Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mayaula Mayoni & Mpongo Love


Hello friends. I am back with something special. It has been weeks. So many problems (as usual) with school things and usual youth crap that I deal with. 

Now I look at two people I wish would have made more music together. I am speaking of Mayaula Mayoni and Mpongo Love

These two made one incredible song that I cannot get enough of. That song is Ndaya. It is a song that send Mpongo Love to become one of the earlier pioneers of Congolese Music Diva Scene. In fact there were two singers that came before. They were Abeti Masikini and Mpongo Love. In fact thanks to Abeti Masikini, you got Abby Sourya, Mbilia Bel and even Tshala Muana

This song also helped make Mayaula Mayoni officially as a musician and no longer quite the soccer player that he once was back in the older days. He would later on make some incredible songs such as Mizele, Nabali misere, Bikini, Ousmane Bakyoko. 

But however I feel like that Mayaula Mayoni and Mpongo Love missed a oppurtunity to make more music together. Whenever I listen to Ndaya, I see the voices and the guitars together. I think the vocals are Mpongo Love and Empompo Loway who does a great job with his saxophone with the soothing guitar rhythm of Mayoni. This song is a great song and it is beyond just a song. It is a song with message of a true love and a desire for better love within the relationship. Furthermore, you can see the chemistry of Mayuala's guitar and Mpongo Love's vocals. That is why I feel like that Mayoni and Love should have made more music together. Because the chemistry is there and when you have it, you would like to keep going. That is my honest opinion. Had they made more music together, I honestly feel like that they would have had bigger stardom in both of their careers. 

But then again that is fantasy. I am so grateful that Mayaula Mayoni and Mpongo Love made a great song together called Ndaya. It is a event that I feel it is not discussed enough by our elders. I am so happy. 

In fact this goes along with another announcement:
I will do dream duets during this year. I will do two artists that I feel should have or should work together. I will do all artists. Dead or alive, I will do them. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Revamp of Le TPOK Jazz of Grand Maitre Franco

Happy New Year friends and followers of my blog and my YouTube life. We enter a new year. It is the year 2015 with so much to do. Hopefully I will do more posts soon but so many things going on, so am I not sure. 

Now I am about to touch another important topic. Revival of one powerful band that was once popular in DRC Congo and the whole Africa republic. 

It is the band of my first idol Franco. The band Le TPOK Jazz. It symbolizes for Le Tout Puissant OK Jazz. It was originally called L'OK Jazz which based a bar owned by a person name Oscar Kashala or Oscar Kalala. Formed in 1953, it would be a band until 1994. Another version of OK Jazz came with Youlou Mabiala

In Facebook and general, I have heard and even been asked about possibilities of not only revival of OK Jazz in Kinshasa but even in Kenya or even the western areas. 

My personal outlook is this. They are possible areas to look for OK Jazz revival if it is to ever be international. 

Here are possible areas 
Le TPOK Jazz Kinshasa
Le TPOK Jazz Lubumbashi
Le TPOK Jazz Matadi
Le TPOK Jazz Kisangani 
Le TPOK Jazz Mbuji-Mayi 
Le TPOK Jazz Bukavu 
Le TPOK Jazz Mbandaka 
Le TPOK Jazz Kenya 
Le TPOK Jazz Dar es Salaam 
Le TPOK Jazz Zanzibar 
Le TPOK Jazz Zimbabwe 
Le TPOK Jazz South Africa 
Le TPOK Jazz Botswana 
Le TPOK Jazz Ghana
Le TPOK Jazz Liberia 
Le TPOK Jazz Ivory Coast
Le TPOK Jazz Gabon
Le TPOK Jazz Luanda 
Le TPOK Jazz Burundi 
Le TPOK Jazz South Sudan
Le TPOK Jazz Kampala
Le TPOK Jazz France
Le TPOK Jazz Belgium 
Le TPOK Jazz Germany 
Le TPOK Jazz Amsterdam 
Le TPOK Jazz Switzerland 
Le TPOK Jazz Canada
Le TPOK Jazz Colombia
Le TPOK Jazz Cuba 
Le TPOK Jazz Australia 
Le TPOK Jazz California 
Le TPOK Jazz New York
Le TPOK Jazz Texas 
Le TPOK Jazz Connecticut 
Le TPOK Jazz Nebraska
Le TPOK Jazz North Carolina 
Le TPOK Jazz Louisiana 
Le TPOK Jazz Virginia 
Le TPOK Jazz Missouri 
Le TPOK Jazz Iowa 
Le TPOK Jazz Wisconsin 
Le TPOK Jazz Washington DC 
Le TPOK Jazz Washington State 
Le TPOK Jazz Oregon
Le TPOK Jazz Illinois
Le TPOK Jazz Indiana
Le TPOK Jazz Michigan
Le TPOK Jazz Georgia

Le TPOK Jazz Florida
Le TPOK Jazz Ohio
Le TPOK Jazz Maryland
Le TPOK Jazz Colorado
Le TPOK Jazz Pennsylvania

Le TPOK Jazz Tennessee 
Le TPOK Jazz Massachusetts 
Le TPOK Jazz Nevada 
Le TPOK Jazz Utah
Le TPOK Jazz Delaware
Le TPOK Jazz New Jersey
Le TPOK Jazz Arizona
Le TPOK Jazz Arkansas
Le TPOK Jazz Minnesota
Le TPOK Jazz New Mexico
Le TPOK Jazz Kansas

Le TPOK Jazz Kentucky 

It is possible for a revamp success of OK Jazz in Kinshasa. I am going to say yes. Here is why? See most of today's Congolese music is not that popular and plus more young people kind want to go back in time before the current Congolese music scene. Furthermore, you have the actual kids of these former OK Jazz musicians doing the forefront which is usually unheard of most famous singer's kids. Usually they want to separate themselves completely from their famous parent life. In fact OK Jazz is overseen by two people. Actually three to be exact. Erick Mpoyi who is the older son of Djo Mpoyi. The other two are Yves Emongo Luambo and Sonya Luambo who are the children of Francois Luambo Makiadi. Erick Mpoyi is a actual choir singer in reality when not involved in OK Jazz activities. TPOK Jazz of Kinshasa can do well because you have people who want to see Luambo's music in a modern sense. Don't believe me. Look here in Franco's documentary "King of Rumba". Look at how the youth really enjoy Luambo's music. 

As for OK Jazz revamp going international. Actually it is also very possible. Case in example, the country Kenya. It is a Swahili speaking country but many Kenyans are fans of the OK Jazz. Thanks to Franco coming to Kenya, his legacy stays at a major mark. Also now some people in Kenya want to know Lingala thanks to the music of OK Jazz. Also in Europe, you have some people definitively aware of the music of OK Jazz. Especially in France, UK and Belgium. You have Ntesa's daughter Christelle who did a excellent rendition of her father's classic song Bing na ngai na repsect. It was totally genius work done. Christelle did a excellent job singing. She was on point. Then comes to USA. It is also possible since you have a big population of Africans especially in the Midwest and West area as well as the South and East Coast. Plus in the Midwest, you have Congolese, Nigerians, and Kenyans who are thirsty to find a way to revamp the older music of Franco and his OK Jazz. In fact for example, my state of Minnesota, I found out that they were several African organizations trying to find a way to recoup the older music of African such as Franco and Grand Kalle. This is something that I support strongly. Finally, there are some African descendant folks who want to create posters of African artists or groups. Le TPOK Jazz could be one of them. Yes it is very possible that OK Jazz can become international. 

But here is one hurdle of the possibility. 
Will the fans of OK Jazz fans come along with this. It is tough to say. It is really half and half. You have OKJ fans like myself who are totally for this and say that we need to find ways to get this going. But then you have others who say that OK Jazz should be left alone because some people don't have good intentions behind this. 

It will be a challenge for OK Jazz Kinshasa leading by Emongo Luambo. Because the question is how they find a way to make great in its own right and yet keep the OK Jazz of Luambo Makiadi spirit alive. It will be tough but I am for this. I believe Emongo will succeed. He knows what he is doing and he has been prepared for the success and failures. More importantly with Eric Mpoyi, you got a chance. 

Look at this OK Jazz. They look so promising. Add Erick Mpoyi, you have success in the process. 
October 2014. 

Side-note: Erick Mpoyi is a powerhouse. In my opinion, he is a more powerful singer than his father. I like Djo Mpoyi but his son is too much. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Luambo Family Clan

Hello fans. I apologize. I have not made a post for a while. Actually it has been four months since I have done a post. Actually my college life has been killing my time. My popularity on Facebook has not allowed me to make a real post here to make sense. Next semester in my college career, I could be working and it may lead to less time for this blog. Also I will take French classes. That does not help. Plus de Français, Plus de Français et Plus de Français svp. Qu'est-ce que Je fais? Je donne quoi? Je veux quoi? Je donne quoi? Qu'est-ce que Je donne? Est-ce que J'aime mes amis? Est-ce que Je veux bonnes choses pour mes amis? Est-ce que Je veux bonnes choses pour ma famille? 

Enough of that. Actually I am going to touch a subject that I did not really want to do but doing anyway. 

As you guys are aware, I am a fanatic of Franco and Pepe Kalle. I love their music and stories because I am fascinated by them. 

The Grand Maitre himself 

As you are aware that Franco was a controversial but a great musical talent. In my opinion, Franco was the first king of Congolese Music. I mean Modern Congolese Music. Not the original Congolese of Grand Kalle. Grand Kalle was in his own league. I have no interest of comparing Grand Kalle and Franco. Franco was in the modern group. Franco was the one who Odemba Congolese Music. 

But his personal could be controversial. He had a younger and only brother. His name can be identified as Bavon Marie Marie 
He looked very happy on this picture 

I am not really to talk too much about Bavon Marie Marie as they are so many stories about him. Life and death alike. I will say this. He was a younger brother of Franco. He joined Orchestre Negro Success in 1964 when the group was stinking after the departure of Vicky Longomba who left the band in 1962 to rejoin Franco and his OK Jazz. Actually it was said that Bavon wanted to pair with Tabu Ley but Franco never allowed that to even be possible. He died in 1970 after a car accident. His fiance never quite recovered. 

Here comes I discover. 

Franco has at least (I mean at least 19 children). But he only had one boy. His name is Yves Emongo Luambo. He resides in Kinshasa and Brussels. 
Here is Yves Luambo himself 

Bavon Marie Marie actually has a child as well. The mother I believe probably is the fiance. I am not sure. But he does have a son. In fact he is his own person. Here is the son. 
His name is Bavon Aime Siongo. 

So basically I am aware of these two men in life now. As a Franco fan, this is interesting and important to hear. As for how did I find out. It actually came from a older woman who knew the fiance of Bavon. Won't say here name. But here her words 

Bomoni mme Bavon oyo asalaki naye accident
jour Bavon akufaki ye oyo M.José Simplice,awuti
kotika biso il y à 2 semaines. Accident wana
esalamaki boye: Bavon azalaki excité par la
jalousie ya muasi naye oyo alors tango azalaki ko
conduire voiture entre temps azobeta muasi na
koswana. Alobi na muasi que tokeyi opesa ngai
muana na ngai, wana muana ye frère Siongo
azalaki na kitambo epai ya koko naye donc mama
ya muasi naye. Suite ya ba discution eleka
makasi, Bavon amonaki gd camion te oyo ezalaki
garé na pembeni ya nzela. Côté ya komata
Kitambo na Bar Cosbaki, nde epai bakotaki na se
ya camion pe Bavon akufaki sur place. Muasi
azuaki choc na lokolo puis après 1 an akomaki
bien. Voilà l' histoire de la mort de Bavon Marie

English translation of her words 

This is how I came to find Aime Siongo. 

They have a cousin that is largely unknown in the most of the music community. He is called Umberto Luambo. Or more known as Humberto Luambo. From Humberto himself

Humberto Luambo is a guitar player who actually throw shows in France to perform songs of the more Congolese Odemba Music and some other music. He is also a promoter for his own shows and does some presentation of old events in the Congo. I mean DRC Congo. Not Congo (well of Brazza). 

Here is some clips of Humberto Luambo himself.   

Here comes Emongo Luambo. Yves Emongo Luambo that is. Actually he is a organizer now. He and his sister Sonya do organizations for their father's group OK Jazz. In fact they are trying to revamp Le TPOK Jazz into the new generation. More like my generation whom some actually like their dad's music including myself btw. In fact there is a TPOK Jazz band based in Kinshasa (new OK Jazz not the original). One of the front people behind this work alongside Emongo is one of the sons of Djo Mpoyi. He is known as Eric Mpoyi. 
Also they are trying get revamp of the old club "Un-Deux-Trois" which a Franco club that came from 1972 up to 1987. 

In fact Emongo talked about this plan in this recent documentary of Franco "King of Rumba". 

Now I get into Aime Siongo. What he is today. Actually unlike the other two, he has taken a different. In fact he has no connection to Secular Music. He is actually a pastor. A ordained minister preacher I might add. He is a pastor and his job to speak on the word of God (Jesus Christ). He is also a speaker who goes to other churches to speak on God and his grace. If you believe in God, you may like him. Who knows. He resides in Brussels, Belgium. 

Here some clips of him. 

Soon, I will touch on me and others revamping OK Jazz outside Kinshasa. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Youtube time

Before I start on anything, I want to say happy birthday to Dizzy Mandjeku. 

Here is a song with his presence known

It is a song that I cannot get enough of. 

Now my fans have been wondering why I have not been posting. Actually lately I have been working a lot since I don't have school yet back, so I have been working and I have been trying to revamp a social life that I never cared for. Furthermore, I have to do so many things and watch my Facebooks so closely. 

Actually while I have been working, I encounter a person well I mean a woman who notices that I sing one song of my idol (second one) Pepe Kalle. 

She asks me who I am. I told her I am a Congolese American and I was born in Nebraska. I told her also I am a big fan of Pepe Kalle and I listen to African music often and American music sometimes. I also told her that I am 21 years old. I am a very young man. I have been in Minnesota for 14 years. I have lived around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Now it comes to her, this is where things get interesting.

Her name is Judith. She says that she was born in Ivory Coast. She says that she was major gospel singer in her group. I am not sure of the name. Anyway, she says that she did lots of gospel at her church back in Ivory Coast. She says she has a college degree. Due to her gospel life, she actually to got to travel a lot. She went to Europe such as France and Italy. She came to USA in 2012. She indicated that she had lived in New Jersey. New Jersey is known to have some French speaking people as well as New York with heavy community of Haitian descendant people. She came to Minnesota afterwards. She is trying to get her foot as a American now. I told her good luck. 

She told me that she even had a song on YouTube. In fact she is telling the truth. Here is the song that I ended up hearing. 

I am quite impressed. Actually she sounds great in this song. If you believe in God and want to hear this, please do so. 

This is a interesting time for me. Really interesting for me. 

Soon, I will do some posts on Madilu. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Joe Arroyo tribute

Welcome to my blog today as a I am going to make a tribute to one great artist. Not from Africa or America although those are the things I am familiar with. I am doing a artist from South America area. 

I am speaking of one artist that I have grown to love and enjoy his music. I am speaking of Joe Arroyo. He has had a rich history making great influence in his country Colombia. Colombian music was big with Joe Arroyo involved. 

Joe Arroyo had humble beginnings. He was discovered by a person name Julio. He ended up in the group called Fruko y sus Tesos. He would perform with this band for 10 years. 

But in 1981, Joe Arroyo left that to begin his solo career and had his back group known as La Verdad which means The truth. 

From there, Joe Arroyo would release so many classic songs like Rebelión","La noche" "Tania", "El Ausente" "En Barranquilla me Quedo", "Musa", "Bam Bam" and many others. Joe Arroyo would be a big artist in Colombia in 1980s and 1990s. 

But as always every artist has their downfall. For Arroyo it was beginning after 2000. He was often not well health wise and often he would not show up at shows. Some people alleged this was due to his possible smoking habits he had when he was younger. Despite he was still making some good music and his fans remained loyal to him. In fact in a few months before his death, Joe Arroyo was doing some heavy shows for his fans. He died on July 26, 2011. 

Joe Arroyo was a artist that was actually pretty international while still sticking to his sound. He managed to mix Salsa music with cumbla, porro, soca, compas, and zouk with other African sounds together. Which makes sense since some of his songs sound Congolese to me. 

When I have been listening to Joe Arroyo, I feel like I am listening to a Congolese musician with a different sound and language. 

Joe Arroyo is one artist that left a mark in his country and throughout South America. It is incredible that I did not listen to his music a young child and I am glad to say that I know some of his music and he has impressed me a lot. I enjoy his music. His music has increased my interest in salsa music. Though I prefer African and American music more but I can enjoy some Salsa music. One man that I like the most out of all them is Joe Arroyo. 

Rip Joe Arroyo. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Franco 76 birthday


I am happy to say that it is time for to say Happy Birthday for my first idol name Franco

Franco was a artist for all Africans. He made sure that he could have his music accessed to the world but particularly Africa. It was important for him because he had great confidence. Franco was responsible for the great formation for Rumba Odemba Congolese music but also Rumba as a genre as a whole. For example, some East African musicians most notably Musa Juma who sadly passed away in 2009. Ironically Juma is a partial Congolese so it helps a little bit. He was a able to deliver great music for his fans and many of his fans say Musa Juma is the closet thing to Franco

In the would have been 76th birthday of Franco, he made one important thing. It is that Franco was a true Pan African artist. He was someone who was for the change of lives. His songs deliver the idea of hope that one day, Africa will become a big continent for this rotten world that we live in today. Franco made sure that he left a great foot in this world. And he did. That is the reason why I want to say if Franco was alive, he would have been 76 years old. 

Happy Birthday Franco. Rest in peace. We the fans will never forget your story. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simaro's unknown CD: Shako

I have a opportunity to give you something to enjoy during the summer. This is a good time for me. 

I am speaking of the album by the genius poet himself Simaro Lutumba. This album is called Shako. But this album is unique because this album has two combinations. Let focus on the last four songs before I go into the two songs. 

I am going on the other four songs that come from the Simaro and TPOK Jazz album. This is work from OK Jazz likely from 1988-89 period because we hear the voice of Malage de Lugendo. I also hear the voice of Djo Mpoyi, Josky Kiambukuta, and Madilu System. This work I don't believe involve any rhythm guitar of Simaro Lutumba himself. It is said that these four songs have no composition from Simaro. The songs that I am talking about are Eliana, Nakosenga, Kiwelelele, and Toweli.  Three of those songs give you the idea of the dance Mayeno and Djo Mpoyi was the important man because he was all apparent in all four songs. Notice also there are more studio musicians than OK Jazz musicians. I see some composers are Al Zimbi bass man and Do Akongo the rhythm man. So that is the idea behind. Regardless, it is known that Franco had no part of this project since he was not well and was mostly residing in Belgium. 

Now let's get into the two songs that Simaro ACTUALLY was part of. I am talking two songs. They are Shako and Tshitshi. Shako is a interesting song because it premiers the voice of the woman Natalie who would participate in some Bana OK songs until 2001. Her voice is jolly and enjoyable. She was able to capture some youth sound out of her. That is a good song. It also includes Mr. Elba A formerly of Youlou Mabiala's group Kamikaze and LokombeThen comes Tshitshi. This song is just a genius because the strong voice of Ndombe Opetum. His voice is amazing and they are able to sound perfect. His strong voice with others are able to the song so strong. That is definition of real music and not the junk that we are used to every day. But the bands are different. Shako was definitely with Bana OK since Elba A is totally audible. The second song was with TPOK Jazz. The guitar sounds like it and more importantly, I think the unreconginsible voice with the other man and Ndombe is Madilu System. Since Madilu was never in Bana OK, then it must be OK Jazz. 

This is one of the best work for Simaro. It is a genius work. People should get this album as soon as they have a chance.