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We are here to restore the recorded legacy of Franco Luambo Makiadi and TPOK Jazz, the greatest band to ever exist.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Franco Presente Youlou Mabiala et son Orchestre Kamikaze (1982)

Ok, so this release is not a TPOK Jazz recording, but it has Franco's name on the cover, it is on his Edipop label and it features his son-in-law and TPOK Jazz member Prince Youlou Mabiala. It's also a fantastic and rare record, so these are reason's enough to post it here.

It was released in 1982 and feautres five tracks, three of which are Youlou compositions. It sounds like it could be TPOK Jazz on the record, the band is so good. We don't know who the band members are.

Franco Presente Youlou Mabiala et son Orchestre Kamikaze - Loningisa Bolongwa Na Nzela Edipop 019.

Side A

U.C.B (Youlou)

Motema Na Ngai Television (Youlou)

Gentil Ya Mbebo (Nlemvo Djomoke)

Side B

Sentiment Ekoti Nzube (Bola-Bolithe)

Ndoyi Ya Ba Soucis (Youlou)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lela Ngai Na Mosika (1985)

This is a 12 inch single from 1985. It is credited to Momy et le Tout Puissant O.K.Jazz, presumably because Momy (Momene Mo Mikengo) composed the tracks.

There are just two tracks. One on each side.

The first track 'Lela Ngai Na Mosika' appears to be a re-recording of a hit from Josky and Ntesa Dalienst's album 'Alerte'.

The second track is called 'Likingo Li Mboka'.

The single was released via the African Record Center/Safari Music inprint with a catalogue of Tchika 010/85.

We don't know if Franco is on this rare record, but it is very good nonetheless. There's a great sebene in Lela Ngai Na Mosika. Vocals on both tracks are provided by Josky, Ntesa, Madilu and Kiwakana.

Side A

Lela Ngai Na Mosika (Momy)

Side B

Likingo Li Mboka (Momy)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two 45's from the 1970's

We have been busy collecting some great rarities to post on the blog. Some of these were acquired with the help of some generous doners. May we thank you sincerely for helping to make these recordings available to everyone. Your continued support is appreciated.

Our first two posts of our new acquisitions are two 45's from the 1970's.

The first is 'Boni Nkaka' a Youlou Mabiala composition from 1977 released as a stand alone single labelled Edition Populaires 061 (African 91.595). The song was previously released on the now deleted Sonodisc CD 36571 which we never got a copy of. This is the original vinyl release in two parts.

The second track is 'Zenaba' a compositon by Franco from 1973 released as Edition Populaires 146. This seems to be two different versions of the same song rather than one long song split over two sides. There is slight warping on our copy of this single which causes the start of part 2 to sound a bit strange. A live version of this song was released on CD by Sonodisc CDS 6952. Both studio versions seem to have only been released on vinyl so this is a rarity and a real classic too.