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One Look at Lipua Lipua

I am looking at this band a bit more than I had intended to do. I thought this band was just another band in the block and that many people care about them. I guess I was living a fantasy land.
The band I am speaking about is the band Lipua Lipua. This band was a band that was from another band: Bella Bella. In 1973, Bella Bella had left the Veve Label to form their own label. Bella Bella made a sng that would soon become the other band for the Veve Label. That band became known as Lipua Lipua. The original members included Pierre Bissikita, Kevin Kayembe, Tonton Ricos, Mulembu Tshibau, Mbubi Malanda, Nyboma, and Pepe Kalle. They produced some songs like Massale, Lusamba, Nkoleta, and Mombassa. But their signature song was Kamale which would be the song of the year in Zaire.

But Lipua Lipua experienced some departures like Pepe Kalle, Pierre Bissikita, and others. Bissikita formed his own band Makosso and Pepe Kalle went back to fully doing his band Empire Bakuba. But these departures…

Interesting info on Bella Bella

I am going to speak on the interesting info on one band that I intially found nothing special but now I realize the importance of this group. I mean afterall, we had some notable songs I am aware come from this band. Also, this band made some songs that are not so forgettable.

The focus here is Bella Bella. This band was a great band born into the spotlight. This band was formed the Soki Brothers. It was Emilie Diazenza Soki and Maxime Vangu Soki. These two men were brothers. Soki Vangu was born in 1948 while Soki Diazenza was born in 1955.

Soki Vangu had a unique beginning. Actually it turns out that Soki Vangu had sang for Le Negro Success under the leadership of Franco's young brother Bavon Marie Marie before it died in 1970 after Bavon died in a car accident.

Soki Diazenza was a guy who never made it much to school and was always wanting to be in the spotlight. Well he won a singing contest in 1969.

From there, the brothers met and wanted to start a music career. They decided t…

My take on Orchestre Kiam

This band is a very underrated band from the label Veve during the 1970s era. Really this band maybe one of the most underated bands during the 1970s era. But this band had a unique sound that was different from Les Kamale, Empire Bakuba, Veve, TPOK Jazz, Zaiko Langa Langa, and Lipua Lipua.

This band includes some interesting personnels. They include Bakolo Keta, Adoli, Djuke, Lele N'Sundi, Dezai, and Kady. Also it included the man who would be a session musician and collobrate with Zaiko Langa Langa name Adios Alemba.

This band would be somewhat popular in some time. They made some classic songs during the 1970s. They made some notable songs including Mofi Afonda, Kamiki, and Ngali. But their song that was known for their song Baya Baya. This song definitely helped Orchestre Kiam get some major popularity. This band seemed to have a major promise.

But in the late 1970s, it seemed that Orchestre Kiam had pretty much collapsed. This band just become a foreign band and passed away.


What is wrong with the Church?

Why did I make a post about Vercky's 1972 controversial song Nakomitunaka (Verckys deals with Race in the Church) and Madilu's 2005 known song Maman Intercesseuse (Madilu exposes the church with its own desires of Money). THey have something to do with one thing and the essiential thing: THEY DEAL WITH THE MAJOR FLAWS OF THE CHURCH.

So here what I am essientially going to focus on: The major wrongs of the church. A lot of people think the church has just been corrupt now. That is far from true. Though I hate politics, however I am fascianted with history especially dealing with the church. In fact even during the BC years, the church had long had interest in their own flesh desires and not actually serving GOD himself. In fact one man who tried to raise this issue with John the bapist, and he basically sort of paid the price for trying to get the church to do the work of GOD not of their own flesh desires. This led to some major conflicts to come and it led to more issues in j…

Verckys's religious question

I posted this song because it is the song I was always aware that caused major controversy for many people and pratically the church would be so pissed hearing this song.

I am referring the song Nakomitunaka. This song was done by former OK Jazz saxophonist Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta. He is commoningly known as Verckys. Verckys is one unique man and he understood things. He made a controversial song. He makes a song called Nakomitunaka which literally means I ask myself. In this song, he asks GOD about why only the church puts pictures of the Chrisitian figures like Jesus, Matthew, Paul, John, and others as white figures and why none of them can be displayed as black figures. He also talks to GOD that this is not fair and it brings major prejudice in the church.

This idea of questioning the church angered the Congolese catholic church and they tried very hard to ban this song from getting any airways. But here is the thing: IT WAS A BASIC EPIC FAIL. This song was so popular that the s…

Controversy of Madilu's song Maman Intercesseuse

When I posted this song about two and half months ago, I thought it was just an ordinary post and it would not have so much popularity. But it did. This song comes from the classic 2005 album CHIFFRE THREE. This album had personnel of Josky Kiambukuta, Madilu System, Malage De Lulendo, Elba A, Caen Madoka, and others. This album was one of the top charting albums in Kinshasa in 2005.

Madilu sang four songs which were Tshatco Mbala, Maguy, Maman Intercesseuse, and Parfum de Femme. Those songs with Madilu were Madilu's A game when it came to vocals. However the song that stood out from those was the song MAMAN INTERCESSEUSE. This song apparently was controversial. I wonder why? Turns out this song was not a ordinary song but a song that exposes some deep shit.

Turns out the song "Maman Intercesseuse" is about something more than just the Mom. It is about the CHURCH. This song begins with the Mother speaking about how good God is and how everyone will eventually do things in…

Examin All the lesser known Veve Label Bands

I am making an important announcement. My announcement is that I am going to examin not so known bands of the great label Veve Label. This label was formed by former OK Jazz saxophonist Verckys. He started this label after he left OK Jazz in April 1969.

I am going to look at the three bands that seemed to be so unknown. I am speaking about Bella Bella, Lipua Lipua, and Kiam. I have heard of their music and I have seen some of their songs and I have seen some of their musicians. I think for me, I will try to create some story about these three bands. All these bands associated with Verckys at one point. These bands have had some major success but for some reason they manage to collapse so quickly. As result these bands ended up dead and they left with a lot of questions.

My want for Free Speech

This will be my final post of this week before I go to some weird adventures of my life. I mean basically tomorrow to Sunday, I will be out. It is unusual because I am usually home having to see news that I hate, or see something or take care of home or do some forum talk or even do this blog. I am used to that. Not this weekend, it will be a wild ass ride and I will see what happens.

Let me get back on topic to speak on something important to my heart which is Freedom of Speech. I know I have spoken of this before very briefly though. Now I really want to speak about it.
The common issue in today’s laughable low life society and not just in America but the world especially the Western entities. I have seen this common thing that has become pretty popular: SILENCING THOSE WHO DON’T SEE IT YOUR WAY. Why is it so popular? For people today, some hate the world we live in, so they seek to control how people think. This is especially true with this idea of religion being in our schools when…


I love this great 1993 record. It is the album from my second favorite band Empire Bakuba. It is the album Poto Malili: Kinshasa Moto Moto. I mean basically the album is somewhat a dedication to Europe and Kinshasa as many Congolese were more into going to Europe than other areas including United States (USA). This is a real Empire Bakuba album. Because unlike many Empire Bakuba works, it does not have too much of Pepe Kalle. The real stars, I would the real stars are Dilu Dilumona, Djodjo Ikomo, and Blaise Mava. They appeared on all of the six songs. They were the people that shined in those songs. We have songs together like Mama Mapasa, Yo Naponi, Pense A Moi, Ngai Ngaye, Mbiya, and Diaminate.

We have some great moments from some of these excellent songs. One song that is excellent is Dilu Dilumona's song Ngai Naye which is a remake record of his record Pesa Ngai Loboko. But on this version, no Pepe Kalle on this song. But the original, Pepe Kalle does appear on the record. Dil…

Empire Bakuba- MAMIE 1992

Now I am going to rant on this work that was done by the great band itself Empire Bakuba. I mean the work that I consider to be one of Papy Tex's masterpieces as the second hand man of Empire Bakuba. The work he made on this work was his 1992 acclaimed LP called MAMIE.

This work is one of the best Papy Tex made work with Empire Bakuba. This album begins a great song called Jordan with the great voices of Papy Tex and Djodjo Ikomo and of course don't forget the great voice of Pepe Kalle. This song had a excellent sebene. Also don't forget the other song Music Clarification with Papy Tex showcasing his greatness and how important he was to many people. I say this because Papy Tex sings well and the guitars until it is the time for the animation of Djouna Mumbafu. Also I enjoy the rumba song Ivetibi because Papy Tex is once ready to express himself prefectly and he is ready to showcase his importantce.

Now you are able to see Papy Tex shine a bit himself on the two other song…

Why my nickname is Franco Pepe Kalle?

Franco "Grand Maitre"

Pepe Kalle "Giantafrique"

Some people wonder why I am such a Franco and Pepe Kalle fanatic or a better one: Why do I love Franco and Pepe Kalle so much? Or what is my real name or Why do I call myself FrancoPepe Kalle?

Well those who want to know why my main nickname is FrancoPepe Kalle, you better hear this story from me.

OK, well it started back in 2007 when I was getting bullied by many of my colleagues. Before I used to be a big time Clan Wenge fan (I still am though) and I used to love Papa Wemba big time and I used to hear primarily urban music (hip hop & R&B). I would sometimes sing some R&B music and hip hop music because I was so into it back then but people would insult and call me a phony headed fool. I was so mad and I continued. People said to me to stop listening to new music and new stuff because I was ruining those records. I was so mad. It led to some heated arguments where I was slaughtering everyone and I was mockin…