|From Zambia: The legacy
of the late Emmanuel Mulemena, "THE MULEMENA
"LIZZY Pt.1 & 2 "
|This single is
made in Benin, by Les Editions CAMOU. Both tracks,
"KPA NGBOOM" and "DODJI"
have "Paroles et Musique de THON KOMIAN".
|The vinyl single "ZAMBIA
ZAIRE" by the "SUPERIOR
GUYS" and composed by "VEVE
KANIMBU" was released by the "Zambian Music
Parlour" in Lusaka with producer E.G. Khuzwayo and director Kapembwa (Cat.No.
ZMPS 153). The language is Lingala, so most likely the musicians are from
Congo, then Zaire.
|I would say it's from the '70's and although
it's pressed in Zambia it sounds like Swahili to me, so probably it's from
Kenya or Tanzania.
It's played by ORCH.
SAFARIS - NKOY; the A-side, a nice slow Soul
song, "TWIKALE PAKA NAWE"
and the B-side, the lively Dancing tune "SINA
NDUGU" have this fine organ sounds like you
could hear in the music of the Animals & Them in England in the '60's.
I don't know if this music is re-issued
on LP or CD, Maybe you do?
LEY with ORCHESTRE
AFRISA, 1980, "FOLOLO
ATA GANSIA", composed by Kièsse
Diambu. (Sélection Maracuja).
|From the beautiful TV
documentary "INDEPENDANCE CHA CHA"
by the Belgians Isabelle Christiaens and Jean-François Bastin comes
this remarkable version of Grand Kalle's most famous song "INDEPENDANCE
CHA CHA", performed by a Kinshasa brass band,
who are playing this song first in an open air Matonge disco and at the
end while driving around in the back of an open truck in the hectic traffic
of the Congolese capital.
In the film this song has been used as
the guideline for the story about Congo getting independent in 1960, at
the hand of a lot of interviews with young people, "Anciens Combattants"
(Old Soldiers, who were fighting with the Belgian army in W.W.II), historians
and former fellow musicians of Grand Master Kabasele.
SELECT - A - RECORD :
|MORO - MAURICE
with LES JUMEAUX in "NYOSO
PO NA YEE"
From vinyl single: VOGUE V.45 1773 (1970)
|LES YA TOUPA'S
with MAYAULA MAYONI & MPONGO LOVE in "NDAYA
From vinyl single: ASL 7 - 3355 S
|SOME OTHER DANCES:
Some dances not really invented by Congolese musicians, but
imported to Congo.
"MAMBO HAWAIENNE", played by DR.
NICO , a tune that sounds familiar by a young MANUDIBANGO,
"EKEDI" and a remarkable "TWIST WITH THE DOCTOR"
(but not with Dr. Nico this time) by RYCO JAZZ,
recorded in 1962.
|I have always liked the TRIO
MADJESI & ORCHESTRE SOSOLISO for their sense of humour and their
different approach to music, so that's why you find this clip here of CARTE
BLANCHE Pt. 2 and MOSEKA. The whistling
part in the first one always reminds me of French movies and the second
part is a song about the "Leopards" Football Team.
From LP: TRIO MADJESI , AFRICAN 360 055
I did not find these tracks on CD, but other tracks by TRIO MADJESI
are on this CD:
SONODISC CD 36537 Various Zaïrean Artists: Compilation Orchestres
Congolo-Zaïroise (1967 / 1968 / 1970 / 1974)
|As a tribute to DECHAUD,
the elder brother of Dr. Nico, here is "Afrika Mokili Mobimba" which in
fact should be named "AFRICAN JAZZ MOKILI MOBIMBA"
as I'm reading in the excellent magazine "THE BEAT".
Dechaud passed away as a poor man in September 1999, despite being the
composer of this song, that became very popular all over Africa, the copyrights
being snatched away by others, as so often happens in the hard world of
On this LP "AFRICA DANCES" the
performers are given as: KALE-ROGER and ROCHEREAU
with the OK JAZZ ORCHESTRA, but that seems very unlikely to me. I think
it should be the AFRICAN JAZZ Orchestre, as
OK Jazz being the rival orchestre of these singers.
From LP: AFRICA DANCES , AUTHENTIC 601
|For the only real "KIRI
- KIRI", here is the inventor, DR. NICO KASANDA,
my favourite Congolese Guitarist/Singer, here performing one of his most
beautiful songs: "KIRI KIRI MABINA YA SIKA".
The KIRI-KIRI is one of the hundreds
of new dances invented by Congolese artists over the years.
This song can be found on: ORIGINAL MUSIC OMCD 010
Dr Nico with Orchestre African Fiesta.
|A sweet song by FIDELE
ZIZI, Souvenir d'une épopée
This song can be now be found on CD: GLENN GM 324005 Mando Negro
Souvenir d'une épopée Vol. 4 (African Music Compilations)
Seen Online at: netbeat.com and towerrecords.com
|Again DR. NICO KASANDA,
with another "Kiri-Kiri" song: "TALAKA NA MISO".
This song can be found on: CD SonoDisc 36516
Nico et l'African Fiesta Sukisa: Merveilles du passé ; Eternel
Docteur Nico (1966/1967/1968)
|To celebrate the launching of this new site
KIRI - KIRI", which will be solely devoted to the sweet old music
of the CONGO, or ZAÏRE, here is a clip
of the song "MASSI" by ORCH.
T.P. - OK JAZZ, composed by YOULOU
|Here is the song that some people can't wait to hear: "LUKANI"
by ORCHESTRE VEVE from 1975,
composed by TUSEVO NEJOS.
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