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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)


  1. Kasongo:

    Very many thanks for this and the previous postings of TPOK singles. Gotta say that I have a growing respect for Youlou & Kamikaze.

  2. Hi, nice ok Jazz music...nice to learn that Youlou was an in-law to Franco...Im aware that Franco referred to Youlou as "the prince". Kindly shed more light on this relationship.
    Best Regards

  3. Thank you for sharing. Apurva from Pune, India.

  4. You're doing a great job sharing all these Franco records but an MP3 at CBR 160? C'mon! That spoils the whole effort! What a pitty!

  5. To the Anonymous person. You are the first person to complain about the MP3 quality. If you are not happy we apologise and suggest you might be better to go to all the trouble we do to search for these rare vinyls.

    We post them at this quality because we do not have a very good internet connection so it would take too long to upload higher quality. It takes us a lot of effort to keep this going and we are doing it for nothing but the love of the music of TPOK Jazz. We do not make any money from this site. Any donations have gone into purchasing the records you see posted here and we do not have advertisements on the site. Most people who use this site are just happy to have the chance to hear all this great music.

    If you do not like the quality then perhaps you should create your own site......

  6. John, Youlou was Franco's son-in-law, he married one of Franco's daughters and that is why he was called The Prince and allowed to use the TPOK Jazz name after Franco's death.

  7. Hi Kasongo,

    Doing a great job here. Have heard a number of Youlou LPs before but have to say this is easily the best, thanks so much for posting it. Adding Francos guitar tends to make any LP special.


  8. I loved your blog with the great music of Franco & TP OK Jazz. Too bad you are not updating anymore. Please tell us if your blog is out of service or not.

  9. l have taken the liberty of 'borrowing' the above album cover for use as a thumbnail on upload of the album to YT.Needless to say have uploaded copy of my own music. Hope this doesn't cause anyone too much distress. Merci en avance. R.I.P.

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