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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Dream Duet: Dilu Dilumona and Youlou Mabiala

 


We got a dream duet edition of dedication of Dilu Dilumona. We got two people that I think Dilu Dilumona should have sung with. This is the first edition. Who is the first act that should have sung with Dilu Dilumona. This man was one of the most favorite Franco singers of OK Jazz. He was the boss of the great group Kamikaze Loningisa. Who is the individual that I am speaking about?

I am speaking of Youlou Mabiala. This man is one of all the great singers in Congolese Music. I am speaking of Brazzaville and Kinshasa sides. He is one person that could really harmonizing with anyone in reality. He was very effective with Franco, Lola Checain and Michel Boyibanda. 

Dilu Dilumona and Youlou Mabiala would be a great duo. Why you ask? Because Dilu is a classic sounding singer and Youlou seemed to have love for those of kind of singers. Case in point Youlou copycat but of second voice name Serge Kiambukuta. He had that kind of voice and Youlou loved that. That is why Dilu Dilumona would have been perfect to sing with Youlou Mabiala. If they were to sing together, their voices would make a classical harmony and it would have been made simple but enjoyable. 

Here are six songs 

MASSI BY YOULOU MABIALA

ZOZO BY DELE PEDRO 

MUNGU BY DILU DILUMONA 

BAKOKA TE FIANCEE BY BAVON MARIE MARIE  

NGAI NA YE BY DILU DILUMONA 

KUMBE KUMBE BY YOULOU MABIALA 

These six songs would be have been perfect for the voices of Dilu Dilumona and Youlou Mabiala. I chose these six songs because these songs would have major improvement if these men have sung together. The best example of this would have been the song Kumbe Kumbe. This song is where definitively a Dilu voice would have been more useful. The Diatho Lukoki copycat sounded good but he made some minor but notable gaffes and I know for some perfectionists, they would be very mad. For me, the harmony would have been better done if Dilu Dilumona had harmonize with Youlou Mabiala. Dilu never makes mistakes which something very important as a singer. That is one great strength of Dilu that is not credited enough in my opinion. Kumbe Kumbe would have been better well made with Youlou Mabiala harmonizing with Dilu Dilumona. 

This is the end of the Dilu Dilumona duet edition. Now we will focus on Papy Tex duet edition special. 

Dream Duet: Dilu Dilumona and Sam Mangwana


We got a dream duet edition of dedication of Dilu Dilumona. We got two people that I think Dilu Dilumona should have sung with. This is the first edition. Who is the first act that should have sung with Dilu Dilumona. This man was singer that got to sing with both Franco and Tabu Ley. He is often referred as a "Pigeon Voyageur" since he did so many adventures. Who is the individual that I am speaking about? 

I am speaking of Sam Mangwana. He is still alive and well. He has had a long career. He has sung with two great legends. Franco and Tabu Ley that I am speaking of. He has worked with several musicians such as Dino Vangu, Dizzy Mandjeku, Syran Mbenza, Mayaula Mayoni, Josky Kiambukuta, Lola Checain, Michel Boyibanda, Youlou Mabiala, and others. 

Dilu Dilumona and Sam Mangwana would be the Pepe Kalle and Tabu Ley duo but in a secondary style. Dilu is much more classical and softer than Pepe Kalle was. Sam would be more masculine than Tabu Ley ever was. Together, you would have another version of Afrisa singing with anyone that fits the style of Dr. Nico on guitar. I know that Dilu and Sam would have connected well musically. 

Here are six songs that would have fitted well the voices of Dilu Dilumona and Sam Mangwana. 

MARABENTA (VAMOS PARA O CAMPO) BY SAM MANGWANA 

MIZI BY DILU DILUMONA 

MADO BY CELI BITSHOU 


YO NAPONI BY DILU DILUMONA 

MBANDA KAZAKA BY MAYAULA MAYONI 

CHERIE BONDOWE BY MAYAULA MAYONI 


These six songs would have been perfect for the voices of Sam Mangwana and Youlou Mabiala. Why? Because the songs except Cherie Bondowe, Mbanda Kazaka and Mizi, these songs speak of endless love but it is done in way that is simple but emotional more and less as well as the heartbreaking songs. I notice that in these songs and that is why I believe Dilu Dilumona and Sam Mangwana would have been perfect for one another. Because they knew how to make emotional songs but not got too emotional which attracts some folks who like that style of singing. 

Dilu Dilumona and Sam Mangwana are Africa Fiesta understudies and were influenced by the voice of Tabu Ley. They were well made and they knew how to sing simply but make a mark. That is why I believe that these men should have sung together. 

This is the first edition of Dilu Dilumona duet edition. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Dream Duet: Ntesa Dalienst and Pepe Kalle

 

Hello everyone. We have a Pepe Kalle edition only. We will have two people under this great edition a great legend in Congolese Music. These men come from OK Jazz of Franco. I have found two people that I think would have given Pepe Kalle a great time. Second individual was one of the leaders of Grands Maquisards. He is known for his harmony singing with Wuta Mayi. He would form a close musical bond with Josky Kiambukuta and they would sing in some nzonzings and sing together until 1989.  I would say that he is closer to the voice tone of Nyboma but more jolly. 

I am speaking about Ntesa Dalienst. He was one of the best contributors to the OK Jazz band. He is known for singing about women as they are just as important as men and also having a jolly sound in a sad or a happy song. Think of the songs like Mouzi, Bina na ngai na respect and Dodo. His voice is more of a type to Nyboma. But Nyboma had a vibrato and Ntesa did not have that. But their voices were sort of crystal. 

Ntesa and Pepe Kalle would have been a great duo. Why you ask? Ntesa was effective in singing with Madilu. Their harmony was on point. Since Madilu and Pepe Kalle have a similar voice style (except Madilu was more jolly than Pepe Kalle), Ntesa would have been stronger with Pepe Kalle. Ntesa and Pepe Kalle have loud voices and it would meld very well together. 

In fact Ntesa appeared to be a big fan of Pepe Kalle. He mentioned him one time when discussing the song Non which Franco sang with Madilu from the album "Chez Fabrice a Bruxelles". I discussed somewhat about this great lp here. 
Franco (FABRICE 1983)  
Ntesa mentioned that Franco was very influenced by the voice of Pepe Kalle himself for the song. He also mentioned on how he wanted to really play the style of Pepe Kalle. Perhaps this could be the reason why Madilu made his version called Mayeno which had some preview on his song Pesa Position na yo. 
You can hear Pepe Kalle topic by Ntesa here


I have six songs that would have fitted Ntesa Dalienst and Pepe Kalle very well. 

TANTINE BY NTESA DIALENST 
MOYIBI BY PEPE KALLE

NGANDA MA CAMPAGNE BY LOLA CHECAIN 
MINDONDO ESILA BY NTESA DIALENST 
TABU LIBONGO BY PEPE KALLE 
AWELA AWELA BY FRANCO 

These songs would fit the voices of Ntesa and Pepe Kalle because their voices are very strong and it would mesh very well. Best examples of the showcases of their strong voices would be Mindondo Esila and Tabu Libongo. With Ntesa song, Pepe Kalle would put more force in his voice in that song. With Pepe Kalle, Ntesa would sound much louder which would have made the song more complete if you ask me. Since their voices are loud and strong, they should have definitely sang together. They would make amazing harmonies and also make memorable lines together. 

I know that Ntesa and Pepe Kalle would have had a great bond together since Ntesa was a big fan of Pepe Kalle and Pepe Kalle does have a soft side for OK Jazz and Afrisa. Also, I know that their duet songs would have been memorable and discussed by many music lovers. Finally, Ntesa would have went on detail on his collaboration with Pepe Kalle. 

Would Ntesa and Pepe Kalle duet have been a memorable duo? If you ask me, it would be a definite yes. 

This is end of the Pepe Kalle duet edition. We will go to Dilu Dilumona duet edition of two parts. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Dream Duet: Djo Mpoyi and Pepe Kalle

 


Hello everyone. We have a Pepe Kalle edition of dream duet special. We will have two people under this great edition a great legend in Congolese Music. These men come from OK Jazz of Franco. I have found two people that I think would have given Pepe Kalle a great time. First individual used to be part of the group Orchestre Saka Yonsa of Mbole Tambwe. He replaced Youlou Mabiala in OK Jazz. He is known for his harmony singing with Diatho Lukoki. He was very close with Josky Kiambukuta who he did many songs with during the late 1970s up until his death in the early 1990s. I would say that he is closer to the voice tone of Papy Tex but more aggressive. 

I am speaking about Djo Mpoyi. He is one of the biggest members of OK Jazz. He is known for his romantic yet emotional singing in songs like Simaro's Kadima and Mandola. Djo Mpoyi is a ladies man and he knew how to touch the hearts of women. Very similar to Papy Tex who is also known for this as well. 

That is the reason why Djo Mpoyi and Pepe Kalle would have been a great duo. Since Djo has the romantic side, Pepe Kalle can add his smooth voice to the song. Also on a sad song that Djo Mpoyi sang, I know with addition of Pepe Kalle's voice, it would touch lives of many people. I also know that Djo Mpoyi can sing low which allows Pepe Kalle to have his Tabu Ley moment. In other words, sing high as a second voice singer like Tabu Ley did on a regular basis. 

Here are the songs that would have been perfect between Djo Mpoyi and Pepe Kalle 
AIDEU LEYA BY PAPY TEX 
TRAHISON BY PEPE KALLE 
DADOU SECOND VERSION BY PEPE KALLE 
ORIGINAL VERSION OF CHOC D'AMOUR BY PAPA NOEL 
HOMMAGE A FRANCO BY SIMARO LUTUMBA MASIYA
MASSIKINI BY DJO MPOYI 

These six songs would have been great selections for Djo Mpoyi singing with Pepe Kalle especially with the song Dadou which version was made in 1979. That version would have fitted the harmony between Djo Mpoyi and Pepe Kalle when they do the hymns. The hymns would show Djo's great strengths as a harmonist. Djo's hymns with Pepe would have made the harmony much stronger than I heard on the actual song. That is why Pepe Kalle would have been perfect with Djo Mpoyi. Djo Mpoyi would automatically follow Pepe's strong voice and know exactly how maintain his strong voice especially with hymns. 

I know many OKJ and Empire fans would have been impressed with a harmony between Djo Mpoyi and Pepe Kalle. Also, the hymns would blow the fans away in my humble opinion. 

This is first edition of Pepe Kalle dream duet edition. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Dream Duet: Franco and JP Buse

 

Hello everyone. We have a Franco special duet edition only. We will have two people under this great edition of the biggest legend in Congolese Music. These men come from the Zaiko generation. I have found two people that I think would have given Franco a great time. Second individual came from Zaiko Langa Langa with now hands of Nyoka Longo. He is part of the Zaiko school Likingisme (Which I will do a post about in the near future) meaning a Likinga Redo photocopy. He is however more of a second voice type rather than first singing type. He was part of the Golden Zaiko meaning the mid and late 1980s. He lives in Canada and he does music in his own terms. 

I am speaking about JP Buse. This man has a great voice. He sounds very similar to Likinga Redo but he is a second voice type as mentioned before. But since he could sing high, he had good harmonies with Nyoka Longo and also Lengi Lenga (a Nyoka Longo photocopy). If JP had sung with Franco, it would be something else. Franco did have a lot of love for Zaiko Langa Langa (but he loved Pepe Kalle much more). If there is one Zaiko personnel who could handle Franco's voice would have been JP Buse. JP is a Zaiko type that would have fitted well with the older folks. I mean Bokelo, Franco and Tabu Ley crowd. 

I have a song that would have been perfect for Franco and JP Buse 

IDA 


This song would have fitted the voices of Franco and JP Buse. Why? Though I as mentioned, JP Buse sounds like Likinga but he can sing low effectively. JP's solo vocals would have been well done in the way Franco would have enjoyed it. Also JP's voice is much more softer and relaxed than the voice of Malage de Lugendo though it is a soft voice also. Also I know Franco's response would have something like "JP" or "JP Yemba" or "Tala JP". JP would hit Franco with his vocal singing in my humble opinion. It is a love song where it shows the dark side of it which JP is capable of singing in this style since he has a voice that can touch the hearts of women when they feel sad or they are heartbroken. 

Like Likinga Redo, JP Buse is effectively of emotional singing and he knew how to do the chorus bringing the emotional effect that sometimes a song demands. This is why he would have been a perfect fit for someone like Franco in my humble opinion. 

Franco and JP Buse would have been a great thing for Zaiko and OKJ fans alike. This concludes fully the dream duet editions of Franco. Now we go into Pepe Kalle dream duet special only. Two parts like Franco. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Dream Duet: Defao and Franco

 


Hello everyone. We have a Franco special duet edition only. We will have two people under this great edition of the biggest legend in Congolese Music. These men come from the Zaiko generation. I have found two people that I think would have given Franco a great time. First individual came from Grand Zaiko of Pepe Felly who was a big Franco fan. He also went to sing with Choc Stars for some significant time before shining on his own. He has a similar voice to Pepe Kalle who he would sing with at one point before he would leave and form his own band. 

I am speaking of General Defao. He is making new music and he is already promoting some new songs with some notable great individuals. Those who don't know, Defao was good with soukous songs as well as generiques. His generiques were on top during the late 1990s. 

Defao and Franco would have been a good duo because Defao sounds similar to Pepe Kalle. Since Franco sang with Madilu who many say sound similar to Pepe Kalle, Franco would have better chemistry with a singer like Defao. Though Defao is second voice, he can sing high to some degree and he was very effective during the 1980s when he was with the Choc Stars. But also Defao can sing low very effectively which he did with Carlyto and Debaba. Franco would find more musical flexibility not only song style but singing wise as well. Like if Franco wanted a fast paced song, Defao would perfect to help Franco in the singing of this affair. Also Defao would have benefited of singing with Franco in a slow ballad song. 

Two songs that would have benefited Defao and Franco. 

Slow song is Bella Bella's song by Tonton Ricos
MARCELUI 


Fast song is Choc Stars' song by Monza Premier 
EVE


Why those two songs in fact. Because it would have shown the good emotional musical connection between Defao and Franco since they knew how to reach people's hearts. Marcelui would be where Franco can sing high but his own way as well as Defao showing his lower range. On the song Eve, Franco and Defao would have had a better harmony as well as Franco improving the song Eve. Monza was good but Franco would have made this song a bit better. 

Defao and Franco would have been a entertaining duo in my opinion. This is the first part series of Franco in the dream duet edition. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dream Duet: Solo Sita and Tabu Ley

 


We got a dream duet edition of dedication of Tabu Ley Rochereau. We got two people that I think Tabu Ley should have sung with. This is the second edition. Who is the second act that should have sung with Tabu Ley. This man sang with soukous legends Kanda Bongo Man and Pepe Kalle. He was a major member of Empire Bakuba during the 1980s. Who is the individual that I am speaking about? 

I am speaking about Solo Sita. He was a major singer of Empire Bakuba. Empire Bakuba was under the hands of Pepe Kalle. When Pepe Kalle wanted to expand her band, he decided to add some younger singers. Among them was Solo Sita. Solo Sita would very good in choirs in harmonizing with Papy Tex. Solo Sita worked with Kanda Bongo Man. He did a collaboration album with Shimita as well. Solo Sita is kind of the combination of Madilu and Pepe Kalle.  

Since Solo Sita sounds like Pepe Kalle, he should have sung with Tabu Ley. Solo Sita would have fitted well Tabu Ley's music very well. Since Solo has a style that makes Tabu Ley's ears happy, any given song would have been well done for Tabu Ley's pleasure. 

I will give you four songs that Solo Sita and Tabu Ley would have been strong together. 


Simplicite by Solo Sita during his time in Empire Bakuba 

Monsieur Malonga by Tabu Ley during the early 1980s 

Original version of Ponce Pilate by Tabu Ley

Choisis by Solo Sita with his side project with Freddy de Majunga and Shimita. 

Chiffon by Pepe Kalle and Tabu Ley

Unforunately I cannot find any connection for the song Chiffon by Pepe Kalle and Tabu Ley. 

I choose these songs beacuse it would have shown the strong harmony between Solo Sita and Tabu Ley. Being a Pepe Kalle prototype, I think Solo Sita would have putted a more classical sound that Tabu Ley was himself. These two classic sounding singers in two different ranges make a sweet sound for people. For example, on the song Chiffon, you would have seen much better following from Solo Sita's voice than you had from Pepe Kalle's voice since he is a bit more smooth. Solo Sita is a bit aggressive just like Tabu Ley was. 

I know that soukous and Tabu Ley fans would have had great joy to see and hear these two men working together and making great harmonies as well as great animations. Solo Sita was a very effective animator as well as a singer. Tabu Ley could do some moves as an animator. 

This is the end of the Tabu Ley edition of the dream duet special. We return to Franco. Two Zaiko products with him.