January 27, 2010

Les Merveilles du Passé

Another tip: Aboubacar Siddikh has posted some classic videos from Franco and his All Powerful O.K. Jazz on Youtube:

A full version of Simaro's "Oko Regretter Ngai Mama":

A unique version of Mayaula Mayoni's "Cherie Bondowe":

Another track by Simaro: "Presence Na Ngai Ebangisaka":

My favourite: Franco's superb "Nioka Abangaka Mpe Moto":

Plus Franco's "Toyeba Yo", featuring Sam Mangwana:

And if you can't get enough, there is also an out-of-this-world, full colour (but unfortunately short) song from 1974 (recorded during the festivities surrounding the Rumble in the Jungle):


grooVemonzter said...

Unbelievable set of videos. Thank you so much. That last video is the frosting on the cake for sure. But I will admit that as much as I love Franco and the band I wouldn't have minded it if the cameraman had spent more time on the dancer, if you know what I mean. Cheers, Cole

moos said...

What a fantastic video's wrldsrvc,
thank you so much for showing these.. master..

Joji said...

Shukrani tu!

What about the lingala lyrics of these songs? Are they available?


aduna said...


mozika wa ngai said...

always thought were siddik


Apurva Bahadur said...

Many thanks - this is fantastic. Apurva from Pune, India.

soka said...

Excellent videos. What of the song Nalembi ba promesses? I think it was written by Isaac Musekiwa and done by TPOK jazz in the 60s. Where can I find it? Thanks