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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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Youlou, Josky & Santa - Dona Beija (1992)

Here is another album featuring Youlou Mabiala, this time with another OK Jazz great who is still with us thanks to the grace of God, Josky Kiambukuta.

This album is like an early Christmas present for you all, because it also features Santa! Not the man with the white beard though, a lady with a sweet voice called Santa.

The album was released 20 years ago in 1992, it has not dated well because of the synthesizers and drum machines but if you can listen beyond these sounds there are some beautiful songs beautifully sung. 'Mamile' is a highlight. 

01 Point final 
02 Dona Beija 
03 Mois de Novembre
04 Amidou Dada

05 Babin
06 Mamilé

Youlou Mabiala - Carte Postale (1983)

One of the great still living members of Ok Jazz is Franco's son-in-law 'Prince' Youlou Mabiala.

He was one of Kasongo's favourite artists. After listening to his albums in Kasongo's collection he is becoming one of mine.

This album Carte Postale features his group Kamikaze Loningisa, one of the few bands who I think can rival OK Jazz in terms of the sound they could create.

This album is simply wonderful.

It was posted on Globalgroovers before but their old links have been taken down.

So here it is for anyone who has not got it. This is ripped from a CD not the original vinyl, so there are no vinyl pops, scratches or hisses. I like the CD cover which is quite different to the original vinyl cover which I placed below it!

01. Intro
02. Carte Postale
03. Mamou
04. Emoa-Nkana
05. Gare À Toi
06. Carte Postale Play Back

With Peace and Love to you all - Isaac

Friday, November 23, 2012

Continuing the Legacy with Somo

Dearest Friends,

This is Isaac, brother of the late Kasongo Musanga who started this blog.

It has taken me a long time to recover from my brother's tragic death but now I feel it is time to continue his work. I want to thank you all for your kind words of support, it meant a lot to me to know Kasongo's work was appreciated by so many.

Since he died I have spent a lot of time going through the record collection he inherited from our father and the material he owned. There are too many riches to keep them hidden.

I will not have time to be so prolific as Kasongo was with uploading material here, but I will upload when I have time.

Today I upload a symbolic TPOK Jazz album 'Somo', this album was made after Franco left his mortal body, but his spirit remains in the album and so it is moving for me to post it as a dedication to the memory of my brother and father whose spirits will remain here forever.

I think this is the best post-Franco album of TPOK Jazz. So many greats on this record. Josky, Malage, Dizzy Madjeku and of course Simaro included.

The song Tumba Masikini is one of the final examples of TPOK Jazz at their majestic best.

1. Pablo tumbajika
2. Mokili mbanga
3. Charlie
4. Tumba masikini
5. Zena mama na lolita
6. Na kisoko