I know that this has been the buzz of the Internets for a while but I just found about Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit’s free download of his new album “Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit are The Very Best”.

His sound defies description but I like – best way in which I can describe it afro-vocal house meets electronica meets kwaito meets spoken word (yes, its quite a mouthful).

Me likes.

You can read about him on The Fader ( you can find a great primer here and his MySpace page here ) or at a ton of other places including this review at pitchfork.

Esau Mwamwaya & RadioClit - Are the very best (download)<br />

Pick up the free download at this link or by clicking through on the image.

There is an alternate download location at this link on GreenOwl.

via forota.net / Africa: VISUAL_MEDIA.

Kamau’s blog also has a great story about an art installation done in Kibera. Kamau’s blog is a must read.

In other news, BongoCelebrity has a big story ( in Swahili ) on the disbandment(??) of DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra that you can find here. Jeff, can we get a translation please? If this indeed has happened, it is terrible news.

Finally, if you are new to the site or trying to figure out how to do something on the site, please read this.

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  1. Mutunga says:


    You might remember this track called Horoscope by Orchestre Bella Bella. The record was popularly known as “Kidogo tu!” (fast-forward to 04:57 to 05:27) for those of us who rocked to it without caring about or being aware of the official title. And some of the spoken lyrics might have left you speechless (not to say “made you blush”) as the Lingala singer seemed to be saying that word which Kamba men say when they have had one bottle too many. Nay, Soki Vangu wasn’t uttering an obscenity here. I think he was saying the Lingala word for “until” or “up to”, but the lexical item is unprintable in Kikamba or Kikuyu, which made the tune all the more popular in Juke Boxes in Machakos town (1976). Enjoy!

    @Esororo and Dr Nico experts:

    Here’s Aime Zonga. Is Tabu Ley Rochereau the lead vocalist here? I’m puzzled because going by what Stern’s music shop declare, the group is African Fiesta Sukisa and I wonder why Wendo’s self-declared heir would have starred for the opposition :) . Or is the lead vocalist that guy who could imitate the King of Soukouss perfectly? Or are Stern’s music shop trying to spice up their retrocd? Please shed some light …

  2. Mutunga says:


    Or perhaps Soki Vangu was saying “qui dansequi non!” Either way, a drunk Kamba dancer at the Juke Box bar wouldn’t have spotted the difference and thanks to this, record sales chalked up an upswing :)

  3. Lydia says:

    Thanks for the music. I think that one passed me by – I don’t remember it but I am enjoying it now! I can see how some tipsy revelers at a kamandiko could mis-hear! It’s a good one though – very danceable.

  4. kabuga says:

    @Clan Ntwiga,

    Anyone with alita djambala by tpok jazz?

  5. Esororo says:

    @ Daniel

    You are welcome, I am happy that so many of you are enjoying Swining safari. If only tells me that the house is full of old timers.
    Makes feel at home. Thank you.

    @ Mutunga,

    The lead vocalist is Bagayogo Lassana. Tabu Ley had already left and formed his own band at this point. While Tabu was with Dr. Nico the band had only African Fiesta. After Tabu left then they added Sukisa which I think was due to Nico was joined by another band which had Lassana, Mizele, Josky Kiambukuta and Chantal. Remember when Franco died TPOK Jazz had Chaude Ambiance sounding like Franco. Most people thought that it was Franco Unrealised tracks. I think that was what Dr. Nico was trying to do to keep the Tabu Leys’ audience with African Fiesta Sukisa. Even Tabu Ley took Afrisa International name to his band. What does Fiesta sukisa mean?

    Here you can have a dance on me.

  6. Mutunga says:


    Thanks so much for the detailed information. I’ve always known you’re a goldmine of information on Congolese music.
    “sukisa” means “to finish”, “to end” or “bring to an end”.
    The room is the noun “suka” (Lingala for “end”).
    I reckon Dr Nico was sending a message to all musical groups, that his band was in top form. The deeper I get into his guitar playing, the more I see his point. I’ll check out the track you’ve uploaded tomorrow morning when I get back on broadband.

  7. Esororo says:


    alita djambala or Alita Tshamala I dont know which is which but that what I have.


  8. Mutunga says:

    @Esororo: (Re: my comment n° 56):

    I’ve just seen that I typed “room” where I meant to write “root”. Anyway I reckon you got the point, that “sukisa” is derived from “suka”.

  9. Esororo says:

    @ Mutunga

    Thank you my brother.

    When Rochereau split in 1965 he formed African Fiesta National not Afrisa International. Nico reformed his group as African Fiesta Sukisa, which existed until 1973.
    As you said they ruled in the late sixties, with hit after hit. In 1969, the entire band walked out because they felt they weren’t getting their due. But Dr. Nico was not done yet he assembled another band but his days were number as the drinking got the best of him in 1985. ’God of the Guitar’ joined his maker. The real God. RIP Nico.

  10. Esororo says:

    @ Kabuga,

    I don’t forget your promise. “I will be posting sofie from bimalee on my blog later too. It is another classic.”

    What happened? You have too bro.

  11. J says:

    Esororo are u still on putfile? I can’t open your page. Does anyone know how to download from BongoCelebrity? I have real player and itunes but no success. Please help.

  12. kabuga says:


    Pls check my brog. I put up sofie last week.

  13. kabuga says:


    Asante sana ndugu for alita tshamala.

    Hope you’ve dropped at my brog.

    Any chance on ……mbote mbote…… by Afrisa?

  14. Fred says:

    @J, I think Putfile is off the net, I am not sure but I have tried looking for it this is what I get http://www.ebaumsworld.com
    @ Kabuga, is that the name of the song or some chorus in it? I know of a TL track with such a chorus but can not recall the title. I will post it when I get.

  15. Fred says:

    @ Kabuga,
    Title of the song is “Mbote ya Kimwanga”; unfortunately, sendpace could not upload. After several attempts, I gave up. Maybe I will send it to Steven to post here.

  16. saminator says:

    guyz guyz, this link is truly interesting. some sounds i never thought i would hear again, the great names from the past. i have making this requests in the previous but older blogs to know avail but thanks to lydia i can try again.
    the first request is for a song guyz called SULIYA. it’s one great lingala track from way back around 1980/81 which am sure every member would appreciate and love. unfortunately i got to know it while still a kid by then but if only you gem collection aces like esororo, ocan, mutunga, gilly, kingsam and the ntwiga group could know it and lay theit hands on.
    the second request is more clearcut; NISAIDIE, by prof omar and les wanyika in which the members of the band are mentioned. it was truly an amazing track for me, any of you kind guys could get it?
    shukran, merci, natondi bino nyonso.

  17. Robert says:

    @ Lydia,
    Could you please reload Kiam’s Mbale , file is longer available on the link you gave at 11. above

  18. Robert says:

    Hi All,

    Anybody with Lipua Lipua’s “Nala”?

  19. Lydia says:

    @ Robert
    I sure can. I will reload it on the current thread later today along with some of the others you requested that I think I may have grabbed.

  20. Robert says:

    Thanks in advance looking forward to the Lipua Lipua’s gems.

    @ALL Ntwigans

    Remember the group Osibisa? Any of you has the hit “Warrior” it is/was on the Album Ojah Awake?

  21. Great comment, love the design of the site too.

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