Posts Tagged ‘Lingala’

Madilu System – Ako

I am probably the worst or the least expected to post this song here simply because I am sort of a late boomer when it comes to Lingala music. But funny enough I grew up to parents who adored lingala and probably attended all concerts that took place in Nairobi. One person I know my Dad was into was this cat called Madilu System. Madilu was part of that whole TP-OK Jazz movement with akina Franco Luambo Makiadi. And although both these legends are gone today (with Madilu passing away sometime in 2007) I feel as though a lot of these music and genre will transcend generations to come.

I personally call these tunes African Blues (Blues is such a Kenyan term for R&B or old school Motown slow grooving tunes)… but hey it is what it is.. enjoy this rare grooves on a chilly Tuesday. Although I hear in Nairobi the SUN brought out its relatives this week… Enjoy the sun to this AKO track

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Fally Ipupa. Mabele

Fally , is one of the new crop of  ‘Rumba Congolaise’ artistes along with Ferre Gola who are attempting to snatch the mantle from the established artistes like Koffi Olomide, JB Mpiana, and Werrason. The thing about Congolese music is that it functions like a school. Take Fally for instance, Fally was a member of Koffi’s Quartier Latin, Koffi before him was a member of Papa Wemba’s Viva la Musica. Papa Wemba himself was a member of Zaiko Langa Langa so there is definitely some kind of artistic education system.

Fally Ipupa

As for Fally, he definitely has a HipHop swagger but manages to remain rooted in Congolese rumba. the track Mabele is a modern throwback.


Following is the video: