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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