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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.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mayi Tokomelaka (1987) (Edipop 1012)

Here is a real rarity we found in our father's collection. It is controversial because Franco was found guilty in court of copying the song, without credit, from a composer called Bidika Nowele, who called the song 'Mayi ya Regideso.' Those of you who speak French can read the full details of the court case here.

On the record we have Nowele is credited as the composer, but the court case states the first release of the record credited Franco as the composer!

So here is the track. Unfortunately there are a lot of skips on it, we could not fix this. Still this is a great rare find for serious OK Jazz collectors. If anyone has a better version please send it to us and we will post it instead.

We have combined the A and B sides of this single into one mp3.
There is no cover for the single unfortunately. You can download it here.


Here is another version of this track uploaded by a visitor to this site Peter, thank you for your contribution.

Peter also provided us with this photo of the label


  1. Could you please share the labels; it'salways very interesting, often more interesting than covers.
    Have you seen my last Franco post? (

  2. Here is a better version but in two parts:
    Do you also need a pic of the label?

    1. Hi Peter. your version of "Mayi Tokomelaka" is sadly not available at 4share anymore. Can you please upload it again?

  3. Thank you Peter. It would be great to get a picture of the label. We do not have the means to produce good pictures of labels, so it would be very helpful. You can email me and then I will post the labels.

  4. Dial Africa, we hope to post the label soon, thanks to Peter.

    Thank you also for directing our attention to your post. We already posted 'Loboko'as part of Vraiment En Colere, we have now added a link to your post to this post.

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