October 12, 2008

The last track

One of the last tracks which Franco himself released was "Lukoki". He recorded other tracks which were released after his death, but I make the distinction between those tracks and "Lukoki" on "Franco joue avec Sam Mangwana" (REM 850), because le Grand Maître didn't have the final say in the production. And this can be heard in the result....

"Lukoki" was recorded in Brussels in the week before Christmas with only a few musicians of the TP OK Jazz: Dizzy Mandjeku (second lead guitar), Mpudi Decca (bass) and Bosuma Dessoin (conga). Here is a clip of this final masterpiece, sung in Kikongo, - with photos from the concert a month later in Amsterdam.
Alternatively here is the audio track.

More to follow.

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