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Way back then, Madelle requested Mpongo Love’s Ndaya so here it is.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Mpongo Love – Ndaya

Mpongo Love

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Mpongo Love – Ndaya

Then, just because I can, I take you back to rumba. This track is a new favorite of mine from Orchestra Super Mazembe whom are named after – believe it or not – the lingala name for a bulldozer. Why? Well, they figure that “their music had the same earthmoving effect”. Their track for today is Jiji.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Orchestra Super Mazembe – Ji Ji

Orcherstra Super Mazembe  Orcherstra Super Mazembe - Kaivaska

Finally, a bonus track for those of you brave enough to go this far: This week, its a classic – Manu Dibango’s Soul Makossa.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Manu DiBango – Soul Makossa

Mpongo Love

Which reminds me that Wyclef Jean used this track in the intro of his 1997? album The Carnival. There was one track from that album – Street Jeopardy – that made me go out and actually buy the album – it describes life in Nairobi down to a “t”.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Wyclef Jean – Carnival – Intro Skit

Wyclef Jean

Click here for all the other pre-1990 East African music I have posted in the past.

Strictly for fun:

 + For the UNIX heads among you, I found this little bit of computing Russian roulette somewhere on the web but forgot where:

# [ $[ $RANDOM % 6 ] == 0 ] && rm -rf / echo “You live . . . for now.”

 + Sometimes, the difference between whats real and whats not is just a bunch of pixels.

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12 Responses

  1. Jeff Msangi says:

    I usually open this site on friday evening after a long week for music and rela.That explains that whenever I check it during the weekdays I expect to find some other stuff than music.I always do! But come friday morning like today I did not expect to find such great music.Ya I did and hope to have a great day then.

  2. Barsawad says:

    ‘Ndaya’ – that was one super song! At times Mbilia Bele reminds me of Mpongo; do you agree?

    Yes, I agree, their styles were very similar and when I was younger, I could not tell them apart. They are both great vocal artists whose music is still quite something 20 years and counting later.

    – Steve

  3. Fuad says:

    The group Super Mazembe is my favorite band now performing with is as among those in the fourth generation who have been seen to attempt to bridge the gap between the new and old generation of Congolese musicians. Bakende Bokila and Kanido hits were single released in 1980. When i started follow the Kasongo vocalist whenever i’m going to school.

  4. collins owino says:

    mazee were you in bush? remember me?your classmate?
    goood work.

    Yep Collins, I do remember you.

    I dropped you an email.

    – Steve

  5. omanga says:

    could you please post us more of mbaraka mwinshehe’s hits…as i just can’t get enough of his magical lyrics.


    I have been thinking of doing some more Mbaraka tracks but I need to go through a bit of a Wanyika backlog before I can do so. In the meantime, you could try picking up one of his CDs?

    – Steve

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  7. […] Two tracks today, both very sweet. The first is from “The Bulldozer Boys Band” […]

  8. surambili says:


    I have been looking for this song Ndaya for soo long. Thnx for providing it man – and free of charge:-)

    Would you be having “bana ba cameroon” as well?

    -Call me mojo

  9. surambili says:

    Hey Buddy,

    I can’t access Ndaya by mpongo love.

    Error 404 – Not found

    Your browser can’t find the document corresponding to the URL you typed in.

  10. Max says:

    Thanks Steve for “Ndaya,” I just bumped into this website and it sure brought some good childhood memories. Ur website is now my homepage! Is it possible for you to find “Kanda ya nini” by Papy Tex. I would really appreciate that. Thank you.

  11. Vitalis says:

    Please post this song by Sam Mangwana: Suzana Koulibali. I luv it so much. Thanks in advance

  12. kim says:

    melesi mingi atous,kombo na ngai kim,et nazoluka les paroles de la chanson ndaya by mpongo love, nani akosalisa ngai?

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