more passion in his voice (though Maxime had great passion too). Emilie was the one who was like Madilu and Mayaula Mayoni, so unpredictable with his voice. When he sang with Nyboma and Soki Vangu, his voice was much lower and more manly. But during his return from his should have never existed band Bella Mambo, his voice seemed to be more hyper and much more fascinating.
That is probably why people overvalue Soki Dianzenza more than they should. Also since he was a wild character with a great voice like he did, so many people are fascinated by that as well. That might be another reason why Soki Dianzenza is overvalued. And finally, because Soki Dianzenza had more energy as a singer.
But people fail to recognize is that Soki Vangu is pretty important for the success of Bella Bella. It was Soki Vangu that kept the band going when Soki Dianzenza decided to venture his own thing. TWICE, I might add.
Maxime Soki continued Bella Bella in the 1980s when his brother Emilie bailed on him again when his issues finally got him captured. So sad because the Sokis could have continued but Emilie's issues became too overbearing clearly. But of course people bail on Maxime since he no longer had his brother in his wing.
Maxime Soki has never gotten his due because people really think mostly of Emilie Soki and they like and they will continue to try to forget about Maxime Soki as they would say he was "cocktail" of Emilie Soki that Emilie was the only special one.
That is how I guess that people see Bella Bella group. Majority consider Emilie Soki as the special one and Maxime Soki as the secondary and almost non valuable one.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Now if you love Celine Dion, you will love this news.
I am announcing this for everyone to get. For the month of February, I am going to give one person a focus on all five duets.
Celine Dion. Why? This year has been hard on her. She has been going through a lot.
Also, I love Celine Dion too much. I am a big fan of her songs and more importantly her voice. Her voice is special and it gives me joy to hear each and each time I listen.
I know a lot of singers that I believe need to sing with this woman. Because I believe that Celine Dion would benefit singing with other singers.
Next month, you will see who I think needs to do a duet with Celine Dion themselves.
Wait and see.
Another edition of "International Cross-Over".
I can actually imagine these two people singing together. Plus they have so much nurtures with their voices.
I am thinking about Canadian legend star Celine Dion and Congolese musical legend Josky Kiambukuta.
These two people I believe would the two people capable of singing together. Because Josky is a very diverse singer. He can sing high notes, medium notes and low notes and not have a problem at all.
Here is a little known fact, unlike most Canadian stars, Celine Dion actually knows French. Don't believe me, just hear this recent performance back in November in honor of the Paris Attacks.
Her voice in that video is so strong and emotional and her French is just like water.
Josky Kiambukuta could sing French very well though most of his songs are done in Lingala. But when Josky gave his French lines, it was magical and special.
Which is why I actually would love to see Celine Dion and Josky Kiambukuta sing together. Their French words together would magical and people would be oozed by their words and emotions as well.
Celine and Josky had emotional means to catch your heart and your mind. You would just sleep and say how luck you are that these two singers exist and their voices are the way they are.
These are the reasons why I believe Celine Dion and Josky Kiambukuta should have or should make music together.
This duet goes with another message I am going to do.
This is the dream duet that would be the excellent example of "international cross-over". These two artists are very like in many ways. They both have many fans that are nut heads in some case.
I am speaking about American Latino Star Jennifer Lopez and Congolese Big Shot Koffi Olomide.
Jennifer Lopez is known as a diva star who has a nice booty and she has made some amazing pop songs. Before she became a incredible sex symbol and the hot woman she is seen as by many, she was a fly dancer for the show "In Living Color" which included big stars like Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, and Jamie Foxx. She was a backup dancer for the Janet Jackson the little sister of late King of pop Michael Jackson. This was a short live moment as Jennifer had ambitions to be a big star herself. For a years before her big movie Selena, she was in films but she had little to no success. Jennifer Lopez was having issues as a young inspiring entertainer. Back in 1986-90 period, she was struggling to find her ideal roles and her desires were going no where as she was barely getting by. Might explain her song Jenny in the Block. In 1991, she started to find her ground into her entertainment life as a backup dancer for one big pop group. That was New Kids on the Block. From there, Jennifer would eventually find her way before her big album On the 6 came out which was in 1999. Since that album, Jennifer Lopez has become such a big star and many admire and envy her as well.
Koffi Olomide is known as a big Congolese star today and he is consider one big giant person of Congolese music. He is also considered "a sex symbol". Ladies love him to death and men admire his greatness. I argue that Koffi is the "Tabu Ley of his age". In fact Tabu Ley and Koffi have a similarities except from the beginnings. This is where Koffi comes in now alone. In fact Koffi Olomide is very educated unlike most Congolese musicians. He got a degree in Science which could explain why he was a great lyricist. Koffi was a big fan of Franco and Tabu Ley, he wanted to play for either of them. Problem was that neither of them especially Koffi's Tabu Ley wanted him. That turned to be sour for Koffi Olomide. This could explain why Koffi is so arrogant at times. One person who did accept would now his big enemy. Papa Wemba. Papa Wemba incorporated the young Koffi into Viva La Musica where also Kester Emeneya would enter the picture. I spoke about Koffi Olomide, Kester Emeneya and Papa Wemba sour relations.
FPK's Round- Kester vs Koffi vs Wemba
However Koffi Olomide would have very little success. I mean success where he would find big international fame. He was singing with people like Kester Emeneya and Josky Kiambukuta for some time before he finally found it officially on his Papa Bonheur work which finally gave Koffi a big boast. Since then, he eventually became MOPAO MOKONZI. He would work with Papa Wemba on their big collaboration "Wake Up".
Jennifer Lopez and Koffi Olomide have somethings in common like a big one: It took them years and I mean YEARS before they found their fame. Also, they are deeply deeply arrogant people. They thrive on controversy. With Koffi, it is documented. He feuded with folks like Sam Tshintu who played for Koffi, Fally Ipupa who also played for Koffi, Nyoka Longo, Kester Emeneya, and of course his former boss Papa Wemba. Jennifer Lopez has known to bark with others especially Mariah Carey. For some reason, Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey hate each other so deeply. Apparently, Mariah said that she did not "know" Jennifer Lopez which actually killed Mariah's star and helped increase Jennifer's popularity.
Which is actually why I say that these two stars should work together. Let me explain. See both stars love the international spotlight more than their own spotlight in their respective countries. IT IS A FACT. Koffi has been working with other African artists to get some youth to know him and like him. IT HAS WORKED. Jennifer Lopez worked with Brazilian hot shot Claudia Leitte for a World Cup song. Now Jennifer Lopez has even more popularity in Brazil than she has had before.
This is the ideal scenario for me. Jennifer Lopez and Koffi Olomide are perfect for each other. Both are arrogant and they are sex symbols. Why have them make a song where it is a more pop song where Jennifer can sing English and Spanish while Koffi can sing in Lingala and English and they can show affection towards each other. I know men and women alike would love it. I mean reasonable affection. Also where Jennifer and Koffi can dance their styles together in their respective songs. Get a Jennifer Lopez song and get a Koffi Olomide and they can show appreciation for each other.
Another reason and final one is that Koffi Olomide confessed his love for Jennifer Lopez back in 2001. He did a interview with one of my favorite African musical reporters and former radio host Martin Sinnock. He told Martin in some affect, Koffi was very fond of Jennifer Lopez and he considered her as a gift to us. That was the main point behind Koffi's comment. I am not sure what he exactly said but that is how I got from Koffi's comments about Jennifer Lopez.
I say this: Jennifer Lopez and Koffi Olomide should do some collaborations together. They are perfect for each other.
I know many people like to see R&B stars like male R&B stars do their own thing.
But for me, there are moments where two big R&B shots need to sing together for more pleasure. Sometimes two are better than one.
Here are the reasons why I believe that Maxwell and Babyface should work together.
1) Babyface knows how to make love sweet love songs
2) Maxwell enjoys sweet love songs.
3) Babyface seems to have a need for a duet partner.
4) Maxwell and Babyface have ladies want to throw their panties at them.
5) They make sure that you feel something special with your love one.
These reasons alone should be why I believe that Babyface and Maxwell should make a song together.
Since Baby's voice is more smoother and Maxwell's voice is more raunchy, it is mixing milk and honey. It would be so magical and lovely for women. That way, they can have their imagination of romance in their hearts.
Babyface and Maxwell would be a perfect duo together.
Hello everyone. I am so surprised that these two artists have never worked together. It is so interesting in my view.
These two artists did both worked with Michael Jackson and they came from big groups.
I am speaking of Lionel Richie and Paul McCartney. These are two artists who should be together in some project by now.
I believe their voices would meld into beautiful melody. As I say often, "opposites attract". Because Paul McCartney is much more experimental which obviously comes from being a former member of the Beatles. Lionel Richie is a smooth singer with some unique confidence that many singers are not capable of having that kind of confidence.
I have a belief that if Lionel Richie and Paul McCartney worked together, we could see some people definitively stand up and dance along. Also older people would love to see two legends to be together.
If I had to get a classic duet for the moment, it would have to be Lionel Richie and Paul McCartney.
I am going to make a duet special that I never considered but I will do anyway. This duet should be in the works but it will never be. Plus it is a combination of a young lady and older lady together.
I am speaking about Christina Aguilera and Gloria Estefan.
These two stars should make songs together. Because I believe that their hispanic heritage and their voices would meld together. Also furthermore, I see unbelievable confidence in both of these stars.
Also I know that Christina Aguilera has a open sound. She has gone from pop music to hip hop music to disco music to dance music. I mean Christina has shown that she has a wide interest in music.
Gloria Estefan would be the next person that she can go with. Gloria is an American artist with a lot of love for Salsa Music. I think Christina should try this music to give an experience into her career with genres that she has done for some time.
I know that Christina and Gloria have very strong voices and their passionate voices will equal some beautiful melody.
Can you imagine Christina Aguilera and Gloria Estefan together. It would pure entertainment and great pleasure.