Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nyoka Longo vs Pepe Felly

Hello people. I am back after some unbelievable times, I am finally back to reality. But I got a beef that I did know that it was serious. 

Pepe Felly and Nyoka Longo has been revived. Looks like death of Papa Wemba has led to this beef but I think I may know the cause. 

Some know that Zaiko Langa Langa in 1969, which had Meridjo, Nyoka Longo, Pepe Felly and Papa Wemba. But Papa Wemba left Zaiko in 1975, and Nyoka Longo started to insert leadership bit by bit but one person did not follow. Tat was Pepe Felly. Pepe Felly started to become very poular in Zaiko and he started to provoke Nyoka Longo and Longo had enough of it and Pepe was suspended in 1979. By 1980, Pep Felly started his group Grand Zaiko or Zaiko Wawa Wawa. One of them had a Nyoka Longo impersonator who was Djo Nickel. Looks like the resentment between Nyoka Loongo never went away ever in their lives. Never. It is so important. 

In fact Nyoka Longo got scared of Grand Zaiko. It had two big stars in Soukous music. Shimita and Defao. It appears that Defao hates Nyoka Longo and it is pretty mutual. So as result of Longo's fear, he stole a few musicians. 

One big player that came from Grand Zaiko was Adamo Ekula. Adam Ekula would be a big player in Zaiko Langa Langa Langa after likes of Dindo Yogo left. He would make a some impressive songs like Top Premier and Exil. 

Any other information for Adamo Ekula 
Profile Consider: Adamo Ekula

Honestly personally speaking, I am addicted to his voice I envy his voice so much. He has been so good and when he sings, it feels like magic. I am certain that Adam Ekula is in good terms with Nyoka Longo and Pepe Felly. 

Also what gives away their feud is that you saw them only tolerate each other for other people not to really recognize their tension. 

But their feud goes into how apparently Zaiko actually started. 
Here is the video of the basis of my article 

Now from this video, it is actually how Zaiko Langa Langa started. I have no idea but I have never heard Nyoka Longo actually even speak on how Zaiko has started though he is the leader of this group today. 

But Pepe Felly claims that Zaiko Langa Langa Nkolo Mboka never existed when the group began around late 1969 or Tout Choc Langa Langa. Also he implies that Nyoka Longo did really exist when the group was beginning its process. Oh boy, I don't what Longo will say but I doubt he will say anything. 

Also he implies that he is the one who knew real talent and kind of implying that Nyoka Longo does not apperciate or acknowledge talent. He mentions Adamo Ekula and Shimita. 

I am not sure if Adamo and Pepe Felly get along. I will probably never really know. 

I will finish with this, I know Nyoka Longo and Pepe Felly will probably be great friends at all but this leads me to wonder about the Papa Wemba situation with Nyoka Longo since Papa Wemba was closer to Pepe Felly. Who knows? 

Soutenir Black Voices

Bonjour mes amis et amies. J'aimerais dire un message pour vous qui aimez la musique Africaine classique. Je trouve un station radio que vous aimerez. 

Il s'appelle Black Voices. C'est la terme anglaise pour la voix des noirs. C'est un station radio que vous donnera les grands sons derriere la musique Africaine classique. Je voulais dire LA MUSIQUE AFRICAINE CLASSIQUE. Je dis "La Musique Africaine Classique".

Ce station vous donne les choses comment la musique a fonctionné pendant les années 1960 à les années 1980. C'est important pour vous de savoir les années. 

Je suis heureux que je sais ce station. J'entends les bonnes chansons des artistes qui sont bien pour nos coeurs et nos âmes. 

Je sais que nous avons des gens qui aiment ce station "Black Voices". Si vous avez un fanatique, vous pouvez donner l'argent ou entendre ce station. Parce qu'ils sont important pour l'attention de la musique Africaine classique. 

Merci Black Voices pour votre travail et votre existence au monde entier. 

Soutenir Syllart Records

Bonjour mes amis et mes amies. Je vous presnte un label de la musique Africaine comme la musique Africaine classique. Je vous donnerai un groupe que je pense de vous aimerez trop ou pas.

Je parle de Syllart Records. C'est un label avec beaucoup de musiciens qui veulent d'aider tous les musiciens. Parce qu'ils donnent beaucoup de diversité qu'il n'est facile pour un label. Parce qu'il demande la discipline depuis vous avez beaucoup de différences avec les cultures, les chansons, les dessins et les visions. Cela sera différent. C'est mon opinion de ce label. 

Je vous donne quelques artistes de ce label 
Mali Jam 
Bako Dagnon 
Yayo Kouyate 
Ibro Diabate 
Thio M'Baye  
Alpha Bondy 
Manu Lima 
Nando da Cruz 
Bembeya Jazz 
Shimita (avoir un article de lui ici en Anglais:(Shimita au Minnesota )) 
Pamelo Mounka (avoir un album de lui ici en Anglais:(Dernier album de Pamelo Mounka: Bien ou Mal? ))
Pepe Kalle (je suis un fanatique de lui comme vous savez déjà) 

Je donne beaucoup de respect pour ce label. Leurs travaux sont bien et ils continuent leurs travaux pour les bonnes choses de la musique Africaine. Je suis heureux que nous avons ce label. Sans ce label, je ne suis pas sûr que nous aurions les albums et les bonnes choses de la musique Africaine mais nous avons maintenant. 

Si vous êtes des promoteurs comme une profession, vous donnez votre temps pour ce label et si vous voulez, donner leur l'argent pour leur continuation de leur travail. C'est important. Je donne mes respects pour ce label. 

MERCI Syllart Records pour votre travail et votre existence au monde entier. 

Kenyans loved Franco deeply

I want to speak about Franco on this important truth. As I had previously said in another post, many Kenyans love Franco more than anyone else. 

Franco set his foot in Kenya in 1983, this was where Franco was beginning to impress the Kenyans. It would be Franco's first time being there.

Apart from most Congolese Artits, Franco had known Swahili. Franco had demonstrated his knowledge of Swahili in two songs. Mosala Etindi and Friens a main. So already Franco would have an easy time going to Kenya because he had awareness of Swahili. 

1983 tour in Kenya tourned out to be a great success and Franco was gaining an international crowd from other Africans. This would help Franco return to Kenya after three years. 

While Franco was in Kenya, he released a LP "Stars of OK Jazz". The songs would Massikini, Okey Konungisa, Boma ngai nakoboma yo tobomana and Eperdument. This gave huge success for Franco and his group OK Jazz.

By 1988, Franco became a big shot in Kenya and some had considered Franco to be an almighty figure in African music. Not just Congolese music but African music as well. 

Today with many Kenyans, they consider Franco to be a great star in Congolese music especially speaking of the Rumba tunes. 

For example today, in Kenya, often times, many Kenyans host a Rumba event where they honor Franco and they play his songs. In fact I have been told that there is a OK Jazz group in Kenya that regularly performs his songs on regular basis at shows. 

It is amazing how Franco is being honored today. As a Franco fan, I am very happy. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Joss Stone got someone to open for her

Hello friends, summer has been busy and now I got to tell you something important if you like other kinds of music. 

Some people do know it but others don't. I am a big fan of Joss Stone
source of the photo
joss stone

Joss Stone is a soulful singer and her voices makes me so happy to hear when I need to get some souls loving making music. She is a singer with force and so much passion behind those love songs that I love to hear. 

Just look at this performance. I mean how impressive she sounded. Just unbelievable and I have no words.

Believe me Joss Stone is incredible. 

Actually Joss Stone had a show in Israel. This brings me to the other person that I want to give a shout out to.

The lucky artist that opened for her was Gal de Paz. For those who don't know, I do follow her on Facebook. Her voice is sort of weird but funky. It is a kind of voice that I believe would be perfect with Joss Stone. I am pretty sure that they did not sing together but I think they would have had a perfect duet together. I believe their voices would have melded so well. For those who also don't know her, she is a artist based in Israel and she has a strong following. Her rock songs are impressive and generally I don't care to hear Rock Music. But her songs are unique and her covers are incredible to hear. I am so happy to know some of her songs. I would recommend to check her YouTube channel.

Have a nice night or day for people. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

What things that Pepe Kalle beats Franco in

We have two part post that I have been wanting to do but had no chance. I am sorry for the long delay. I had so many things to do that I did not have a chance to do this. 

Where Pepe Kalle defeats Franco  

1) Better dancer 
Despite Pepe Kalle's weight, he could actually dance. Unlike Franco, Pepe Kalle loved moving around a lot. Partially this was because Pepe Kalle was doing Soukous music. Franco had great energy to tell stories but as far as moving around a lot, Pepe Kalle was better. When Pepe Kalle would dance, he would actually beat his members who were skinnier than him I add. I mean the other members would look like frozen doughnuts compare to Pepe Kalle. I could not believe that a fat man could be a better dancer than the more thinner folks. Even Djouna Mumbafu had to sleep when Pepe Kalle got on the dance floor. But Pepe Kalle would purposely not dance often because he wanted to let others have their "moments" too. 
2) Better promoter 
Franco admitted that promotion was not a great thing that he was good at. He alluded to this on a 1985 interview here. 

If you want the English version, go to the Franco documentary called "King of Rumba". You will see Franco's words about promotion. 

This was where Pepe Kalle was actually pretty good at. After Pepe Kalle left Veve's label, Pepe Kalle managed to make some good promotion during his early days in Empire Bakuba and he managed to capture success and his songs were noticed and were praised since it had "great quality". Someone did notice. King of Rumba himself. King of Rumba was a big fanatic of King of Soukous. King of Rumba did give some aide to King of Soukous Pepe Kalle. Pepe Kalle's promotional skills got back to Veve label in 1982 and Verckys even asked Pepe Kalle to sing in one of his songs. 

3) Verckys 
Which leads to reason 3. Verckys. Franco and Verckys, I have no clue how Franco and Verckys ever ended up together in OKJ. It just seemed odd from the beginning in my view. But Franco and Verckys ended up being enemies. Verckys and Pepe Kalle relation was actually pretty good since he got Pepe Kalle into Veve label to do some guest singing around his group and Bella Bella as well. I will do post about Soki Vangu and Pepe Kalle soon. Now I am so addicted to hear Soki Vangu and Pepe Kalle together. Verckys enjoyed Pepe Kalle so much when Pepe Kalle returned to the Veve label, Verckys made sure that Pepe Kalle sang again with his group. 

4) Better with Youth 
One of Pepe Kalle's strength was capturing young people to get moving. Since young people wanted more dance more, comes Empire Bakuba and Zaiko Langa Langa. Empire Bakuba was led by Pepe Kalle. Pepe Kalle emerged and he managed to impressive young people the most with his Soukous songs. Furthermore, Pepe Kalle's Oh Nager and Kwasa Kwasa proved to be too much and other "Soukous" stars would the latter dance and find ways to make it unique and try to make it less "Pepe Kalle" like. 

5) Confidence 
Pepe Kalle was confident from the beginning. Franco was actually very shy and not very comfortable when he was young. But that was not the case with the King of Soukous. He was always determined to get his way in the Congolese music scene. Pepe Kalle was not impressed by any one including the King of Rumba. When Franco offered to have Pepe Kalle into OK Jazz, Pepe Kalle actually turned down the offer which turned out to the best decision for both kings. This demonstrated Pepe Kalle's incredible confidence. He never felt scared of anyone and it would pay off during the 1980s and 1990s. 
Let me show Pepe's incredible confidence. 1992 Zambia show

6) Better singer 
Franco was a incredible musician and leader but Pepe Kalle was the better singer than Franco was. Pepe Kalle had a voice that was unique. Now this does not mean I think Pepe Kalle is the best Congolese singer. Nope. Not even close. They are better singers than Pepe Kalle. I think about Papa Wemba, Nyboma, Madilu, Ntesa, Josky Kiambukuta, Papy Tex, and especially Soki Vangu. But Pepe Kalle sang better than Franco did. Pepe Kalle's voice was solid and incredible but more importantly it was very smooth. This could explain Franco's addiction to Pepe Kalle. In fact, it was said by many such as Ntesa that Franco envied Pepe Kalle's voice more than anyone's voice. This would lead to Franco's partnership with Madilu. Largely due to Franco's jealously for Pepe Kalle's voice. Pepe Kalle's voice could go in ways that you could not think of a normal singer in "his shoes". Furthermore, Pepe Kalle's smoothness is one thing that remained with him especially as his voice would go on constant changes. 

7) Tanzania 
His great voice was especially noticed in Tanzania. In fact when he visited Tanzania, that was when people started to lose their mind. Though Franco went to Tanzania and people were nuts, but with Pepe Kalle, people felt much more comfortable and felt like Pepe Kalle could have been "A great Tanzanian" himself. Pepe Kalle only his presence in Tanzania more known when he released his song "Shikamo Seye" or some would called it "Hidaya". Hear the song here. You will be impressed. 

Tanzania is essentially Pepe Kalle's town since his song Hidaya came. In fact I was told that more ladies have been named Hidaya since Pepe Kalle's song Shikamo Seye came. Insane, right? Apparently some ladies love this song just because he says "Hidaya". Now some are wanting to name their daughter "Hidaya". Tanzania, it appears that they are more crazy about Pepe Kalle than Franco. 

What things that Franco beats Pepe Kalle in

We have two part post that I have been wanting to do but had no chance. I am sorry for the long delay. I had so many things to do that I did not have a chance to do this. 

Where Franco defeats Pepe Kalle 

1) The better leader
Franco had a capacity to have leadership that no one else could have ever had. Franco was able to combine some big talents into OK Jazz. Think about Ntesa Dalienst, Josky Kiambukuta, Madilu System, Rondot Kasongo, Papa Noel, Michelino, Dizzy Mandjeku, and many others. Pepe Kalle was never able to do that. He already had a set of musicians before he got other talents but they were not big shots except Djodjo Ikomo who played for Franco's OK Jazz. Very interesting. But Franco was able to make his mark in Congolese music more as a leader and not just a solo star. 
2) Bigger Star 
While I argue some of Pepe Kalle's best work was outside of Empire Bakuba but Franco's solo or nzingnzong was much better than Pepe Kalle. I mean after all, Franco's work with Tabu Ley was way better than Pepe Kalle's work with Tabu Ley. Franco and Tabu Ley had better chemsitry than Pepe Kalle and Tabu Ley. I wish Franco and Tabu Ley sang vocals together more than they actually did. I like Pepe Kalle and Tabu Ley and their vocals together but I think Tabu Ley's voice would have made more sense with Franco than with Pompon Kuleta, Mbilia Bel, Kiesse Diambu, Pepe Kalle let alone Josky Kiambukuta. Hey does Madilu ring a bell. If you think Franco was so great with Madilu, then Franco would have been better with Tabu Ley. I actually wished Franco and Tabu Ley would have worked together in 1977 since they were becoming the "official legends" of Congolese music and their voices were on top notch. Yes even Franco sounded vocally way better in 1977 than any other year. Imagine it was 1977, Franco and Tabu Ley would have been a even better moment. 
3) Tabu Ley
This leads to my third reason. Tabu Ley was a better partner to Franco than Pepe Kalle for not just vocals alone but with Franco, Tabu Ley could really show his true "personality" if you know what I mean. Since Franco loved Tabu Ley's voice, Franco wanted to make sure that some of his singers reminded him of Tabu Ley. It even leads to Franco change his music to make more like "Afrisa" or "African Jazz school" as Sam Mangwana had described. Look at the interview here. He explains Franco's desire to bring Africa Jazz school

Tabu Ley had more passion in his songs with Franco than he did with Pepe Kalle. I mean Tabu Ley was passionate too but with Franco, it was at a very different. Which once again leads to me wondering why Tabu Ley never took a chance to do a collaboration with Simaro. Honestly Simaro likes singers like Tabu Ley. I will do songs where I know Tabu Ley would have fitted in perfectly. Unfortunately King of Soukous Pepe Kalle was not able to get Tabu Ley to be more like "Tabu Ley". King of Rumba Franco was able to. And since Tabu Ley disliked Franco's leadership skills, probably that might have played into another reason why Tabu Ley's voice was so intense at times. Especially one particular song. NGUNGI. Hear it here. Oh boy Tabu Ley was really passionate. Incredible. That is all I can say. 

I feel pity for the King of Soukous because King of Rumba had more effect on Tabu Ley. Oh Franco and Tabu Ley, imagine if they had done few more songs together. I will just leave that to imagination for that. 

4) Better Storyteller
Franco and Pepe Kalle were both storytellers but the one that was best was really Franco essentially. Franco was able to tell stories that are ordinary and yet make it distinctive from others. The way he spoke about love, politics and controversy was something that made you think and many times, it was very satire which is one part of why I am a Franco fanatic and why I am heavily biased towards. Also Franco was looking well for his citizens. That is not what many powerful folks like to do. They like to look for themselves and not for the citizens as a whole. Franco was a great exception for this. This might explain why many people had disdain for Franco. Because Franco used his fame for call for awareness for life rather than just pity crap. 

5) Better singers 
Franco was very good at finding good solid singers. Pepe Kalle had excellent singers but Franco was greater at finding incredible vocalists. Think about Wuta Mayi, Madilu, Malage de Lugendo, Josky Kiambukuta, and even Ndombe Opetum (The closest singer in OKJ to Tabu Ley). Pepe Kalle never cared much about getting quality singers since he had Dilu Dilumona and Papy Tex though he had few impressive singers such as Biya Chante, Solo Sita and Djodjo Ikomo as well as Desouza. 

6) Big Recognition 
Think about how incredible Franco was. Well some people make a big deal of Franco as it is well deserved. I mean a man that has been in the music scene for three decades. It is a good thing that he's got some well recognized attention for his incredible dedication in life. Franco's greatness just gets more power than Pepe Kalle's greatness. 

7) Media 
Franco was the best master of Media which was Franco really defeats Pepe Kalle. Since Franco had more power, media was begging for him. As notice in Franco's interviews, they were scared of him. They wanted to make him so happy though Franco wanted them to know that all things would be good. But the journalists were just scared of him. Franco's power was big. 
Just look at this interview here with these "journalists" 

8) Composer 
Franco was the better composer than Pepe Kalle. At times, Pepe Kalle's best moments in other people's songs. But for Franco, it was almost and always his own songs. You can see how incredible of a composer Franco was. Franco was able to make his songs distinctive and stand out from the cloud. That was I enjoy hearing his songs. Especially the songs composed by Franco and and the ones that he sings in. Because you can feel and smell the greatness of Franco in those songs. Finally, you notice that Franco was able to make his own way into his classic songs. 

9) Fans
Franco's fans are much stronger than Pepe Kalle's fans. Whenever you dice Franco, many of his fans get passionate and they will not let you get away with it. With PK's fans, they get mad but they don't have those strong reactions like you would with Pepe Kalle fans. Plus Franco fans do a lot of works to promote their man and they want people to know how great Franco was and important Franco was to Congolese music as well as African music as a whole. Franco just had fans that would come and want to be near him. In Tanzania, people were dying because they just wanted to feel the "magic" of Franco. It is helped by that Franco knew some Swahili. Though Franco was from Kinshasa, he managed to capture some Swahili along his way. That is how much power that Franco's fans had. Pepe Kalle fan's were mere footnotes compare to Franco's fans. Yes Pepe Kalle's fans were passionate but not the way Franco's fans were. 
Here references from Simaro in documentary "King of Rumba" 

10) Great Influence in African Music 
Franco became so much like a king material in his music that other musicians in African countries tried to get him to see him or be like him. For example, some musicians in Tanzania tried to act and play like Franco. Case in point late Tanzania legend Mbaraka Mwinshehe. He was a fanatic of Franco. The biggest fanatic in Tanzanian music crowd. He loved and envied Franco to death. So much so, when he did his music, he wanted to make sure that you noticed "Franco ideology" in his guitar. It worked very well for Mbaraka with many Tanzanians which was why it was so sad when he passed away in 1979 in a car accident. So much promise with Mbaraka Mwinshehe. But Franco had a bigger fan base in another East African country. Kenya. One person that was a big fan of his was Musa Juma. He managed to get a little Franco into his system and he managed to get success from it and he would be a big star until his bizarre death in 2011. 
Listen to Mbaraka with two songs from him that I like very much. 

11) Kenya 
With Musa Juma, it was part of a pattern of how much Franco was beloved in Kenya. When Franco set his foot in Kenya, boy the Kenyans were never the same. Since then, many Kenyans whenever they think about Congolese Older music, they think really essentially Franco more than anyone else. Pepe Kalle does not a strong fan base in Kenya. Pepe Kalle never impressed the Kenyans like Franco did. Franco managed to make Kenyans feel like his children. In fact when Franco went to Kenya, he loved Kisumu. He said that was the moment that he found himself. Kisumu was Franco's big place in Kenya. He enjoyed performing in Kisumu. This time was in 1986 and 1988 periods. For those times, Franco found a fanatical base there. I believe if Kenyans chose between Franco and Pepe Kalle, it would be Franco before Pepe Kalle. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Franco vs Pepe Kalle: WAR BEGINS

Now I am doing one big thing that I never wanted to do but I am doing now since I have been asked to and I feel like is a bit controversial.

Here it is




Franco and Pepe Kalle are the kings. Franco is first and Pepe Kalle is second

I will cover this controversial topic of two people whom I consider the Congolese Music kings. Rumba and Soukous. I call Franco to be the "First King" which is Rumba. Second King which is Soukous, I say we name Pepe Kalle. Franco is first because he has the best Congolese music genre which is Rumba. Rumba and Soukous were started from Grand Kalle. Eventually these two genres became their own. While Franco beats Pepe Kalle in many things but they are areas where Pepe Kalle beats Franco. 

Nakofinika misala ya batu mibale nani nabengi bango "Mikonzi". Nabenga bango Rumba na Soukous. Nabenga Franco lokola Mokonzi ya liboso pamba te azalaka muziki ya liboso na muziki mukongo. Naloba na Rumba. Mokonzi ya mibale ezali na muziki ya Soukous. Nalobi Pepe Kalle azali mokonzi ya Soukous. Ezali maloba na nga na Franco na Pepe Kalle banani bazali mikonzi. Rumba na Soukous ebandaki wuta Grand Kalle. Bagenre mibale bakopasolamaka kozala ye moko pona moto nyonso komona. Ezali yasolo yango Franco alongi Pepe Kalle na biloko mingi kasi tomoni biloko yango Pepe Kalle alongi Franco. 

Tendré un tema que hablo de los reyes de la música congoleña. Digo la Rumba y el Soukous. Digo que Franco es la premiero rey de la música congoleña. Digo esto por que yo se que la rumba es premiero en la música congoleña. Pepe Kalle es el rey de la música soukous. Pepe Kalle es antes de Franco. Yo usted doy mis palabras de dos personas quien amo mucho. Rumba y Soukous viennen de Grand Kalle quien es el papa de la música congoleña. Sino Rumba y Soukous son dos genres diferente de la música congoleña. Yo se que Franco es mas gran que Pepe Kalle y Franco tienne cosos muchos mejor que Pepe Kalle sino Pepe Kalle tienne cosos algunos mejor que Franco. 

Eu vai dar você coisas alguns de Franco e Pepe Kalle quem eu digo que os reis da música congolesa. Eu digo que Franco é primeiro rei da música Congolesa. Por que Franco é em a música Rumba. Pepe Kalle é o rei da música Soukous. Pepe Kalle é antes de Ranco. Eu dou você mis palavras de doces pessoas que eu amo muito. Rumba e Soukous vem de Grand Kalle quem é o pai da música Congolesa. Mas Rumba e Soukous são dos genres diferente da música congolesa. Eu sei que Franco é mutio grande que Pepe Kalle e Franco tem coisas muitos melhor que Pepe Kalle mas Pepe Kalle tem coisas alguns melhor que Franco. 

Je parlerai ce sujet qui sera une grande polemique sur deux personnes que j'appelle les rois de la musique Congolaise. J'ai deux genres dans la musique Congolaise. La Rumba et Le Soukous. J'appelle Franco d'être le roi premier parce qu'il était une membre de la musique Rumba. Apres, j'appellerai Pepe Kalle d'être le roi deuxieme parce qu'il était une membre de la musique Soukous. Franco défait Pepe Kalle dans beaucoup de choses mais Pepe Kalle défait Franco dans quelques choses. C'est la vie des deux musiciens. 

Nitasema msomo hivi kwa ajili kasfa kubwa kwamba watu wengi walinitaka kusema kwa ajili muda mrefu. Wasanii wawili kwamba napenda sana katika muziki mwakongo. Nawaita wafalme wa muziki mukongo. Nasema Rumba na Soukous. Tangu Rumba ni kwanza kwangu, naita Franco ni mfalme wa kwanza kwa sababu alikuwa bwana kubwa katika muziki Rumba. Rumba na Soukous walitoka Grand Kalle lakini walikuwa muziki wao wenyewe. Franco anashida Pepe Kalle na mambo mingi lakini Pepe Kalle anashida Franco na mambo fulani. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dream Trio: Josky Kiambukuta, Madilu System, Youlou Mabiala

Sorry guys, it has been a while. I have been through so many changes. More relationships dead, basic job almost overwhelms my day now, and other shit that I have take care of. Now you add in that I have no life. I mean no "real social" life. I don't give a fuck much but I know those around me who do and they make it a bigger deal than I do. But I am OK with it since most of my life, I have been on my own with very little social contracts anyway. 

But I got something that I like doing unlike those things. Finding fantasies and sharing them. One of them is a great trio team alongside Josky Kiambukuta
Now instead of Mamaki (Mayoni-Mabiala-Kiambukuta), now think about Makisy (Mabiala-Kiambukuta-System). 

I am speaking of a trioship between Josky Kiambukuta, Madilu System and Youlou Mabiala. Imagine if we had these three men sing together, I think there, we would have been able to find magic together. 

I think about the fact that Josky and Youlou just have a natural chemistry singing together. They have sang with some important singers in their age. 

But one person that would have been a great help in their assistance. Madilu System. Madilu's love to sing with "certain singers". Those who have strong voices and Madilu can come be the "relaxer" with his singing. 

Josky and Youlou would apperciate a Madilu because he will come in to assist their great chemistry rather than ruin it completely. 

That is why I think Josky should have done songs with the voices of Madilu System and Youlou Mabiala. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Change of Plans

I am sorry to do this. I did announce about this month being the time of Josky and Celine Dion. But since I have things going on, I am going to have to postpone those posts. 

Don't worry fans, you will get them soon and I will make my posts about them in the near future. I don't know when but you will get them. 

Be patient, I will be back. 

Nakozonga awa kopesa maloba na ngai pona bino nyonso. 
Parce que je vous veux de voir mes paroles de ces musiciens. 
Wakati narudi, mutaona maneno yangu na kwanini nasema nini nasema. 

Thank you

Franco Pepe Kalle

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dream Trio: Josky Kiambukuta, Mbilia Bel, Tshala Muana

I have notice that Josky Kiambukuta hardly sang with women in his great musical career. Now if you wanted Josky to sing with two female singers, I actually think I found two people that fit in the music of Josky Kiambukuta. 

I think of Mbilia Bel and Tshala Muana. Two divas with big egos who could back it up with their voices. 

With Josky's ability to sing any note, I think these two women would be able to be good backup singers for Josky's need for his lead commandments. 

I got a song where I believe that this trio would have some big success if it was them together. 

The song by Mayaula Mayoni which he sings with Tshala Muana would actually be the song that I think it would have been great also if we had a Mbilia Bel, Tshala Muana and Josky Kiambukuta together. Plus you would get Mayoni plays his rhythm player though he had a very powerful voice. Josky can sing with low notes with Mbilia Bel with high notes since she would prefer that and Tshala Muana just do the middle note. If this scenario, I know many women would jumping up and down. 

That song inspired the special of Josky, Mbilia Bel and Tshala Muana. 

Dream Trio: Josky Kiambukuta, Nyboma, Soki Vangu

I have to do this. For many reasons. I am speaking about my great trioship. Imagine if we had these three men. 
1) Josky Kiambukuta
2) Nyboma 
3) Soki Vangu 

I have my reasons why they should have sang with together. 
1) Josky Kiambukuta has such a diversity as a singer 
2) Nyboma can sing with anyone 
3) Soki Vangu seemed to be able to tolerate everyone's sound 
4) Josky has a appreciation of musical diversity in Congolese Music 
5) Incredible melody of Nyboma and Soki Vangu singing together while Josky does his strong singing. 

I think these words explain my view of my imagination of these three singers together. I believe that they would be able to spark the fans with their voices melding together. 

The trio special: Josky, Nyboma and Soki Vangu

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Soki Vangu is truly underrated: Soki Dianzenza is truly overrated

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. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Announcement: Dream Duet all for Celine Dion in February

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. 

Dream Duet: Celine Dion and Josky Kiambukuta

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. 

Dream Duet: Jennifer Lopez and Koffi Olomide

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. 

Dream Duet: Babyface and Maxwell

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. 

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