Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cons of Madilu and Nyboma partnership

Here are the cons 

1) Nyboma may have been used too much
Nyboma may have been on too many Madilu songs. It looks to me at times, it looked like Nyboma may have been exhausted on being on so many Madilu's songs. Just listen to Bonne Humeur, you can see a little bit that Nyboma may have been exhausted. This was sort of confirmed on a Nyboma interview, where it sounded to me like he was kind of tired always having to help Madilu out on promotion of this album when he spoke about this project. 

Even better, listen to Pouvoir, Nyboma actually sang less than he did on L'Eau or even Album 95. 

2) One Sided Affair
This leads to me being this part. Madilu always wanted Nyboma in his works but it did not seem mutual. On Nyboma's work, he hardly invited Madilu on those works (only 2006 album of Kekele would Madilu appear on a Nyboma work). Good example would be on Nyboma's very successful album Anicet which was done in 1994 which was the same time that Madilu did Sans Commentaire. It was clear to me, Nyboma was not a big fan of Madilu as Madilu was of his. 

3) Missed potential guests 
With Nyboma and Madilu going well, Madilu forgot that there could have been guests that could have completed Madilu's great solo work. The only time that was not the case was on Album 95 or Pouvoir. Album 95, he worked with Dindo Yogo and they had a harmonious sound on Pardon. On pouvoir, he had a great singing moment with Desouza Santu who sang with Pepe Kalle. But other than that, other albums did not quite have someone great that could have matched Madilu's crazy voice. But there were moments where some songs should have had Nyboma's voice but did not espcially on choirs. 

4) Lack of duets
Madilu and Nyboma did not do enough duets. That makes me mad since they were a nice duo. They actually had a great sound together and there are moments where it should have been them and no anyone else. I'll give an example. Aminata and Mon Case of Bonne Humeur (Dernier Volonte). Those songs could have made a great duet but instead they have choirs of others which stinks because you could have a harmonious moment between these two men. Final one could have been Wawali Mobunda. That song should have been a duet between these two. Even on their signature album Voisin, they did not do duets. It is so absurd. They probably never realize how perfect that they could have been together as a duo. But then again, they also could added a third person 

5) Missed a third man alongside them
Nyboma and Madilu missed a chance to find a third man that could have been perfect with them together. I mean they failed to find that place. It could have been (and should have been) Wuta Mayi. But unfortunately Wuta Mayi was used with Nyboma with someone else. Or it could have been Dindo Yogo. I mean Dindo Yogo loves singing the countertenor role while Nyboma could have done the the tenor with Madilu's unpredictable baritone. Or it could have been Luciana himself. 

Or even more shocking it could have been with Pepe Kalle. I mean Madilu often said that he was his "friend". So if Pepe Kalle was such a great friend, Nyboma and Madilu should have gotten him to make a trioship for a project where they could have sang together during Madilu's earlier days as a solo singer. 

Benefits of Madilu and Nyboma partnership

I got you guys for the benefits from a partnership of Madilu and Nyboma. 

1) It created a new duoship of two legends
Madilu and Nyboma made something new of making a duoship worth hearing and they made a distinctive sound. 

2) Madilu saw a good person to work with
Madilu saw that Nyboma was always willing to help him. Nyboma was the one who arranged a lot of Madilu's incredible songs that you heard through most of Madilu's classic works. Nyboma always made Madilu's music better. 

3) Appreciation
Nyboma and Madilu appreciated each other since they sang together so often. Also there was a sense of respect for one another since they had a great musical connection. Furthermore, there was a sense of good compliments like Madilu often said "Coko Nyboma" and Nyboma would respond with more joy. '

This formula played a huge role in Madilu's great success. Part of the reason of his great successful solo career, was due to the participation of Nyboma himself in many of those songs. This formula helped people discover Madilu. It helped people to appreciate and love the voice of Madilu with great support of people with Nyboma like Luciana or Wuta Mayi as examples. 

5) Consistency 
It helped people know that Madilu had a certain vocal arrangement. You knew that it had a certain way of going on many Madilu songs. Typically you would have Wuta Mayi and Nyboma with another person with someone like Ballou Canta or Malage de Lugendo or Luciana. But that sort of changed a bit on Bonne Humeur but it was consistent on most Madilu's work. Also furthermore, you could also count on Nyboma being on most of Madilu's solo work. Nyboma was consistent on his role with Madilu as a backup man and arranger of Madilu's great work. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Youlou Mabiala's music during the 1980s and how great they were

Youlou Mabiala is one big name out of the OK Jazz clan. He is one of the most important members of the OK Jazz band. He sang a lot with Franco and Michael Boyibanda in his OKJ years. 

But after that, he made a great band that would be loved in Africa especially Congo Brazza. Congo Brazza better known as Republic of Congo. That band would be Kamikaze Loningisa. 

Youlou Mabiala and Kamikaze Loningisa come out publicly and officially in 1982 in a LP produced by Franco. From there, Youlou Mabiala would become a legend. 

How great was Youlou's music during the 1980s. It was so great. Because many people loved this man and his band and also futhermore, they would manage to create a big fan base during this period.

One example was his classic song Carte Postale. This song got Youlou on top and many Brazza people had so much joy in this song. They considered Youlou Mabiala as "Prince Youlou". 

Also Youlou Mabiala made a excellent collaboration album with his fellow Brazza colleague who was Pamelo Mounka or some say Pamelo Mounk'A. It was called Atipo. This work was huge success in Brazzaville. Many people were having a blast and they realized how much greatness was between Pamelo Mounka and Youlou. 

Youlou Mabiala captured some great talent during this period. He particularly founded some great singers who were known as "Madilu soundalikes". They were Bola Bolithe, Elba Kuluma or Elba Top A and Tapis Malonga. Also he got former veve star Tino Minkwa. Finally, he founded the great voice of his soundalike man Serge Kiambukuta who is cousin of Josky Kiambukuta. Serge and Youlou were a strong duo and they managed to create a great bond together. They got reunited in 1995 and they sounded perfect together. Youlou also had a strong connection with Elba Kuluma. Elba and Youlou were a great duo together. They got a connection that some cannot understand. They got together in 1992 and recently in some songs. Unfortunately with Elba and Serge, it was both short lived. 

I want to say that Youlou Mabiala was a great talent and he showed that with his songs and his singers that he got under his wing. 


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