Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Tshala Muana for the emergence of the female talents

The singer Tshala Muana has just chosen to support the emergence of the female talents; after having successfully completed 30 years of musical career. For this, She did not wait a long time.

“Mamu National” decided to propel the young singer “Meje 30” who has just realized under the framing of the “Queen of Mutuashi”, a single tittled “Delestage”. The work which was not launched yet on the market is extremely appreciated by the music lovers. For Tshala Muana, the clip of “Delestage” of “Meje 30” was a first attempt. “Today “Meje 30” is well accepted. It has surprised us and has surprised also everyone. The chance smiled to her”, released Tshala Muana at the time of the official presentation of the young singer. This presentation was done during the TV Show Karibu Variétés of the RTNC, last Sunday. In addition, the “Mamu National” acknowledges that the young lady hardly 22 years is free. Only, that, “Meje 30” came to her to be helped. This is why Tshala Muana has judged useful to support the young singer, because the latter wants to do a solo career. “She is a good singer with a bright future, she has all the assets, She sings and dances well. My thanks to Claude Mashala who accepted to produce her”, underlines Tshala Muana.

She did not hesitate to give the significance of the number 30 which is the nickname of the young singer Meje. For Tshala Muana, as she made 30 years of successful musical career, she blesses also her young sister whom she wants to do the same or exceed.

Having belonged to the Wassa group with Cindi “Le coeur”, “Meje 30” dreams to be a big singer. For those who appreciate the album without name of Kofi, must know that “Meje 30” also took part in this album. From now on, she chose to work with the Queen of Mutuashi. “Tshala Muana has many experiences” justifies the young singer. “Meje 30” acknowledges that she did not think one day she will meet with the owner of the group Dynastie Mutuashi. “I did not think aone day I will meet her. It is God who wanted this, exclaims the young singer. From now on, the DRC will be able to count on this female talent who is impressing the music lovers with her good music and her talents. Tshala Muana was not wrong to agree to work with “Meje 30”.

Fally Ipupa continues the recording of his new album in Paris

Fally Ipupa is determined to repeat the exploits and success of his previous album “Droit Chemain”, the first floret artistic of his solo musical career. Thus he is busy, steadily, preparing a disc of high quality both in the field of the set of themes and on the artistic field. News from Paris suggest that work on this new album are extremely advanced.

Announced for next November, the release of the album “Arsenal of beautiful melodies” is pushed back to 2009. Because Fally lpupa has to utilise other session musicians based in Paris to replace his musicians who could not get a visa to join him for recordings in Paris.

Nevertheless the artist being gifted, is doubling efforts for a total success.

Already, He is shooting videos which will help promote "Arsenal de belles melody".

All this, thanks to the magic hands of the producer David Monsoh, the one who assumed the integral production of “Droit Chemain” and which propelled Fally to the front of the international scene. It is necessary to believe in this complicity between Fally lpupa and this producer - what will be confined a work of high invoice, following the example of their first artistic realisation. However, of what one knows, “Di Caprio” iadded ten rumba songs among which “Cadenat”. One will remember that this tube will have allured the tender hearts in Kinshasa, just like in Paris and other cities of the world. According to a close relation of the artist, the opus in gestation will come, as of its setting on sale, conquer all works on the market. This, because of the set of themes which constitutes the monotonous chants that composed Fally Ipupa. In spite of this savage conviction which animates the entourage of the young Congolese star, the music lovers wait to enjoy this second album of Fally Ipupa, which will determine the continuation of his musical career.

Ilo Pablo the famous Zaiko Langa Langa Drummer in a critical health condition

Struck of a paralysis, the artist needs the suitable care for his survival. The health of the artist musician llo Pablo, of his true name Bakunde, is precarious. After having made a relapse notes ONG “Artists in danger”, Ilo is hospitalized in this moment in a private clinic located in the commune of Limete. Struck of a paralysis, the artist needs the suitable care for his survival. Thus ONG quoted above requires the evacuation of the patient as quickly as possible abroad. For recall, the Minister for the Culture and Arts , Esdras Kambale had lately paid a visit to the artist, question of comforting him. For the time being, association “Artists in danger” launches a S.O.S to any person of good will to come to assistance of Ilo Pablo.

Blanchard de Plaizir 's Interview on Africa News Italy!

The UK based Congolese super star Blanchard de Plaizir has just returned from a promo tour in Tanzania- East Africa. Here our editor Stephen Ogongo catches up with him on all his trip in the the country of Bongo flava.... enjoy!!!

Stephen Ogongo: Deplaizir, you have just returned from your first trip in East Africa precisely in Tanzania please tell our reader how your trip to Tanzania was.

Deplaizir: My trip was 100% fine in Tanzania, I really enjoyed the country and the people are fantastic and responded to me and my music very well. Its always been my dream to reach out to East Africa starting from Tanzania. The way things happened gives me more confidence to carry on and planning trips to other East African Countries such as Kenya and Uganda. My mission in Tanzania was to promote my music and Thanks to my Manager Sophia Kessy, the promotion went very well. I had interviews with Local Radio stations, Televisions, with the newspapers and other media. within the first few days, the whole country knew about me and my music, people start calling my Manager requesting live shows, as a result, we had to organise one quick to satisfy the fans. The show happened on Sunday 5th October in Musasani Beach club Dar Es Salaam and I was supported by Akudo Impact, a Local band based in Dar Es Salaam. The place was packed like an egg there were more than 2000 people and the atmosphere was great, Tanzanians really know how to enjoy their music, and that show will remain in my memory as one of my best shows in terms of audience involvement.
I also had an opportunity to meet some Tanzania artists and a female Vocalist From Mombasa, I was really humbled by their down to earth nature and willingness to help and work together with other artists. I took that opportunity to record 3 new tracks with 3 of the cream of Tanzanian music at the moment, Lady Jaydee, Banana Zoro and Tarsis Massela. All in all, everything went very well exceeding my expection and I really miss the Dar Es Salaam and its people, the weather and atmosphere.

Stephen Ogongo: What are the names of the three songs you recorded in Tanzania?

Deplaizir: The tittles are: Kende Kaka ( Just Go!) featuring Lady Jaydee its a rumba song with a strong salsa flair and is sang in both swahili and lingala. The second song is called Swali ( Question) Featuring Banana Zoro and Tarsis Massela, its a new age Rumba sang mainly in swahili with 2 lingala solo vocals only. The 3rd song is called Game Over. That is Techno Soukouss as I like to describe my music style, some people call it Sebene, Ndombolo ect... Its a Dance song right from the first second to the last. In this song I worked with 2 Atalaku ( annimators) Canal Top from Akudo Impact and G. Seven From FM Academia both bands based in Tanzania and The Solo guitarist is called Pitshou Mechant (Umbwa Mkali) also from Akudo Impact.

Stephen Ogongo: Could you please give us a brief description of what each song is about?

Deplaizir: Kende Kaka talks about the aftermonth of a broken relationship. One of the ex partners goes on bitching and saying bad things about the other partner and when family and friends ask her/him as to why the reletionship ended, she/he always blames the other partner and goes even far insulting ect... whereas she/he is the reason behind the break up. The song is the response of the other partner to her/his bad mouthed or ungrateful ex. in the song, She/he does not insult back but lets her/him know that she/he is aware of all that she/he has been saying and pleading to her/him to stop it because its not good as it brings shame to them both, in the end, she/he tells the ex to just go and peace and wishes her/he well in the future. The moral story to this song is that, people should always appreciate their past relationships no mater how nasty it ends there is no point i satying ennemies instead you people should wish each other well after a breakdown and be civil with each other and respect each other. So ofetn people forget the good memories of a past relationship and concentrate on the bad side of hings only.

Swali is a swahili word meaning Question. Basically a man is crying over a lost love. He is asking himself a lot questions as to why he lost his soul mate, the only woman he has ever loved, and he is pleading to God to bring her back to him.

Game over means what the word says, you know when a game is over, there could only be one winner and one loser or a draw.. But in the case of this song, a draw is not permitted. The winner here is anybody whith a winning mentality anybody who does not give up even when facing difficulty in life. And to others who have made mistakes or have never taken their lives seriously in the past, Game over is to inspire them to be more determined and aim for success in their lives and to stop playing games. This is a dance song and features a new dance that I created in Tanzania. the dance is called "Bembeleza baby" baby wana mubembeleza na maziwa, usi mupe ugari.....

Stephen Ogongo: How was your experience in working with Tanzanian super stars Lady Jaydee, Banana Zoro and Tarsis Massela

Deplaizir: I really enjoyed working with them and I admire their professionalism, creative attitudes and willingness to help. This is what Africa is all about.. the spirit of Ubuntu as always said Nelson Mandela. You know, If all African artists unite, this will set up a good exemple to our people and leaders to unite instead of conflicts, wars, injustice and corruption. Music is the ONE thing that really unite people regardless of our differences and yet, african artists are neglected by our own selfish and corrupt governments. Its about time that us as African artists unite under one big African Musicians Union organisation and see how we can help our people because I believe we have the power to influence our people more than greedy, corrupt and selfish politicians. This unity can only be achieved if all of as artists have the same mental attitudes and humility as I find in Tanzanian artists that I have recorded with.

Stephen Ogongo: How did the idea of working on this project together come about?

Deplaizir: When I realised how much Tanzanians appreciate my music, I quickly wanted to do some songs in swahili so that they can get my messages. I suggested the idea to Sophia Kessy and Gadner Habash who are my management team and they agreed not only for the fan and for my promotion aswell as they believe this will establish my name strongly in swahili speaking countries. I was more motivated to carry on with the project because of the willingness of the artists I worked with to help and unite. We needed to show positive image to our people by uniting and working together.

Stephen Ogongo: What is the name of the LP or will the songs be released as singles?

Deplaizir: The tittle of the LP is Game Over and will be released as a 3 tracks maxi single with videos.

Stephen Ogongo: When should we expect the LP?

Deplaizir: The promotion for the LP will beggin at the end of this month with radio stations in Tanzania airing the songs and should everything go according to plans, the LP will be available to the public by the end of the year before the year end's festive season. I take this opportunity to invite any radiostations around the world to contact us on to request a free promo copy for their stations.

Stephen Ogongo: How different is the new LP from the previous ones?

Deplaizir: The main difference is the language, there is 70% swahili lyrics and also this time I have benefited from a massive vocal contribution from the Tanzanian super stars Lady Jaydee a very talented singer who has won the Kora Music awards 3 times, Tarsis Massela a very good vocalist from DR Congo who resides in Tanzania and Banana Zoro who came to the studio with his father and mentor Zahir Zoro during recordings. I would like to inform the public that Banana Zoro comes from a musical family all his siblings and father are musicians and they all have their own band. Zahir Zoro was so impressed with my work that he is preparing a track that I will feature in when I return to Dar Es Salaam later this year to start working on the videos. The african sun and wormth also added an extra level of energy to the music. I am sure the public and critics will notice a huge improvement from the last LP Plaisir Ya Trop, which is still doing very well in clubs, radio stations and African music market.

For all infos about this young talented artist, please visit his official website and if you want to chat with him direct, visit is blog on alternatively send emails to

Stephen Ogongo

Editor, Africa News -ETNO Media Italy

Tshala Mwana "Mamu National"'s Band Dynasty Mutwashi is doing very well.

After the release of the album “Enkore and toujours” translated as Again and Always!, this musical formation undertook a series of productions inside the country. It, indeed, went in Mbuji Mayi in Kasaï Oriental and Lubumbashi in Katanga. Everywhere where the queen of Mutwashi and her band appeared, they succeeded in achieving big success and unanimity around their names. That, thanks to the determination of this dancer who always knew to reconcile the useful one for the pleasant one. At present the band “ Dynasty Mutwashi” is in Kinshasa where it continues with its rehearsal sessions while waiting for the trip that Tshala Mwana will carry out in the very next days in Europe.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Felix Wazekwa prepares a 3 titles Maxi single for the end of the year

At once returned from Europe, Felix Wazekwa immediately went back to work with his Cultur' A Pays Vie Band for the preparation of a maxi-single of three titles “La chevre de Mr Séguin” translated as "The Goat of Mr Seguin"whose recording begun last Monday October 13 at studio ICA.
In addition to the tittle éponyme, the single also comprises the songs “Alex Mfumu Nsi, National anthem” and “Mupasa Baby”. A manner for this singer to reinforcing his influence on the Congolese music scene while leaving an intended product to animate the festivals of end of the year.
Felix Wazekwa is optimistic based on the success of his last album “Que demande le peuple”: “The animations contained in this piece carry an educational message impresses patriotism, at the same time as it makes you dance”. “The Goat's milk cheese of Mr. Séguin” is very rich in “verbs” (parabolas imagined and popularized by Wazekwa through his songs) and should also mark the spirits. “I took as a starting point this tale of Alphonse Daudet in whom Blanquette, the small goat of Mr. Seguin, attracted by grass of the mountain which seems to him more appétissante that of enclosed sound, escapes from this one to finish in the mouth of the wolf”.

In addition, Wazekwa and his musicians are always awaited in Paris for a concert in Zenith. No date however was to date advanced because of the lack of passport for certain musicians, mainly of new recruits

Kofi Olomide admits: “When one proposes money for a libanga to me (a dedication), I take”

In a radio debate which often remained in the periphery for lack of relevant questions of the listeners, “the Beautiful Time” of César Ngadi of last Saturday October 11 on Radio Mangembo will have at least made it possible to the music lovers to be fixed on the question of the dedications (mabanga) by Kofi Olomide. For the star Congolese, the litany of names which invade the Congolese song in the form of dedications is an important source of revenue complementary for the musicians.
The singer assumed it with a sincerity not-pretence while adding that he also makes free dedications for certain friends, including some already deceased as in his last album.

In promotion for her album at “Céza-Céza”, Kofi Olomide marked of her print a very interactive emission flooded by waves of questions which strongly reduced those, prepared, of the organizer. The interventions of the listeners, indeed, made it possible to the singer to thread the costume of misunderstood and of badly-liked that it arises each time for the needs for marketing. Thus when a listener challenges it of the United States on her clips with hardly equipped dancers, the owner of the Latin Quarter asserts “his” universality and is astonished that the same lawsuit with Madonna is not made when it adopts suggestive attitudes on images diffused on Western TVS: “I do not make the music for the Congoleses, moreover I do not even want that one catalogues me as Congolese artist, I am a singer and that is all! If these behaviours shock you, it is not me which manufactures them and they are on sale free”.

But just afterwards, when another listener challenges him on these mabanga which pollutes his songs, Kofi asserts the cultural exception by evoking our particularisms which should be safeguarded: “When our moms dance, one sees people coming to give them banknotes into the bras! Similar for the musicians at the time of taken care or tribal festivals”. The singer evokes also another argument, food that one: “When you look at the small pocket of an album of Michael Jackson behind, you will find an advertizing of Pepsi. As for us, we do not have a sponsor and the mabanga enable us to garner complementary receipts. When one proposes 5.000 euros for a dedication to me, you want me to refuse? Not, I take them”. And to say that the Skol beer thought naively that it was the sponsor of Kofi and her orchestra Latin Quarter…

Olomide in perpetual contradiction
Alas, it was not the only time that the singer retracted. When a listener of Finland challenged it on his social and economic investment in comparison with Youssou Ndour, Kofi refuted the comparison while supporting that the Senegalese singer “has his entries in particular near the European media which do not express the same interest” for him. Later, when I dare one second question in French, Kofi requires that it be posed in lingala because he is “Congolese singer, proud of its language, wants to address itself only to its compatriots and card-indexes itself some that the foreigners follow the emission and do not include/understand its remarks”. Curious, because earlier, he asked that one not regard it as a Congolese singer, but as very short singer making music for all nationalities.

Besides, Kofi Olomide was cordial, accessible, facetious, pleasing and unfortunately very off-hand with the wire of the emission. Hat low also with César Ngadi which made crowned progress in the presentation even if, with OJ Tshimbalanga however methodical, they were one moment overflowed by the surge of the phone calls which arrived at the same time on the fixed telephone of the studio, a cellphone and by Internet on Skype.

Winnipeg gets ready for the first concert of JB Mpiana

50 Canadian dollars, it is the sum which it will be necessary to spend to attend the concert of JB Mpiana and Wenge Musica BCBG in the room Aborigène (2.000 places) of Winnipeg for Canada.
A first in the capital of Louis Riel prepared thoroughly by organizers among whom the Congolese Rosalie Topangu of the African shop Afritoba.
Rosalie Topangu, owner of Afritoba, connected well in the cultural world and of the mode, consciously took a risk trusting her intuition as for the success of this production. For this promotrice, the town of Winnipeg is known enough for its festival of summer “the Folklorama”, largest in North America, which would create a context favorable to this concert. Also, according to a fast survey in the district Saint-Boniface (the Latin Quarter), it appears that music lovers are interested by the African music but deplore the multiplication of the cries of animation of the atalaku, the enumeration of the names with repetitions… They then promise to answer present this October 18 to enjoy the good music and the choreography of the dancers and dancers of the orchestra. One feels indeed a mini-passion which overflows the circle of the French-speaking music lovers, bus of the Sudaneses, the Natives of Niger, the Ghanaians… dance with wonder the dance “Lopele” of the orchestra Wenge Musica BCBG.
Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba being at 45 minutes of road of the State of Minnesota in the United States, the organizers received requests for reservation of the compatriots of this State.
JB Mpiana with the dimension
When you ask the African immigrants spontaneously to quote the names of the African musicians whom they know, the students Malians, Senegalese, Rwandan, Congolese, Burundian, Cameronian, of the Ivory Coast, Chadian, bast and other Sudaneses enumerate: Youssou Ndour, Awilo Longomba, JB Mpiana, Nyoka Longo, Kofi Olomide and Papa Wemba. This index of notoriety does not seem of course, for certain quoted singers, with their performances of moment.

To note, in addition, that it is a fashion show will of course mark the beginning of the evening with African behaviours (men and women) signed Boutique Afritoba. And to give an image righter of the African continent, exposure-photo will be also presented. Side promotion, it will be necessary to underline the remarkable work shot down by the business manager, Willy Mbunga Kadima “Sovereign” for the close friends, for this first. For the concert of JB Mpiana, it in particular knew to sensitize the music lovers through his Tam-tam emission of Africa which it animates on radio operator Take-off 91 FM.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Werrason threat to break with his sponsor

He said last Tuesday during his weekly meeting with the press, during the rehearsal session. Noel Ngiama Werrason criticised the behavior of complacent marketing department of his sponsor that often leave him in a state of anger. While he respects his contract with the sponsor, he sees the opposite on the part of the sponsor. No attention is paid to everything he does on behalf of the sponsor. Lack promotion activities in the media, no visible assistance for several months. As an illustration, he cited the case of the generator promised by the sponsor for two years, but never to this day has been delivered. "If I am still in perfect love with my sponsor, is out of respect for the Director General of this company, if it was only for the marketing department, I would have been gone," he said ..


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