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Some tracks that I have been listening to over the last couple of days ..

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Daniel Owino Misiani & Shirati band – Wuoro Monono

From Africa Serenades 29 ( thanks again Cheeku! ), here is Orchestra Elegance Jazz with Ngalula Marthe. This has appeared in another couple of interesting places including mix #6 in the Kinshasa-Nairobi Express series at World Passport.

Some luck soul recently picked up this single on eBay for a mere $8 …

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Orchestra Elegance Jazz – Ngalula Marthe

Kelenkye Band in Jungle Music pulled off African Serenades 28 ( thank you Cheeku and Matt!) . While there are lots of comments about them on the internets, there is no real content. Can anyone help?

I wish that this had managed to be preserved at a better bit rate in stereo so that all the high hats and suchlike like were not lost.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Kelenkye Band – Jungle Music

That is one catchy chorus line.

Fred Okello asked

“I am looking for any one who can upload Ogolla kadir by Tony Omondi/Musa Juma.”

I do not have this, can anyone help? I do have Bebina Siaya Kababa that I posted back in July of 2007 that has Musa Juma and Tony Omondi. Hope it helps.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Musa Juma & Orchestra Limpopo International feat. Tony Omondi – Bebina Siaya Kababa

I am sorry but some of these tracks are in mp4 format. I come from the “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” school of thought.

If you have trouble with your player of choice, try VLC or WinAmp.

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130 Responses

  1. jke says:

    That Kelenkye tune is hot! thx.

  2. kabuga says:

    Thanks Steve.

    Someone promised Amba by Nyboma. Plzzzzzzz.

    Here you go.

    East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Nyboma – Amba

    – Steve

  3. gilly says:


    Thanks for Amba. Those were the days – 1970s. I remember DJ Julius Nyaisanga of RTD used to say such tracks may make the impossible POSSIBLE – like losing your socks while keeping the shoes intact!


    My appreciation for your promise to post Mabiala the soonest

  4. Mutunga says:


    You’ve made me nostalgic! RTD (which I picked up loud and clear on Shortwave in Kenya) was made my Sunday afternoons worth waiting for. I remember great music programmes like “Bembeya”, “Njugu Kubwa” and “Potpourri” which played music from all over Africa. And on Sunday mornings there used to be a wonderful “zilizopendwa” programme. I never learnt the names of any of the announcers (shame on me!) but I remember one guy with a great voice who used to read the news in English (I actually first heard the news of Jomo Kenyatta’s death from RTD English service 22/08/1978 – about 13:10 EAST). I think Duncan Tido Mhando was Tanzanian but he probably spent more time producing commercial programmes in Kenya before moving on to the BBC Africa service.

  5. kabuga says:


    Dunstan Tindo Muhando is Tanzanian. He is currently head of RTD after retiring from BBC.
    He was one of the two guys behind FLATIM that produced most of the Tanzanian classics of old.

  6. gilly says:

    @mutunga, Kabuga

    1. The guy used to read news in The External Service of RTD( with great VOICE) probably you are talking of Elly Mboto (RIP), Jacob Tesha. David Wakati

    2. Tido is a DG of TBC ( RTD and TVT put together)

    3. we share alot in history, sisi ni ndugu.
    I was also a good listener of VOK

    I remember 1970s – 80s popular announcers like MDJ Eddy Fondo (any news about him? ), Hadija Ally, Len Mambo, Mmanga, Obege, Mwangeni, John Karani (now with a private radio station, KISS FM, Mwanza, TZ), Issac anunda Sakwa etc ………

    Such classic tracks like L’Eden, Manguta, Shauri Yako, Sina Makosa, Kasuku, Afro, Shida, Baba Mdogo, Virunga, Sigalame, Embakasy, Kasongo, Choroni ni wasi, Lunch Time, Malaika, etc and bands like Somajeko, Les Jaca, Les Knoirs, Mangelepa, mazembe, Viva makale, Moja One, Boma Liwanza, Shikashika, Bwambwe bwambwe, DDC Mlimani Park, etc……………

    I knew most of these bands and tracks through VOK before any other source.

  7. kabuga says:


    will post mabiala next week God willing. Have dig into some dusty stuff.

    Thanks for the insight on DTM. The guy is a trailblazer of sorts.

    Pls allow Steve to send me your personal email. We share alot in common.

  8. Mutunga says:


    Thanks for the background information. Now that you’ve mentioned the announcers’ names, I remember the great broadcaster who read the news of Kenyatta’s death was Jacob Tesha. We are definitely brothers and have been ever linked by our love for good music, which flowed freely across the geo-political borders. MDJ Eddy Fondo became a celeberity because of his popular programme “Chaguo Lako”. So great was he that Zairean musicians used to salute him in their songs “O Mwana Mboka, Eddy Fondo …. O Mwana Mboka Tolingana ee” (Samba Mapangala. Since 1987, I’ve spent far more time in the West than in Kenya and I don’t know much about the local broadcasting scene. I’m doing my best to keep up with local music (especially the Kamba variety) and Youtube is an indispensable resource.

  9. gilly says:

    @ Mutunga, All

    JT (that great broadcaster) became a press Secretary for the former TZ PM for ten yrs from 1995.

    Les wanyika in their track NISAIDIE BABA did also mention Eddy Fondo. The track was one of my favorate and it came to life around 1980 when i was Standard 7. Pse upload that killer song.

  10. gilly says:

    @ Mutunga, All

    JT (that great broadcaster) became a press Secretary for the former TZ PM for ten yrs from 1995.

    Les wanyika in their track NISAIDIE BABA did also mention Eddy Fondo. The track was one of my favorate and it came to life around 1980 when i was Standard 7. Pse upload that killer song.


    Kabuga’s request. Pse mpatie.

  11. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Gilly and others
    Your posting at 6 above brings back such memories. I used to be a fan of VOK and Radio Uganda External Service. I used to have a little short-wave radio (six batteries – Eveready what else!). I had ripped a big base speaker out of my dad’s grundig radiogram (he never noticed – he-he) and put on an African pot in my bedroom to get the base (I don’t know whether you guys know the kind of pot I am talking about – must be a baganda pot – narrow neck big belly). I would not go to sleep until midnight when VOK closed down. Then I managed to get an fm radio and because we used to leave on a hill by Lake Vic in Uganda on some days and most evenings I would get VOK fm loud and clear – the last program of the night on the English service cant remember the name. I think that is why I learnt to live off very little sleep.

    Any one remembers egunduka and there was a song, which went kiwelekiwele etc.

    Those were the days!

  12. Mutunga says:


    …. those transistor radios! those batteries! Actually (in Kenya), there was an alternative brand to Eveready. “NATIONAL” batteries (probably produced by Tanzanian-based MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC company) were longer-lasting but naturally more expensive. Ofcourse Eveready regular and “Eveready Super 99″ dominated the market.
    BTW – I used to pick up Radio Uganda in the 1970s loud and clear too. Zairean music featured prominently and songs like “Ayi Djo”, “Kadioka”, “Mikolo Mileki Mingi” etc got considerable airplay.

  13. kabuga says:


    The programe was “late date”. I guess it is still there.

    Remember sundowner?? it still remains.

  14. fred says:

    You mean this [url=http://media.putfile.com/Tabu-Ley—Kiwelewele]Tabu-Ley—Kiwelewele[/url]

  15. fred says:

    Ooops!!! What happened on the link I posted? I do not think it will work. Try this one. Hopefully it should work

  16. gilly says:

    @ Samuel

    The mention of Radio Uganda reminds me of a very powerful popular radio station late 1970s and early 1980s called SOROTI. Things were hot, music non stop.

    Adija Adisi by Lovy Longomba et al was one of their favourite.

    Enjoy Adija Adisi – Orch Les Jaca :


  17. David Ochan says:

    Thanks for Adija by Lovy Longomba.
    You seem to have alot of those Kenyan based Cogolese music. Could you post for us KULOKOKO by Viva Makhale if you have it?

  18. gilly says:

    @David and other

    Im sorry Kulo Koko is not in my collection. Steve,Kabuga, Mutunga, Lidya, others; could you help?

  19. kabuga says:

    I trust i have kulokoko somewhere. I piucked it up at melodica and it was released alongside Mayaula’s ba chagrins; currently running at my blog. Will try get it and post it.

  20. Fred says:

    Here is Viva Makale – Kulokoko. http://www.sendspace.com/file/8h61ae

  21. David Ochan says:

    @ FRED
    Thanks a million Fred for Kulokoko.
    Another task for you and fellow bloggers,
    1. ZAI ZAI by Baba National.
    (This was probably the last song Baba Gaston Ilunga wa Ilunga played with the likes of Bwamy Walumona, Kabila Kabanze, Lutulu Kaniki, et al before they broke away to form Les Mangelepa).
    2. Original MULEMA by Makassy.
    Thanking you all in advance.

  22. Lydia says:

    Hi guys
    Thanks for all the great music. David , Here is Molema by Makassy – hope its what you’re looking for.


  23. David Ochan says:

    @ LYDIA
    Thanks for MOLEMA.
    The Original MOLEMA by Makassy had a part1 and part2.I wonder if any of you guys have it.

  24. Mutunga says:

    @all readers; re: Molema part 2:

    I’ve also been looking for Molema part 2. It’s that bouncy, spring track that goe’s “ninginya, ninginya o ningi ooo, mopaya e ningi nsango ya mboka …..” and ends in Swahili “wivu wako umenichosha, nikicheka na bibi una kasirika, tafadhali fahamu mimi ni lulu, ukinipenda mimi usiwe na wivu ….” It’s really hot, and to have it we’ll have to look to people in East Africa. Over to you kabuga! See what they’ve got at Assanands (Is that the same as Melodica?)

  25. David Ochan says:

    That is it Mutunga! You got the lyric spot on! That is the ORIGINAL MOLEMA.
    I used to have it on my tape – which was unfortunately left in Uganda.

  26. kabuga says:

    will be posting the molema that Mutunga talks about on my blog as soon as i can.

  27. kabuga says:

    Molema can now be found at my blog http://magomayetu.blogspot.com/.

    – assanands and melodica are two different shops. The real deal is melodica – Tom Mboya street almost opposite development hse – it is a treasure trove for collectors.
    Assanands is along moi avenue near text bood centre.

  28. David Ochan says:

    @ KABUGA
    You are a real saviour.
    Thanks for the original MOLEMA

  29. kingsam says:

    Bana-OK when music was still music


    By the way anyone with one of those many wanyikas songs that went like this:
    “Kweli nakupenda ingawa naogopa………….Kukopa harusi na kulipa matanga”
    I tried searching around sometime back i came across it but i never paid attention ending up misplacing this music.
    Any help is welcome

  30. fred says:

    David, did you mean Kai Kai? I do not seem to remember Zai Zai. I have the Kai Kai.

  31. gilly says:


    The track is Barua Yako by Les Wanyika (in Sina Mkosa Lp). Follow the link below:


  32. David Ochan says:

    @ FRED
    Can you please post that Kai Kai song, it might be the one.

  33. Mutunga says:


    Many thanks for the original “Molema”. I’m listening to it right now and it’s simply fantastic. The last time I had a similar thrill was when we found Orchestre Les Kamale’s “Ngali”. I’ll let you know when I’m in Nairobi so that we can have “mbili mbili kama kawaida” or whater you prefer.
    Thanks too for the information about Assanands and Melodica.

  34. kabuga says:


    Tusker badala ya kazi anytime.

    Sorry – Tusker baada ya kazi…..oops

    We could do it at Blue posts to rekindle the past.

  35. fred says:

    David, here we go. I have also added another track I am sure lovers of oldies will appreciate.

  36. Fred says:

    Could some one with “Bitota 1 & 2″ post it here.

  37. David Ochan says:

    @ FRED
    The Zai Zai music goes like this:…..
    Oooh Na Boyi na Nga, Nalembi ye (oh ngai Nalembi ye)….
    Si Tarudi Tena aaa Baba, Zai Zai, (zai zai)…
    Konyokolaka Ngai Nakoyoka zoto Pasi, Ooooh Motema Pasi.

    Mobali kobomba te Sekele ya makwela, Esi mamula…
    Mobali akusa Bilinga-linga, Makwela na yo na ngai ee,
    Nakumbi Mama na Likambo ee ee, Sitarudi Tena…

    Then a repeated…
    Ikango Malanguma Sakula,
    Ikango Malanguma ee ee

    There then follows an exchange between Kabila Kabanze (KK) and Baba Gaston (BG).
    KK: Baba, mimi na sema na wewe. Wewe apana taka ku sikiya.
    BG: We sema yote, mimi ta sikiya.
    KK: Iko Lumwanga ana seza Mangelepa! Mangelepa!

    That is all the promt I can give.
    MUTUNGA could write the lyric better.
    Does it ring a bell someone?

  38. Daniel says:

    Somebody mentioned two songs a few days ago, one that had “Ayi jjo, Ayi Jjo” being mentioned in it, the other a song by I think Veve called “Egunduka”. Maybe somebody in this group of musical wizards has them? They remind me of Sunday afternoons at Uhuru Park on the days that they spun records (I forget the name of the resident band, was it Mangelepa by any chance?). That would be too good to be true!

  39. David Ochan says:

    @ DANIEL
    Here is AYIDJO by Les Kamale

    I’ll post EGUNDUKA by Veve in a few minutes.

  40. David Ochan says:

    @ DANIEL
    And here is EGUNDUKA by Veve.


  41. red says:

    Your blog is great and I am going to have a proper look round!

    I tried posting a comment on your post from February that included Dhobi de Classe, but wordpress seems to have eaten it, or is not letting me post. So sorry to go off topic, but I’m going to try again here.


    Thanks for posting all these great tracks. I got here on a search for Hugh Masekela a few days ago, and I’m really enjoying the other stuff you posted, particularly Dhobi de Classe.

    Jean Claude Gaspa (or Gaspard) is from Mauritius and the track is in Kreol Morisyen (Mauritian Creole) as far as I can tell. You can see the lyrics here http://www.radiomoris.com/forum/showthread.php?t=546

    The spelling looks similar to Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) and much of it will probably be clear to a French-speaker – sadly my french is not that good, so my French-English translation is only partial and distinctly wobbly. I’m an English-speaker from London, so I’m translating roughly into UK English here.

    I think some of the Morisyen words can be roughly translated into French by saying them the way they are spelled phonetically – ki = qui (who), for example. That works sometimes for Aisyen… another language that sadly I don’t actually know. If anyone reading this speaks Morisyen, Ayisyen or French, I’d like to apologise for making ignorant guesses about your language and possibly making a right mess of it.

    Dhobi is from Hindi and means someone who does the laundry. I know almost nothing about Mauritius, but it’s on the sea route from India to East Africa, so there may be many Hindi-derived words in use there (I’m guessing again).

    I can’t guarantee any of the skimpy translation (?!) that follows, but here goes:

    My guess at the first lines:

    Who doesn’t know me, laundryman of the class?
    Me, little Jean Robert, cock of the walk

    It looks like “cock of the race”, literally, but I’m going for something that would make sense in idiomatic UK English. It might actually mean something quite different of course – think “chicken of the race” for contrast…

    There is lots of stuff throughout about doing the laundry, including a line that goes:
    Rinse, wring (?), scrub, scrub, rinse, wring (?) it dry

    and also
    I put [it] to dry on the riverside.

    At one point:
    Customers tell me ‘congatulations’, I’m proud
    (something about lots of folding)… Who can iron the washing better?

    This line:
    Oua zoine mwa tou les zours avan six zer
    might have something to do with him being there every day, and starting before six o’clock
    (Fr: “tous les jours”/”avant six heures”)

    There is reference to a bar of soap and a square of blue (if that is what “ble” is), which I guess would be washing blue, for “the blue whiteness” in UK English)

    The last verse has several references to eating – the laundryman presumably has to work hard to feed himself.
    I wash-wash, I “chow-chow”.

    I think that’s the drift of it anyway, so hopefully it offers a bit of context until you find someone that speaks Morisyen or at least French.

    Thanks again for posting this.


  42. red says:

    A quick point to add to my comment:

    Although I’ve tried to figure out what the words to the song are, I have no idea what the meaning behind them is. A song about someone doing the laundry might be just that, a song about a hardworking life. But you could probably write a song about doing the laundry that is really about a political situation, or sex, or personal redemption… someone familiar with the context would know this immediately. But I haven’t a clue.

    It’s a wonderful track though.

  43. Daniel says:

    David Ochan, thank you so much for coming through every time. You are a great resource to the world of music. Asante sana!

  44. kabuga says:

    Anyone out there with kiwaka by empire bakuba, because no money by Bopol, Lessa Lassans works of early 80s, dunia by banangenge, wangare by shika shika, salongo by …… ?

  45. kabuga says:

    To add to my above wishlist are manyeto and suki pembe by mangelepa and kiongo by marquis.

  46. Lydia says:

    Kabuga, here is Manyetto by Mangelepa – enjoy


  47. kabuga says:


    Asante sana sana. Just out of curiosity, which other songs were in the manyeto album?

  48. Lydia says:

    Even though I have a number of Mangelepa tracks, they have been got from different sources, so in all honesty I am not certain which albums they’re all from. I can post a couple more if you like.

  49. gilly says:

    Lets get geared up for the weekend. Here comes MASASU, Orch Shikashika with Jimmy Monimambo, Lovy Longomba, et al. Twende kazi!


  50. David Ochan says:

    @ KABUGA
    Try this if it is the SALONGO you are looking for.


    And also Johnny Bokelo’s “1969 ANEE DE TRAVAILE” which some of us use to call “SALONGO ALINGA MOSALA”.


  51. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Ntwiga family,
    Now and again, a particular post or song seems to kick off some sweet memories. This site is like a collective memory of our childhood and teen days from EA. This particular thread is one of those. I can’t believe the songs on here. I am going the update my ipod and my journey to Whitehall from the north of the UK just got that bit more interesting.
    Gilly thanks for the reminder – late date – it was the programme to listen too in those days and sundowner oh yes!!!!
    Kabuga do they stream late date on the net – would be nice to pick it up again.
    Let me get on with downloading now.

  52. Fred says:

    Spme one out there may have this track:
    Please post it here.

  53. musa okoth says:

    To the person who posted Lovy’s Adija: thank you so much. I have been looking for it without knowing I was looking for it. I was in primary 5 when this song was hot!!!

    And to all of you who used to listed to Radio Uganda, does anyone remember Yayo Nini? They would always play it after playing The tide is high. Can someone post it please please!

  54. Fred says:

    Musa, do you mean “Ya nini” by Veve? Otherwise which band played that “Yayo nini?

  55. gilly says:

    @Fred, Musa, others

    Yayo Nini was a hit by Lovy Longomba and others played daily at Radio Uganda, It went on air so frequent that fans did memorize a few words.

    Otis asked for the same track here: http://www.ntwiga.net/blog/?p=155 (Response No, 10) ;

    and Muziki Tamu here:


    Music fans, Ntwiga family, can someone help!

  56. David Ochan says:

    and the music family.
    The good news is that, I have “YAYO NINI”.
    The bad news is that , it is still in my cassette.
    Hopefuly I’ll have sometime in the new year , digitise those music and post them.

    Could you please re-post that “Abakende Bokila” by Super Mazembe. The link which Fabian left has gone cold.

  57. kabuga says:


    Pls visit me magoma

  58. Fabian says:

    Hello @GILLY,

    I invite him to listen to the album here:


    Best regards,


  59. David Ochan says:

    @ FABIAN
    The site looks great, but I have failed to listen to any of the music. How do I listen to the music?


  60. Fred says:

    @ David,
    I think you have to download it first. Copy the link and paste in a browser. After downloading, you have to unzip the folder; it has a psw that is also provided there.

  61. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Ntwiga family (probably a clan by now),
    Has any one got Abissina? That was one big tune as well on both VOK and Radio Uganda. On hind sight do people think that there was an undeclared competion going on between stations in EA at the time to play the greatest music? And do you think this contributed to the very vibrant music scene at the time?
    Just a thought.

  62. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    And has anyone got Pitchouna as well? Those were the days!

  63. Fred says:

    Samwiri, this is for you; both Abissina and Pitchouna. Enjoy

  64. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Asante sana bwana. My train journey to work tomorrow just got that more interesting. Watch out, you may see some crazy African man dancing on the virgin train on you tube one of these days!

  65. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    While I am still here anyone remembers a song by Tabuley (I think) which went like Oo oh so so malunga…

  66. Mutunga says:

    @samuel (samwiri):

    The song you’re looking for is “Monsieur Malonga”. I’ve got it somewhere, and I should post it in the course of the day. But other members of this blog family might just upload it before I get round to doing it (I might have to go shopping for groceries first! :) )

  67. Mutunga says:

    @samuel (samwiri):

    I’ve uploaded Monsieur Malonga for you at this position on the web. Enjoy!

  68. Fabian says:

    Thanks for by explain to @ DAVID. perhaps if I had explained possibly not would understand my English.



  69. kabuga says:


    Pls send me gilly’s email contact. He accented to it sometime back.

    Thanks mkubwa

  70. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Asante sana! I am enjoying as we speak.

  71. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Ntwiga family,
    Has any one got Candidat Ya Biso Mobutu by Franco Luambo Makiadi? I know some of us may find this song inappropriate, but if you strip away the politics it is still a great tune, all 20 minutes of it. If any one has it can they please post? Brings back lots of memories for me. I know I am being very greedy now but any help is welcome!

  72. Fred says:

    Will upload “Candidat Ya Biso Mobutu” when I get home.

  73. Fred says:

    This http://www.sendspace.com/file/r5zton is for Xmas for members of ntwiga. Have a Merry Christmas.
    This is now Candidat Na Biso Mobutu for Samwiri.

  74. gilly says:

    @ David

    Eagerly waiting for Yayo nini. Im sorry, Abakende Bokila is not in my collection.

    Steve, Others

    I appreciate for the enjoyment I get from all the contributions posted here. Mr Malonga, Mabiala, Pitchouna, and Salongo are already in my top 40 christmas and new year listening list. Anybody with Sister Ali by Virunga could you please post it here.

    A reward of two valuable words, THANK YOU .

  75. kabuga says:


    will do sister ali to complete your xmas

  76. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    You have made my xmas, thank you!

    Your idea of a top Xmas 40 sounds brilliant. We could even push it to the top 100 East African and Zairean tunes of all time (well up to the early 1990s) then have the CD produced. We can then start doing it in say Volume 1, 2 and so on. Any takers? I think mine is currently runnning at the top 400 and I would not be able to get it to 100. Too greedy!

    Has anyone posted Ayidjo here before?

    Asante sana in advance

  77. Lydia says:

    Hi Ntwiga Blog family. The Holidays are here… thanks for all the good music to add to our Playlists for the holiday season.

    Here are a few tracks for you all
    Neema – DDC Milimani

    Pesa Position – Franco

    Nimaru – Les Wanyika

    Mpenzi Nakukanya – Nuta Jazz

    Happy listening, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may you all have a wonderful new year.

  78. Mutunga says:

    @blog family:

    Which kind of music sounds so distinctly Kenyan? Answers will vary but only Chakacha makes me envision the Indian Ocean, coconut trees and lovely ladies doing this sensual dance. Here’s Safari Sound’s version of “Lea Mwana”.Don’t you just love Chakacha? Have a very Merry Christmas, won’t you?

  79. Mteja says:

    First of all – merry christmas to the ntwiga blog music family. It is quite incredible that Steve has built such a following of enthusiasts!!!

    @ gilly:
    thanks for confirming that Yayo Nini was done by Lovy Longomba. What band was he with at the time. I am quite sure that it was done at much the same time as the Adija Alisi that has been posted here so my suspicion is that Les Jaca may also be the band. I remember the single had a red label and the composition was credited to Ndjadi Mitchou whose name I have never seen anywhere else since.

    @ David Ochan – here are parts 1 and 2 of Abakende Bokila as done by Super Mazembe. Sorry I did not have the time to concatenate them into one piece. Someone correct me here but I think it is Longwa Mutonkole Didos who does the lead vocals here and Lovy is on the chorus.

    Part one – http://www.divshare.com/download/6147592-7e8

    Part two – http://www.divshare.com/download/6147627-695

    Now David – any chance you could harakisha the digitizing of Yayo Nini?? since watu wengi wanangoja kwa hamu kuu or should we put something in your paypal account????

  80. Mteja says:

    First of all a merry christmas to all ntwiga blog music family!!! It is incredible that Steve has brought together this enthusiastic band of archive diggers!!!

    thanks for confirming that Yayo Nini was indeed done by Lovy Longomba. Any idea what band he was fronting at the time? My guess is that it was probably the Les Jaca that is credited for Adija Alisi. The songs came out almost around the same time.

    @ David Ochan:
    As per your request here is Super Mazembe’s Abakende Bokila. Sorry I do not have the technical knowhow to concatenate the two pieces.

    Part One – http://www.divshare.com/download/6147592-7e8

    Part Two – http://www.divshare.com/download/6147627-695

    Now then, any chance that we could ask you to harakisha the digitizing of Yayo Nini seeing as it is that watu wengi wanaingoja kwa hamu kuu????

  81. kabuga says:


    That should be Kassongo wa Kanema and Lovy on chorus. Kassongo is the current band leader.

  82. gilly says:

    @Mteja, others

    Your argument seems to be reasonable. That distinct voice of lovy longomba is vivid in Yayo nini track, just like in Adija Adisi. Brother, im not also certain which band did Yayo nini, We may hear from others – this blog is full of resourceful people, will somebody please come up with the answer!

    Looking for the greatest East African Xmas track ?
    Kakolele VIVA CHRISTMAS is right here in our blog:


  83. Lydia says:

    Lots of travel going on this time of year, so how about this one by Sam Muthee – Dereva Chunga Maisha


  84. David Ochan says:

    @ Mteja
    Thanks for that SM. Could you please also send the “KANINDO” by Shika Shika posted on Fabian’s site.
    I’ll try to digitise YAYO NINI as soon as possible.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for all the great musics and contributions you have made on this site.
    A BIG THANKS to Steve for making this possible.

  85. Mteja says:


    re – your post of Moni Mambo’s “Masasu” at namba 50 – I know studio time was and still is expensive but does that excuse the trumpet player in this track??? I keep thinking there is a juicy story behind the poor fellow running out of breath when this track was recorded – yet they went ahead and released it!!!!!

  86. Fred says:

    For those who are patient, this site has plenty for you. Explore, select and play.
    This is another one with plenty to listen to.
    By he way all tracks download to Hard Drive into the Internet temporaly folder.

  87. David Ochan says:

    @ FRED

    This “Zilipendwa” is a real Christmas gift. Thanks a lot. I wanted to have some 4 hours of sleep, but you have just prevented me. This is a real NON STOP listening.

  88. Daniel says:

    Merry Christmas to Steve and all the subscribers to this blog. You made my year in African music. I came across some old ’70’s music by YOULOU MABIALA § KAMIKAZE LONNINGISA from their ‘Best of ..’ album. Here are some Christmas presents for you all:
    04 MAMOU
    02 MAKA

    Have a great holiday everyone!

  89. Mutunga says:


    God bless you for revealing this link. I’ll be very patient with the server!:)

  90. Mutunga says:


    Do you by any chance have any connection with the University of Nairobi? I remember one “Okello” in Hall 2 who collected virtually every CPOP cassette Franco released (1980s). Of course there are many Fred Okellos around but in case you’re not the one, just know that you have a namesake who has an unrivalled passion for Congolese music. That Franco-loving Okello would remember names of “comrades” like Mungai, Gitau, Dennis and “Ole” (I’m the “Mkamba” who was Ole’s room-mate). And if you were the one, we’d have a lot to talk and laugh about :). At any rate we’ve got the music to share!

  91. Fred says:

    Do the initials TCA mean anything to you? If so let me know.

  92. Samuel says:

    To Steve,
    Thanks a lot for this page. I don’t remember well how i discovered it (could be googling some african music) but in 2008 it has been one of my favourite pages. Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year 2009.

  93. Samuel says:

    To all,
    I am not able to access putfile. Could be a general problem or problem with my system? I have converted to Ubuntu Linux but i don’t think this shouls be a problem because I use the same browser as before, mozilla firefox.

  94. Fred says:

    @ Samwiri,
    Sorry Sam, I am not he; but I had a cousin there between 1974 and 1978 and visited him in 1978. By coincidence of name, I love African music and collect a lot from East, Central and South Africa especially the 60s, 70, 80s and 90s music. I have not yet developed a tatse for West African beats and todays soukous music.

  95. Mutunga says:

    Samuel, others: especially Esororo, Mwanamuziki, Daniel:

    Here in Italy and probably elsewhere, “putfile.com” has been censored and a total blackout on the server has been implemented. If you try to access the music on the server, all you get in Italy is a Police notice.
    Ostensibly, the official reason for blocking “putfile.com” fully is that it has been used by pedophiles. However, I personally feel that state authorities should block offending media only and not interfere with innocent pages. What is happening here in Italy is but the thin end of the wedge. The reality is that we’re facing restictions to the unalienable right of Freedom of Information. Just like in China. When Western states criticise China of violating human rights, it’s just like the pot calling the kettle black.
    Please Esororo, Mwanamuziki, Daniel, whenever you can, do transfer your beautiful music to Youtube, which is still available. And tell us if you adopt different user names there. Alternatively you can open a blog like kabuga and upload the music in a good server like “MegaUpload”.

  96. Lydia says:

    Samuel, Mutunga and others

    So far Putfile is still up in the US, maybe they’re censoring by region.

  97. Lydia says:

    A little late for Christmas , but right on time for new year

    Happy Christmas – Mbaraka Mwinshehe


    And Picnic ya Volcano – Mbaraka


    Enough to make you homesick :-)

  98. Nobrun says:

    Thanx all. Would anyone have ‘Marie Wandaka’ (original) by Sammy Kasule?

  99. Daniel says:


    Sorry to hear about the restrictions in Italy. How about sendspace? That seems to be working the best of all the file sharing programs.

  100. Mutunga says:


    Sendspace is fine. Long live the music-loving family! :)

  101. kabuga says:

    Happy new year all Ntwiga blog family members.

    A new year present in form of oh “miguel” by OK jazz will be much appreciated.

  102. gilly says:

    Fellow African music fans, all the best to you for 2009!


    Oh Miguel; With a lot of patience try it here:


    Good luck

  103. kabuga says:

    Thanks gilly, though i could only download the other 3 songs except oh miguel. Kindly help by posting it alone.

    Also, any member with the original tpok jazz production??

  104. gilly says:


    Sorry to say that I am a bit tied up at the moment. I could nt even download the content of the link myself. Below is the page i dug out the link for unlimited riches:


  105. Mutunga says:


    See whether this is the version of “Oh Miguel” you are looking for. Rather than an original, it sounds like a simulated live performance with canned applause. I also seem to remember that there is different version of “Oh Miguel” featuring Vicky Longomba but I might be wrong. Let me know if it is what you’re hunting for.

  106. kabuga says:


    Asante sana muthoniwa.

    It is a while since i listened to this Luambo oldie. The style employed is similar to kimpa kisangameni; is this kikongo or lingala?

  107. Mutunga says:


    You’re welcome. It’s actually a mixture of Lingala and Kikongo. At first the lyrics are in Lingala, but when the traditional beat starts, Kikongo comes in. OK Jazz performed quite a number of folk songs in Kikongo.

  108. kabuga says:


    This taringa site is so rich. Asante sana.

  109. Afwuongo says:

    Fred Okello:

    Try this link for Ogolla Kadir

    It is classic Omondi Tony / Musa Juma

  110. Daniel says:


    The Tariga.net site is another treasure trove of oldies. Thanks! However their rapidshare file sharing service uses a format that we don’t have here in the US (to the best of my knowledge), .rar. Any idea how to convert that to mp3? I’m downloading an old favorite by Kassav (“All you need is Zouk”) in that .rar format to see if any of my music juke-boxes will recognize it.

  111. Kingsam says:

    If you havent found a way to get the music files working,
    You should be able to download this WinRAR for free . Here is the link


    Download the first on – WinRAR 3.80

    It should be able to work for.I have had it as long as i can remember.

  112. Ramasha says:

    I am a newbie.
    You guys and gals sound like people I would love to hug and kiss!
    This is my thing!! Kitale— KUDU/ Mbolea 1980s, Nakuru— Pivot/Manyatta

  113. Daniel says:


    Thanks for the tip. I’ll give it a shot!

  114. Daniel says:

    Kingsam. That download worked great. It extracted 12 mp3 files from a 100 MB .rar file within seconds. I still don’t know what a .rar file is but it looks like a zip file for mp3’s and WinAmp allows you to extract them. Asante sana, my man!

  115. Samuel says:

    Hi everybody.
    The page is becoming dormant, what’s happening?
    And for those from Kenya let’s have it in mind this time. This isn’t a page for politics (and religion?) but we can’t ignore the situation in this poor eastafrican country. We may repeat the first words on our national anthem.
    All the best

  116. Daniel says:

    Samwiri, I think everybody has moved to more recent blog pages. Try February, the discussions and postings continue there.

  117. Daniel says:

    Ramasha: I attended Greenfields College in Kitale for my A-levels in 1983 to 1984. Since we used to take the Akamba bus back and forth from Nairobi to Kitale, I’m quite familiar with the Pivot in Nakuru. Wow! That brings back some memories I would never have remembered otherwise.

  118. saminator says:

    guys, guys you all are so amazing; david ochan, esororo, ntwiga, daniel, mutunga, gilly, kingsam plus all the other prominent putfile members. am new to the your site but soooooooo interested in your exchanges. now for my request; is pleaaaase, any body who could deep and send me ‘kayembe’ by super mazembe and ”kumekuja” or is it ”pesa kuja” by sammy kasule in which he mentions something to with ”waganga” in between . you would have truly made my day…………….THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER LINGALA TRACK, MOST LIKLEY 80-81 NOT SURE OF THE TITLE AND ARTIST THOUGH BUT GOES SOMETHING LIKE, ”SULIYA SULIYA, SULIYA SULI SULI…NAMESANA NA NGAI TE O…SULIYA SULIYA YAKA PEMBENI NA NGAI……………….”. am certain one of you music collection aces will get them, thanks dudes and gals.

  119. saminator says:

    guys, guys you all are so amazing; david ochan, esororo, ntwiga, daniel, mutunga, gilly, kingsam plus all the other prominent putfile members. am new to the your site but soooooooo interested in your exchanges. now for my request; is pleaaaase, any body who could dig deep and send me ‘kayembe’ by super mazembe and ”kumekuja” or is it ”pesa kuja” by sammy kasule in which he mentions something to with ”waganga” in between . you would have truly made my day…………….THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER LINGALA TRACK, MOST LIKLEY 80-81 NOT SURE OF THE TITLE AND ARTIST THOUGH BUT GOES SOMETHING LIKE, ”SULIYA SULIYA, SULIYA SULI SULI…NAMESANA NA NGAI TE O…SULIYA SULIYA YAKA PEMBENI NA NGAI……………….”. am certain one of you music collection aces will get them, thanks dudes and gals.

  120. christ says:

    je voudrais avoir de précision sur le titre élégance jazz ngalula marthe il s’avère que mon agent monsieur ntumba n’est pas dans ces droits.

  121. Mteja says:


    here is Super Mazembe’s “Kayembe”

  122. saminator says:

    mteja, thanks alot for ‘kayembe’. am so glad. do you know of anybody, ntwiga, esororo, daniel or any body who knows the track ”suliya”? i do not quite know the artist though, but first heard it way back in between 80 and 82. also ”pesa kuja”by sammy kasule…….merci beaucoup.

  123. saminator says:

    people, you are not leaving behind replies, what is happening? please keep up the original spirit.

  124. Lydia says:

    People have moved on to the latest thread, so it is still quite active. Just post on the latest and you will most likely get a response to your request.

  125. Lydia says:

    When you go to ntwiga.net/blog scroll down and you will see all the new threads starting with the latest one. There are about 6 that have been started since this one. People will only check on the old threads once in a while.

  126. Lydia says:

    Go to http://www.ntwiga.net/blog. Scroll down and you will find the latest thread at the top. That is where people are currently posting comments. Scroll down for older ones including this one.

  127. saminator says:

    hey lydia, thnx a bunch 4 da direction. u have really made me updated.

  128. bokello says:

    hi all
    anybody with sister ali by virunga and kasuku by mangelepa

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