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'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:11 am
by Alan
This doesn't happen to me everyday...

Sunny afternoon in London today and I was at a community festival at Evelyn Court in Hackney. A car pulled up windows down and I caught a short burst of heavenly sounds.

I said hi to the guy as he got out his car and asked what were you listening to?

Ah, he replied, Congolese music.

Yes, but who was it?

What do you know about Congolese music he said, not in a hostile way but in a 'you’re not being serious with me’ sort of way.

So I told him that Franco was just about my favourite musician ever and I love Sam Mangwana and Rochereau and admittedly did go on a bit.

The guy shook his head, went back to his car, got out the CD and handed it to me along with his mobile number and said give me a call when you’ve finished with it.

The album was CD 6854 Le Grand Maître Franco et le Tout Puissant O.K. Jazz: Franco • Simaro • Sam Mangwana et le Tout Puissant O.K. Jazz - 1982 / 1985

beautiful stuff

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http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info/CDS6854

01 Faute ya commercant [1982-85] (Simaro) [8:05] Franco, Simaro, Sam Mangwana & T.P. OK Jazz
02 Zala sportif [1982-85] (Sam Mangwana) [9:24] Franco, Simaro, Sam Mangwana & T.P. OK Jazz
03 Nostalgie [1982-85] (Josky) [10:04] Franco, Simaro, Sam Mangwana & T.P. OK Jazz
04 Princesse Kikou [1982-85] (Franco) [14:15] Franco, Simaro, Sam Mangwana & T.P. OK Jazz
05 Namiswi Misapi [Borreau de cur] [1982-85] (Bonyemi Denis) [10:11] Franco, Simaro, Sam Mangwana & T.P. OK Jazz
06 Aimer sans amour? [I komo jojo][1982-85] (x) [10:57] Franco, Simaro, SamMangwana & T.P. OK Jazz

Re: 'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:30 am
by NormanD
I once had a similar experience with an Algerian delivery man. He collected his cassette the following week.

Do you listen to this programme, Alan, each week on Resonace fm? http://www.aozj17.dsl.pipex.com/

Re: 'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:46 am
by Adam Blake
Franco was the Don. Duke Ellington, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix combined of Congolese music. Such a shame the corrupt government co-opted him but then again, he was more powerful than they were.

Re: 'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:51 am
by Kari Salonen
A bit further away from home turf but not that long ago, I heard a lovely old Indian film song in a taxi while driving down some Mumbai street. I remarked that I loved the music.
"Do you know who this is?" asked the driver.
"Lataji?", I replied.
"Of course", said the driver.

From then on we even made a bit of conversation, not at all usual in Mumbai taxis. But i'm still happy he didn't ask the song title or the film.

Re: 'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:52 pm
by Kari Salonen
And in a desperate attempt at avoiding to come out as a thread killer I haste to add that I have never been able to keep in mind the various singers in Franco's ever-expanding band - let alone identifying them like so many real Franco fans seem to do so fluently.

I've just been lucky not to have been put to test...

Re: 'Congolese music'

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Hah! I know jack about the singers in Franco's bands. It's that guitar playing that does me in. Most of the time I am waiting for the singers to shut up so I can listen to the guitar. (Plus ca change...)