Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A deeper meaning of the song MABELE RICHE

It is my brother's 17th birthday. My brother turned 17 years old today. Well I had a very good weekend. So I went into my father's car and we were listening to the song MABELE RICHE. This is a Empire Bakuba song with Papy Tex singing lead with Pepe Kalle backing up as well the great animator Djouna Mumbafu with the song composed by rhythm guitarist Elvis Kunku. I actually do like this song in a some unique way. So I did listen to the song and there I discovered something. I heard the name Emoro. I knew he was mentioned as he did die in 1992 during the Empire Bakuba's Zambia tour. It turns there it something more than I intially thought.

It turns out that this song does actually focus on one person. That was late dwarf man Emoro. Those who don't know Emoro, he was a Empire Bakuba dwarf. He was the original dwarf before Dokolos took over. Jolie Bebe was the female dwarf. Emoro was a very entertaining man but he was also a provactive man. In fact the reason why Emoro was pretty much popular was because of his provactive moves especially doing the WAWAWA. That meant Emoro literally humped on female dancers. I guess that might explain Emoro's later health problems he had during the early 1990s although he looked so fine health wise. Well during Empire Bakuba's highlight African tour, Emoro passed away.

So Elvis Kunku composed a song in tribute to Emoro. Papy Tex the singer speaks about how Emoro's life was not just a great for him but it is a great life for the world to especially Empire Bakuba people. Also Papy sings that our soil goes back to our land that we originally came from. Pepe Kalle basically says that we miss Emoro and we have to continue life without Emoro.

What I see is that it is very clear that Empire Bakuba personnels were deeply hurt by the death of Emoro and they made a song just for him. I understand him. Emoro was someone who knew how to entertain and his death was indeed shocking. Even worse, 6 years later, Pepe Kalle passed away. It is unfortunate. Empire Bakuba has never been the same since Pepe Kalle died. Papy Tex is the leader of the band but he had a tough time making the band great again.

Here is the song here

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Underated Clan Langa Langa band?

Clan Langa Langa is one of the best clans that has even came to the Zaire music scene. It has produced some great bands. They include Choc Stars, Anti-Choc, Viva La Musica, Isifi Lokele, Yoka Lokele, and others.

But there is one band that was so talented but so underated and yet had high popularity. This band that I am speaking about is Zaiko Langa Langa band. I am not saying the Nkolo Mboka band led by Nyoka Longo. I am speaking of the band Zaiko Familia Dei led by Ilo Pablo. This was another Clan Langa Langa band. But this band did come from Zaiko Langa Langa Nkolo Mboka.

This band was founded by Zaiko Langa Langa drummer Ilo Pablo. He was joined with former Zaiko Langa Langa singers late Bimi Ombale, late Lengi Lenga, and JP Buse with former Choc Stars, Langa Langa Star, and Viva La Musica bassist Djo Mali, former Zaiko Langa Langa, Viva La Musica, and Langa Langa Stars guitarist Beniko Popilipo, Jimmy Yaba, Bebe Atalaku, and etc. This band was formed in 1988 after Zaiko's tour ended. The reason this band was formed because their fight with Zaiko Nkolo Mboka leader Nyoka Longo. As result, we had the birth of Zaiko Familia Dei.

Now you will be surprised with what I am going to about to say. Actually this band seemed more popular in Zaire than Zaiko Nkolo Mboka was. Yes, this band got more attention than Zaiko Langa Langa itself. It was hard to believe but there is some truth to this. With Zaiko LL Nkolo Mboka from 1988 to 1993, you only had three works while with Zaiko LL Familia Dei, you had six works. Zaiko Langa Langa Nkolo Mboka, you had Jetez l'Eponge, Ici ca va "Fungola Motema", and Jamais sans nous. Zaiko Langa Langa Familia Dei, you had Oiseau rare, Muana Kayumba, Mave, Martin Ahanga, Fafa, and Les Riches et Les Pauvres. You see that clearly Zaiko LL Familia Dei was making more music than Nkolo Mboka. So you would think this would mean no issues, right? NOPE.

Zaiko Familia Dei faced several problems. Despite the success of this band and good musicians, they could not do much to solve the conflicts. Also unlike Zaiko LL Nkolo Mboka, there was no leader. Yep, no leader. There were so many problems. As result of no leader, Bimi Ombale, JP Buse, and Djo Mali were one of the few musicians who left the band in 1990-91 period. JP Buse stayed in Canada and is now primarily a religious singer. Bimi Ombale formed his own band Basilique Loningisa which included Desouza Santu who later on become a major force in Empire Bakuba. Bimi became a religious singer after late 1990s. Bimi sadly passed away on May 2011. Djo Mali went to become a session musician and now plays for Odemba All-Stars led by former OK Jazz, Afrisa, and Le Grand Maquisards guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku. More musicians would soon leave the band. But Zaiko Familia Dei did still made works like Ebale Mondaile and Elo Medely. But the success was not enough to stop the eventual end of this great band. By 1997, the band was pretty much more existent. Most of the Familia Dei musicians joined or returned Zaiko Nkolo Mboka du Nyoka Longo.

Zaiko Familia Dei did produce some notable members too. Some include Zaikas Nkolo Mboka guitarist Petit Position and Bana OK singer Endho. This band was underated and they never got a chance to show their full potential. People did not seem to like this band though they made more music in the early and mid 1990s than Zaiko Nkolo Mboka. But their music will soon be very apperciated.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

American Idol Judges I want

Since hearing about American Idol revamping the judges after a dismal decline during the 2012 season, I have decided to put my own imput on this situation.

I think the idea of having one female judge and two male judges is a stupid idea to me as it has not always worked out. I mean yes we did have Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul together but it lasted 7 seasons before Paula left the show. American Idol has been going a major decline since the original judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Just this season has lost audience though it still had success. It is sad as this show is losing its thunder.

Here is the good news. American Idol got the legendary diva name Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey is a great singer and she has a incredible voice.

Now here is what I want. I want three judges but with two females with Mr. Bass man Randy Jackson. Here are the female judges. Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.

It may be a crazy idea but I feel this idea would be a excellent idea. Here is why. Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are two different personalities. Celine Dion is a excellent nice personality who wants to encourage people to become better singers and have strong voices that are cool. Mariah Carey is someone who is bold and is honest and wants to tell the truth to the singers so they can develop a thick skin. Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are two people I think can really remake the American Idol.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I am so happy today to present you with a special of my second idol: PEPE KALLE. This man was a unique star in Zaire who made dynamic songs during the 1990s era. This was the man who was able to shine on stage and give you his legendary skills.

I am focusing here in the early 1990s period that really made Pepe Kalle a legend as he is known today. I am going to focus on two works that Pepe Kalle did. One is with Empire Bakuba and the other one is not with Empire Bakuba. They are Divise Par Duex and Gerant.

Divise Par Duex is one of the best masterpieces of Empire Bakuba and Pepe Kalle. This work was a unique work from Empire Bakuba. You had all the styles that was unique. You had the fast Kwasa Kwasa and more slower kwasa kwasa. This was a unique way to make great music. Pepe Kalle was the heart behind this great project. Also we had the great introduction of Djodjo Ikomo with his classic song Soso Ya Tongo. This song had him shine so well. We also had the beginning of Blaise Matadidi who would make some great impact being with Empire Bakuba. Papy Tex does an excellent job singing  Elvis Kunku's song Mabele Riche. Those songs are so much of a genius. Pepe Kalle was the boss on this project as he made three important songs. They are Divise Par Duex, Monano, and Mama Leki Ndeya. These songs made Pepe Kalle so unique. He sang so well in all of them. The song that stood out to me as a Pepe Kalle fan was the song called Mama Leki Ndeya. Pepe Kalle was singing about how lucky life was for the mom and how Pepe Kalle wished the mom very good luck and very good health. Pepe Kalle sang that song so perfect. Plus the song had a perfect sebene. I could not get enough of it. Also we had a banging sebene with the great animations of Djouna Mumbafu and great guitars equals with a great song. It show cased the greatness and the importance of Pepe Kalle. Pepe Kalle showcase his great vocals at the right time. Divise Par Duex has become a great success with Empire Bakuba and Pepe Kalle coming together to make some masterpieces that are memorable.

Pepe Kalle made a great solo work. That solo work would become a great success. That LP is called "GERANT". This was the LP that made the legend of Pepe Kalle and made Pepe Kalle the superstar that we know today. Also we saw Pepe Kalle just show all his stuff from vocals to commenting to animating. We witness his diversity type from speaking French, and Lingala to Swahili and Tshiluba. We got two great songs that defined Pepe Kalle today. They are Roger Milla and Gerant. Gerant speaks about being a manager and doing things and dealing with ideas as becoming a manager. Pepe Kalle speaks about being a manager in Europe and how hard it is to be an effective manager. Roger Milla is the song that dedicates to the the great soccer of Cameroon name Roger Milla. Roger Milla was the hero of the 1990 Africa Cup with making some memorable goals. Also Roger Milla was 38 years old at that time. What a time to remember. Pepe Kalle sang the song so well and he made some exciting announcements after Roger Milla made his goals and made his dances that were so interesting. Pepe Kalle knew how to make masterpieces. Pepe Kalle makes ordinary love songs with Pedro, and Zonga Aime where he talks about love and how he wants to be in love even if it is for very stupid reasons. He makes a cool pop song Bayi Seyo where he sings perfectly with some female singers like Abby Suriya, and other female singers. Pepe Kalle just sings that cool pop song with major grace. Pepe Kalle speaks two other languages. The are Swahili and Tshiluba. His Swahili song was Shikambo Seye (or hidaya). That song he speaks how he will save Hidaya from danger and that sort. You will also notice Pepe Kalle speak tshiluba. They are two songs where he does so. They are Muyenga and Bitota. With Bitota, Pepe Kalle does the Mutuashi rhythm and does all his singing in Tshiluba and speaks about Bitota. With Muyenga, it deals with death. He talks about losing people and figures such as Dr. Nico (Nico Kasanda) and Franco (Francois Lwanza Luambo Makiadi). Pepe Kalle had clear respect for Franco too. This LP was Pepe Kalle's best nzongzing in 1990s and the top five Lps of Nzongzing during the 1990s era. Pepe Kalle had some good singers like Likinga Redo, Ballou Canta, Nyboma, and Luciana. Pepe Kalle had master guitarists of soukous like Beniko Popilipo, Dally Kimoko, Lokassa Ya Mbongo, and Nguma Lokito. He also had Souzy Kasseya who was a interesting all around guitarist. Gerant was a great work and I want others to have it too. This Lp was the reason why Pepe Kalle was called Giantafrique.

Correction. I got rid some of the words because I misspoke. I apologize to the boss of africambiance for mispeaking about her. I meant to say that the song was a satire tribute to her. I will not her name. You figure that out yourself.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Note to Grand Maitre

My personal note to Grand Maitre Franco.

Dear Franco,

You are the great musician of Congolese Music
You are the reason why Congolese music was the best
You are the reason why Congolese people had debates
You are the reason why you are the true master.

RIP Grand Maitre

I am giving my tribute to my first idol Grand Maitre Franco. I hope his memory will continue to be known.

PS, on October, I will do some major Franco tributes coming. It is coming soon.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Important change

I feel some what guilty for giving some of my personal crap that you may not want to hear. After hearing some people complementing my blog, I feel that is time to change a little bit. What I am saying is that I am creating a new blog. This is called Personal Diary. This blog is where I will speak really be personal about me and my opinions on many issues. I will give you a honest aspect of my life coming in.

Here is the link

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Deep Look at Soki Vangu

I have been looking a bit more now into the band that my dad loves a lot and I have come to sort of like. I am speaking of the band Bella Bella. This band had two brothers. They were the Soki Brothers.

I am going to focus on one man that I considered to be the most valuable member of Bella Bella and the one I said had leadership of Bella Bella this time and i felt that was really the responsible Soki and the better singer to me. No, I will not focus on Soki Diazenza. This man actually gave some help towards two great Zaire stars Nyboma and Pepe Kalle. I am going to give my own analysis on Maxime Soki better known as Soki Vangu.

Why Soki Vangu? He is my favorite Bella Bella character. Also, I had thought that Soki Vangu was Madilu System. Also I was always charmed by how Soki Vangu sang.

I already a post about Bella Bella (). I will not speak everything on Soki Vangu too much since I sort of talk about that on the Bella Bella.

Now I am giving my opinion on Soki Vangu.

What I see in Soki Vangu was a responsible man who wanted to make proper music and was a always a team player. Soki Vangu could have really done his own thing but he liked to have people around him to enhance his great talent. For example, Soki Vangu getting Diasi Kadi, Pangon Mananga, and Shaba Kahamba were musicians that helped complement Soki Vangu as well as his erratic kid Soki Diazenza. One good example was the song Horoscope. This song showcased Soki Vangu's greatness with the help of Pangon Mananga, and Diazenza's wild voice led the song to be so classic and Soki Vangu was able to be more creative.

Another thing about him was that he was a family man. He wanted to sing with his family and he was close with his young brother Soki Diazenza that they had a thing for music which led the formation of Bella Bella. No matter how erratic his brother was, Soki Vangu always wanted his brother to comeback to him and he sometimes got his luck. Because of that, Soki Vangu would be able to sing some great songs with Soki Diazenza. Also he made a song about his daughter. That song was called Petite Zizina meaning Little Zizina, Soki tells his daughter to grow up and understand that he is struggling and he wants his daughter to grow and be a responsible person.

Soki Vangu was a man who loved having other singers with him. One particular example is Nyboma and Pepe Kalle. Nyboma and Soki Vangu had known each other because they both were members of Orchestre Negro Success de Bavon Marie Marie. They came together after Diazenza became another person. Nyboma and Soki Vangu were so perfect together as singers. One particular song was Sofele. You just saw the goodness of those two men. But Soki Vangu added Pepe Kalle to further spice up Bella Bella. That example would the song Mbuta. We hear Soki Vangu and Nyboma backing up with Pepe Kalle on lead vocals.

What I am doing is giving my take on the man Soki Vangu himself. I am telling you how important he was during the Congolese music scene. He is one man who could have been a good solo act and a good collobrator. For example, on Sam Mangwana's Megamix song, he appears and still sounds great. Despite Soki Vangu's great talen, he was not able to advance as he should of. Regardless Soki Vangu was a dynamic star. I will do some youtube posts soon on Soki Vangu as well as Bella Bella.

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