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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mamie Zou (1987)

'Le Grand Maitre Franco Avec Ntesa Dalienst et le T.P.O.K. Jazz' (ASM 002)

Here is an album from 1987 which features one of our favourite singers and composers Ntesa Dalienst. Ntesa sadly died in 1996 from a brain tumour. He composed some wonderful songs including 'Bina Na Ngai Na Respect'. His songs on this album are also wonderful.

This is one of those albums that was never issued on CD, three of the tracks were issued on separate CD's and track 2 'Batandeli Ngai Mitambo' has never been released on CD, mp3 or another format than this LP. This is a scandal because it is perhaps the best track on the LP with wonderful guitar interplay. We think this is one of the greatest songs created in the last years of Franco's life. The guitar work on all the tracks is superb.

There are a few skips on the track 'Mamie Zou' which couldn't be helped. A version without skips is on youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIDwcyv6rtw

Side 1

MAMIE ZOU (NTESA)
BATANDELI NGAI MITAMBO (NTESA)

Side 2

DODO (NTESA)

NA LOBI NA NGAI RIEN (NTESA)

http://www.4shared.com/file/224162190/726c9408/Mamie_Zou.html

2 comments:

  1. Yes Ntesa is my favorite of the TPOK composers and singers as well! Thanks for posting. Looking forward to the continuation of your project!
    Speaking of Ntesa, do you know what album the song "Tantine" was originally released on? I have only found it on various weird compilations but it is one of my favorites.

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  2. Sure! Ntesa was the greatest of the TPOK Jazz vocalists and when he did Bureau des cour, all proofed that he was graet.

    I'm Ochieng Barasa, a Kenyan who reveres Franco on equal status with his maker.Ngai suki pembe na TPOK Jazz (bbarasa1966@yahoo.com)

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