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Remembering Franco Luambo Makiadi

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    Franco ‘orphans' struggle to keep his torch burning

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    By AMOS NGAIRA

    The story of Congolese music star Franco, whose 20th death anniversary is being marked from this weekend, is incomplete without the mention of his music orphans. Just as he loved composing songs, singing them and playing the lead guitar, Luambo Luanzo Makiadi, as he was later known, thanks to President Mobutu Sese Seko's cultural revolution, had equal passion for discovering and nurturing new talent.

    This was perhaps a means of expressing his personal appreciation for having acquired his skills at the feet of greats such as guitarists Paul Ebengo Dewayon (an elder brother of the late Johnny Bokelo Isenge) and Tino Baroza, and inspiration from Grand Kalle (Joseph Kabasele Tshamala).

    Most lovers of Latin beats will recall African Jazz, the early 1950s band that featured Rochereau (Tabu Ley) and the duo of Dechaud and "Docteur" Nico Kasanda, who is remembered for having promoted the Hawaian music. Throughout his more than three decades' pop music career, Franco led a huge band of more than 40 members - TP OK Jazz - with some talented singers coming in and leaving at one time or another. The group was divided into two parts such that, while one toured Europe the other stayed in Kinshasa under the leadership of his long-serving vice-president, Lutumba Simaro.

    As has been noted, occasionally there would be a few defections who would pursue solo recordings. Most of the surviving former TP OK Jazz members are either based in Brussels, Belgium, Franco's European headquarters, and France. When Review reached some of them by phone earlier this week, most expressed delight at being based in Belgium, arguing that it makes them feel more "at home as Franco's long-time foreign base".

    One of Franco's favourites, who produced some of TP OK's greatest songs, was Prince Youlou Mabiala. Franco loved his colossal influence in East and Central Africa. Franco had gone to the other side of the Congo River to the city of Brazzaville to recruit him. The mellow-voiced singer, who also became a good composer and later leader of Kamikaze Band for a number of years after Franco's death, kept the TP OK legacy alive, performing with the band's name in Kinshasa and occasionally in Brazzaville with some former band members.

    However, in the recent past, Mabiala who also lives in Brussels, has been inactive since he suffered a mild stroke more then two years ago. Some of his most memorable duets with Franco were Mado and, later, Motema na Ngai Television. Another of Franco's favourites still actively involved in music is Sam Mangwana, who was born and brought up in Kinshasa. He is remembered for having done the last album with Franco, Forever.

    His parents were Angolans who had fled the Portuguese colonial rule. The collective genius of Franco and talented Mangwana, who was in and out of the band since he joined it in 1972, was harnessed to result in a collaboration album, Co-operation, better known in Kenya as Odongo of the 1980s. The collection contained a number of hits and did remarkably well in sales in East Africa.

    Totally ‘Congolese'

    Incidentally, Mangwana became so totally "Congolese" that music fans in East Africa, were shocked many years after Franco's death to learn that he had returned to his home country, where he continued with his music for some time before returning to Kinshasa.

    As a romantic crooner with love for heartfelt ballads, Mangwana, mainly doing solo projects, earned himself the title, Le Pigeon Voyager, or the solo voyager. Franco fans will recall the first major hit song he recorded with TP OK, Mabele, a Simaro composition.

    Then there was Franco's deputy of many years, (poet) Simaro, also a great composer and immensely talented guitarist. After Franco died, there was the much documented fight for the control of TP OK Jazz between Simaro and his former master's family.

    He opted to form a new band, Bana OK, with his former TP OK colleagues, and they went on to make great music. Incidentally, on Monday, Simaro will be among artistes in the frontline in marking 20 years since Franco's death.

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    Malage Lugendo

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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNjQASc0SD8[/ame]
     
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    I can't believe it is already 20 years since Franco left this world. He will always be one of the giants of my time. Thanks Ab-Titchaz for the memory.
     
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    Jasusi,

    Karibu sana mkuu. Hii ni memory kubwa sana na mwenyewe nashangaa
    tayari its 20yrs since jamaa ameaga. The memory still lives on na tunakula
    lager weekendi tukisikiza TPOK oldies.
     
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    Karibu sana bro.
     
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    L-R; Ndombe Opetum, Simmaro Massiya & Josky Kiambukuta

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    MARIO

    Oh Mario
    Luka ata mwasi yo moko obala
    Mario mosala kolinga ba maman mobokoli
    Basuka yo te ?
    Lelo makambo lobi makambo nalembi
    Lelo bitumba lobi koswana nabaye
    Naboyi kobebisa nzoto na manzaka nalembi eh
    Mario nalembi e e
    Mario nabaye e e

    Oh Mario nasi napekisa yo
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    Yoka ndenge azali kokaba yo na mitema ya basi mpe mibali
    Sala quand même effeot oluka mosala Mario
    yo mutu ozali na ba diplômes mitano Mario
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    Mario ah nalembi
    Ba produits ngai napokaolaka nzoto ekoma sembe sembe
    Okobeteke ngai na zoka lobi na zwa maladie ya cancer
    Lobi tango na kopolo yo okimi ngai eh
    Mario nalembi eh
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    Akobeteke ngai na zwa epayi zuwa ya lokuta epayi
    Zuwa ya biloko akutaki ngai na yango
    Likambo mosusu mosala koboma biloko ya ndako na somba
    Nalembi eh Mario na baye yo
    Kende Mario nalembi yo oh
    Mario akuti ngai na biloko mobali mosusu asomba

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    Oyoka elengi te olia na mesa ?
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    Olingi kaka kobeta ngai na koboma biloko
    Mario si na salisa yo mingi
    Diplôme ya sima ngai na salisaki yo Mario
    Bongo leleo ngai nakomi mwasi mabe ?
    Mario likambo te
    Ah mokili eza kaka boye hum

    Mobali akuti ngai na bomemgo
    Asengi akomander ngai na ndimi
    Mobali akuti ngai na bomengo
    Asengi adiriger ngai na ndimi
    Nabandi kobima na ye babandi kobenga ye Monsieur
    Mario avimbi moto akanisi biloko na ngai ya ye ah!
    Ah Mario na baye yo o
    Kende Mario nalembi yo o

    Mario azongi epayi ya baboti
    Akuti mbeto na ye ya bomwana
    Ekomi tango ya kolala mbeto mokuse makolo milayi Mario
    Mario nalembi somba mbeto na baye e
    Koyokamotema pasi te ndako ngai moko nafutaka
    B 11amba nasombela yo natikeli yo souvenir ya bolingo
    Oyo ezali na lavage nakotindela yo na bato
    Mario nale mbi yo oh
    Kende na yo na baye yo oh

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    Mario mosala kobetela ngai bana bigogo
    Bana yango ya yo ?
    Olingi bobele ba mamans mobokoli

    Akobete ngai na zuwa epayi zuwa ya lokuta
    Epayizuwayabilokoakutakingainayango
    Likambo moke mosala koboma koboma biloko ya ndako na somba
    Nalembi eh Mario na baye yo
    Kende Mario nalembi yo o
    Bima bima nalembi yo

    Mario nale mbongoya likelemba mitu tuku misato
    Nasombi Mercedes 190 nayebisi Mario mokolo mosusu tobima
    Tokende kosala promenade
    Tokomi na nzela Mario alobi na ngai
    Y o zonga côté ngai ngai na zali .
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    Moto nasombeli yo yango
    Nayebisi Mario te
    Ngai kutu na za na posa na kumba eloko nasombi sika
    Bato nionso bamonaque ngai moto nasombi
    Toweli volantngai na Mario
    Mario atuteli ngai voiture na nzete

    Nzoto ezali nanu ya meme olingi obebisa ngai elongi
    Il paraît basi nionso ozwaka mosala kobebisa bango bilongi
    Epayi na ngai na stopper nalembi yo
    Mario papa na baye yo oh
    Kende na yo nalembi yo

    Mario alingaka babong isa mpos ya matama na pomade
    Oh ata ezali muindo eya motane
    Alingaka kobala basi ya âge na ye te
    Alingi bobele ba mamans mobokoli Mario
    Soki maman mobekoli abengani ye
    Akanga bobele biloko na liputa
    Ba brosses à dents, masini ya mandefu, kisanola

    Mobali akuti ngai na bomemgo
    Asengi akomander ngai na ndimi
    Mobali akuti ngai na bangenge
    Asengi adiriger ngai na ndimi
    Nabandi kobima na ye babandi kobenga ye Monsieur

    Mario avimbi moto akanisibiloko na ngai ya ye ah!
    Ah Mario na baye yo o
    Kende Mario nalembi yo o
    Bima na ndako na ngai na baye yo o

    Mario à travers yo napesa baleki mosusu toli
    Bakomi kolinga basi ya bato mpo na bambongo na bango
    Mobali asali mbongo, asali mbongo apesi mwasi
    yo okeyi kovandela ye mpo osilisa ye yango
    Ah Mario okuti ndako appartement kitoko
    Biloko yo moto osombi te yo olali
    Ovandi, téléphone, télévision
    Oh Mario kanisa mpe mobali oyo asombaki yango
    Amonaki mpasi likambo nini Mario ?
    Llkambo naloba kutu ezali te
    Ezali te, ezali te eza te Mario

    Koyokamotema pasi te ndako ngai moko nafutaka
    Bilamba nasombela yo natikeli yo souvenir ya bolingo
    Oyo ezali na lavage nakotindela yo na bato
    Mario nalembi yo oh
    Kendenayonabayeyooh

    Mario ba sapato ya western na ba sapato ya croco
    Kaka mwasi asombelaka yo ?
    Bilamba ya V alentino, complet ya cuir
    Na ba chemises ya soie
    Ba ceintures ya lézard
    Kaka mwasi asombelaka yo Mario ?
    Ba suki ekoma ya kolala milelu milelu
    Singasinganamoto
    Kaka mwasi moto afutaka coiffeuse wana ?

    Ba produits ngai napokaolaka
    Nzoto ekoma sembe sembe
    Okobeteke ngai na zoka lobi na zwa maladie ya cancer
    Lobi tango na kopolo yo okimi ngai eh
    Mario nalembi eh
    Kende papa nalembi yo oh

    Mario azongi epayi ya baboti
    Akuti matelas na ye ya bomwana
    Ekomi tango ya kolala matelas etoboka
    Ebimisa pasipolomi
    Na baye Mario, matelas mokosa nalembi eh
    Somba matelas na baye eh

    Lelo koswana lobi bitumba na baye
    Lelo makambo lobi makambo
    Naboyi kobebisa nzoto na manzaka nalembi eh
    Na baye yo, Mario nalembi e e
    Mema bilamba nalembi
    Kotika eloko te na baye

    Mario nawuti zando nakuti ye na ndako
    Mario asiliki, nakanisi bana mosala
    Balambi biloko malamu te
    Ngai moko nakoti na cuisine
    Nalambeli Mario, nati na mesa
    Mario aboyi kolia, asiliki
    Abemngi ngai pembeni
    Chérie oyebi tina nasiliki, nalibi te
    Ba complets ya lin oyo ebimi sikoyo
    Soki osombeli ngai te libaka ekokufa ya mbala oyo

    Mobali akuti ngai na bangenge
    Asengi adiriger ngai na ndimi
    Nabandi kobima na ye babandi kobenga ye Monsieur
    Mario avimbi moto akanisi biloko na ngai ya ye ah!
    Ah Mario na baye yo o
    Mobali mabe nalembi yo
    Obetaka ngai nalembi papa

    Ah Mario vraiment kende na yo kaka
    Na ba grand frères ya quartier
    Okoma kosalela bango zuwa
    Bato bamoni esika ngai nakoli Mario
    Ah Mario akomona tango bakosala versement ya mbongo
    Baye kotikela ngai Mario alongoli singlet
    Alingisikoyoasalacompteyambongo
    Zuwa etondi ye na mbanga na motoki
    Mais ouo ozali ko compter ya yo ?

    Akobete ngai na zuwa epayi zuwa ya lokuta
    Epayi zuwa ya biloko akutaki ngai na yango
    Likambomokemosalakobomakobomabilokoyandakonasomba
    Nalembi eh Mario na baye yo
    Lokoso eleki nalembi yo oh

    Ba familles ya Mario bakanisaka
    Mario apesaka ngai mosolo
    Mario en tout cas nalembimbalaoyo
    Soki oyoki lisusu natuni ba moziki na ngai
    Baya kobonfela yo kende libela
    D'ailleurs oza muana bato ngai mpe naza mwana bato point
     
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    I was fortunate enough to witness this Maestro in one of his performances when he toured Dar es salaam in the early 70's.He was truly original
     
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