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. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mayeno, oh Mayeno Mayeno is, Mayeno will be, what is about Mayeno

Hello my fellow people. I am sorry, I had posts ready before my college courses demanded more of my time. I have had led little opportunities of doing some good posts. Also I have been debate with friends and family whether to start getting money from this blog. I don't want to because I don't need to do that. I want to be everyone else and work. Who knows. At least not know. I don't want to do it now. 

Another thing in my way is one of my brother has a graduation party tomorrow and it is not going great. We cannot agree on anything. My brother wants his mostly western songs and my parents want no English speaking songs or English songs that are so lame. Worse my parents are obsessed with one particular style of music. This makes me the middle person because I had to decide. I put more this style that I would have like to. 

Now what does the second part have anything to do with the post. It is very related. In fact this conflict leads to the post that I am going to touch. What my parents will want at this party is the dance that is a dance. It is the dance that was a clear alternative to Kwasa Kwasa. It was not from Afrisa. It comes from OK Jazz. That dance became Mayeno. Who popularized the dance. I am speaking of Madilu System. Mayeno is a dance that is pretty known in the area of Matadi full of Bakongo Congolese folks. But the dance was not known around Congo up until 1986 when Madilu officially launched this dance as a attempt to counter Empire Bakuba's Kwasa Kwasa. This dance is the one that my parents really want to play more than necessarily at a party. My brother does not give one living shit about Mayeno. 


Here is my actual opinion on the dance Mayeno. I actually do like the dance Mayeno very much. It has its good and bad. 

Let me do the bad first 
- It was more soukous music
- It was nothing really related to OK Jazz
- It was a OK Jazz version of Kwasa Kwasa
- It had quite sexual elements (often more perverted than Empire Bakuba's Kwasa Kwasa)
- It was a less dirty version of Zaiko Langa Langa's dance "Etutana, Yango Na Yango"
- Often it had unnecessary noises
- It fulfilled the great narcissism that is Madilu System
- It became too centered around Madilu
- It poisoned the original OK Jazz odemba music that made Franco such a legend (case in example Franco's great classic Les Rumeurs was done in Mayeno dance). 
- It was the contributing factor behind the division in OK Jazz since it was essentially Madilu's dance. 

- It made the legend of Madilu System
- It gave OK Jazz to attract young people who were wanting the music of Pepe Kalle
- It gave Kwasa Kwasa dance its run for money
- It was a traditional dance becoming mainstream
- It made people move in many ways that were not possible
- Madilu knew how to make great lines especially with just MAYENO
- It gave Madilu more attention 
- It helped OK Jazz have some success during the early 1990s before its demise
- It made people recognise the importance of Madilu
- It remake the emphasis of the diversity in the OK Jazz music
- Madilu was able to get Pepe Kalle to notice him
- Madilu had the ability to always redo the style and sounds of Mayeno

As you can notice I see the good and bad of this dance. This dance was known in Matadi community. Madilu was a great dance. He created a dance that has been popularized. Since Madilu never had his due early in his career, he was able to become a genius for this great dance. Mayeno gives people a chance to enjoy the dance and see how they feel about this dance. As I said, Mayeno is one dance that some Congolese will definitely remember. 

What do you think about Mayeno. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My take on Evoloko JOKER

Lately I have seen so much shit and great stuff happening all around the same time. Hot girls, Great college work, Nice Technical work, and others have consumed my time. I apologize but that has been lately my situation so I have not really had the chance to make a post. 

But also add that my first young brother is about graduate from high school and my family and I are already clashing about what songs that we are going to play for his graduation and what type of music pacifically we are going to play. Also it will be combined with me and my sister time for celebration. Boy this will be fun. Supposedly. 

But one reason of clashing is that my parents really want to only and exclusively Congolese music but I know my young brother does not really play that music like I do and I told him to ask him what he wants. But they also really want to play Congolese music that they really enjoy themselves. They really do not want East African music. Not even sensible ones like Simba Wanyika, Remmy Ongala, and Orchestre Makassy. Interesting huh. My dad wants this big man that I don't care for myself.

This is the man that my dad actually likes dearly as well his fellow old colleagues. So sad. huh. Well if you figure the picture above that is the person I am about ramble about. But this is all my opinion. NO ONE ELSE. OYOKA NGAI. MELESI BANINGA NA NGAI. 

I am speaking about the man man Evoloko Lay better known as Evoloko Jocker or Joker, what the fully hell you prefer. The man who is a interesting character and lots of people who know Congolese music historically, love to discuss this guy like he was or is the best thing that has happened in Congolese music. And I know some people already know that I don't exactly listen to Evoloko. Well here is my opinion. 

I think Evoloko is one of the most overrated DRC musicians that I ever heard. Yes I said. He was totally overrated and overlooked and people made a big mistake thinking that Evoloko was going to be one the biggest names in Zaire. That never happened. I don't give a rats about him. There are many reasons. Evoloko inability to consistently be a good performer and have real charisma. Evoloko slept with several women. It is one thing but when it is young girls. He was accused with sleeping with a 13 year old back in 2008. Also, Evoloko tries too hard to make himself look bigger than HE ACTUALLY IS. A bigger character than he is reality. 

But the real reason for me not caring for him is really music. I know all musicians in Zaire have so much shit in their lives. But many at least put their issues as ways to make legendary music. But Evoloko, it is not even close. First of all, his songs (well most) are at well but not much special. Second, his alcoholism really did him no favor and fucked up his voice very often. Give me a break, when I hear people tell me he is the best singer. Really? REALLY. BEST SINGER. First of all, his voice is irrating and annoying and it can seen as just noise. 

He was a great tragedy and he was totally overrated. He was unable to rise his star and he fell so terribly. Life is unique. Evoloko was not that great at the beginning. The only and probable reason is that Evoloko was a great entertainer and he was able to make splash animations. Those are the things that made the popularity of Evoloko. Sadly he ruined his star with nonsense activities and undisciplined activities.

Unfortunately, we will never what would happen if Evoloko had become a big star. Probably Papa Wemba, Defao, Bozi Boziana, and Pepe Kalle would probably not that important. Who knows. Regardless Evoloko is one sad story.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sex with condoms

Man I have had a rough time with my life today. My college life has gone rough and man I gotten scrutiny and I have been criticized for just giving opinions on simple issues that can unite us. It is interesting that when I mind my own business then I get scorned but when I give a opinion on anything then I get called names as well. 

One topic that I can speak here is women I admit that I get very nervous  about seeing very sexy ladies and I tend to say sexual words and phrases to describe them. I get scorned for not caring to see a sexy woman. I wonder the fuck why? It is not like I want to fuck this woman. I am not saying that i wanto see the woman naked. I am not saying I want a woman to enjot taking advantage of the woman. I want to get one that I can love. A woman that if married can make love with. The on ethat I can secure, help, and support to make things better. It is important that I get a woman that I can be capatable with. 

But there is a topic that I actually want to discuss legitametely about. This topic has effects on the black community since it is the black history month and it happens to be around the time of Valentine's day. I am speaking of one topic which is what. It is the topic called Sex with Condoms. 

Why speak about this topic? There are several valid reasons about this. First of all, it is said that black women in US are the ones with the most STDS (although it can be debatable). Also, there is a heavy stigma about being a virgin and it seemed wrong to not have sex before marriage. In the bible, it is likely a sin because it can ruin a relationship but in our society, many people very much disagree. Finally, there is pressure on certain people (like black man) to have sex and sex as much as possible. It is sad but it the reality about the sex in our country America but it is also true around the world.
Charts showing the percentage of people in Africa with Aids

One bad place of effect is Africa. But obviously sex is not really promoted in the way it is in America. Africa has many issues and one of them being aids. Sex is not the only reason although it is a important reason for this issue. I would say Omar Pene says that aids is the problem and the poision of our society. Youssou N'Dour wants young people to understand the power of sex. If you have aids, Mwzakali Mbuli would like you to have hope no matter that there is a God in this wicked world. We have the word Sima which is usually Lingala for behind but that is probably known by artists like Tama. Who could be one the giving aids. Could be Baraka like the song by Hamid Baurodi. Or could be music from Luo guy Ayub Ogada with his spiritual mix of 10 percent. Also add some fire collect of firewood like Bernard Kabanda. Marysm Mursal made some great points under not shame yourself one bit. Also, Taso Choir wants you to know that there is forgiveness from God and look to him for forgiveness of aid. However a band like Zawose and Brook say bedbug bites terribly. Man that is a scary thing huh. Imagine you lose a person that you actually love as Papa Wemba says. I mean Papa Wemba means he can't imagine you dying. We need then to sing the song Heaven is my home if you believe that there is by Imbizo. Man that is going to be a serious outgoing song. Use a sound of the drummers of Burundi to do something unique. What is the damn solution to sex. Wait a minute. It should be. Yes the socks. Yep socks. Socks meaning condoms. Remmy Ongala says that sex is like soccer except two people together. A man and a woman together in a room with no one watching. He say get a CONDOM (SOCKS). That what he says is the solution. Get a condoms so you can be able to have at least real appropriate sex. Yes I guess that is one way. Ohh life is so hard. 

My advice to people especially youth including myself by the way, if I want sex. We need to have condoms in our body. So no std, no aids, or pregnancy results from it. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kester Emeneya gone

I was working on my college work and trying to finish up a post when I found the news that I did not want to hear and want to be so true. This news just completely disgusts me dearly. 

It is the day that we can announce that Congolese singer Kester Emeneya has died. He was one great moment for the band Viva La Musica which is owned by Papa Wemba. When Kester Emeneya and Papa Wemba were together, they were able to produce some great songs together and their choir together was great and you could not deny their greatness together. 

Kester Emeneya started his own group around 1982 when he formed the group Victoria Elesien. This band is where Kester Emeneya as we know became known to everyone. He managed to make memorable songs and make some great grounds with his songs. 

What is sad is that part of the reason of Kester's death was because the death of Tabu Ley when he was already deeply sick. Clearly Rochereau's death had a major impact on King Kester and it was said that he did not take the news well. This was a major part of that further made Kester's health much worse. 

Kester Emeneya lived a great life as a singer and he was actually planning to build a house that he could make so he could have a better opportunity to make music in the near future. Some people of course were not happy at all hearing but I found to be a good thing. He was planning to get help from people from Washington DC. 

Regardless, it is terrible that we are beginning in 2014 with some terrible tragedy in African music. It is so unofrtunate that we lost one great Congolese artist and African artist. It is so sad. My hearts goes to his family and friends. RIP Kester Emeneya. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Josky/Madilu- DESTIN Lp

I am so happy about posting this great LP where we have two great stars of the generation new wave for us. I am speaking about two TPOK Jazz grand singers name Josky Kiambukuta and Madilu System. They produced a masterpiece where they would get some stardom success with their lp called DESTIN. This Lp would bring for these two stars for us to enjoy.

Let me get started with the song Erreur Personelle. This song was so good with the voice of Josky Kiambukuta. I mean you could feel the spirit of Josky ability to sound smooth and yet graceful with his voice. Also, you have Madilu and Josky sounding perfect together. Also it had the blast of Rigo Star and it was able to make the completetion of the great song. 

Then we get to the great song Sincerete by Josky Kiambukuta also. He was the man behind the great song. He was very passionate in this song and he was able to provide some valuable entertainment for us. More importantly the sebene was so banging and it got some skill of Rigo Star who was doing his magic on the guitars and bass. Man I got boose bumps hearing the guitars of Rigo Star.

The song that got me some goosebumps which is the song Pierre. Madilu System actually gives us a reason to want to listen to his songs. His voice in this song is very passionate and seems to enjoy singing this song. Josky and Madilu just put their voices into some beautiful melody. It was something that was so worth hearing as a music listener. 

Let's get into the song that officially made the begin of the legend of Madilu System La Grand Ninja. I am speaking about the song Biya. In fact this song is the one song that made the legend of Madilu System. In fact this song got so much popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Heck he even redid this song on his third solo album Sans Commentaire. That is how significant this song is. 

I  think people should hear this LP. I love this LP and it is total classic.  

New Year Happy Day

I am so happy that we enter 2014. I am happy to once again post for you guys to enjoy some comments from me and yours truly Franco Pepe Kalle. 

You wonder why I have not been posting. It is because I have had a rough and busy year in 2013 dealing with lots of issues and spent a bit too much time doing Facebook and finding myself watching too much reality TV. And my college life had kicked in a lot. 

But luckily right now, I am bit less crazed with things. Now I get a chance to give you a new year. 

I am hopeful that I can give you some posts. 

Soon I will get started on the Madilu train soon enough. Enjoy your day. I will post soon. 

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