“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

- Kimberly Johnson

I’m sorry.

Now that we have that out of the way, straight to business.

It is only appropriate, then, that we kick this off with a track from Matata. Their track “Return to you” from their debut album “Independence” is often overlooked for better know tracks like “I feel funky” and Getting together.

Matata - Independence  Matata - Independence

ntwiga.net Matata – Return to you

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for hanging around while I was doing what I had to do.

Hopefully, balance and sanity can now be restored to the universe.


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189 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    @Lydia,
    How deep are ur mines? good job girlfriend! that’s exactly what I’m talking about – going back in time and space and jogging memory. Our mines are probably all well endowed, but folks fear people might already have what they post.

    Sorry Tina,

    I can’t have the rest of the comment or those links stay up.

    - Steve

    H’ve a great wkend

  2. Arnol_79 says:

    @ All

    Wanted – “Nzazi” and “Botutu” orch. karamba
    I’ve been looking for some time without any results. I appreciate your responses thanks a lot

  3. Tsango says:

    @ Robert
    Here is your request though it is parts 1 & 2 together
    Ndona by Orch Veve: http://www.sendspace.com/file/n2ymlq

  4. Jaribu says:

    @Arnol
    Orch. Karamba – Nzazi = http://www.sendspace.com/file/dze8vx
    Orch. Karamba – Botutu = http://www.sendspace.com/file/mhvrnt

  5. Jay says:

    @ALL. We lost Gregory Isaacs!!! RIP.

  6. Lydia says:

    Hey Tina
    The mines are getting pretty deep, but this is really only so because of joining up with all the good people on this forum that Steve has provided us -Thank you so much Steve…. before it was such hard labor to get any of the music we grew up listening to and now voila! A request usually does it!
    Plus let’s not forget the other goldmines out there like Likembe, Worldservice, Global groovers, Afroslabs….just to name a few!

  7. Gilbert says:

    Hi all

    Anyone out there who can post Mwana Mawa of Grand Piza. Am Gilbert.

  8. Gilbert says:

    I have been looking for the following music for a long time without success:

    Yami by Soul Brothers
    Tika Na Lela by Shika Shika
    Mama Fefe by Shika Shika
    Wenzangu Nawauliza by Western Jazz Band
    Fujo Nyumbani by Western Jazz Band
    Anyone out there who can post, I’ll be grateful.

  9. Egoing says:

    @Jay

    Hi. Good to hear from you, again. Sorry for the loss of Gregory Isaac.

    @ Gilbert
    To be also a good clansmate, once in a while, dig into your gold mine, and as well come with something for the brethren to share as well.

    Here is Tika Nalela by Shika Shika. http://www.sendspace.com/file/d0q7hz
    Sure if you as well reciprocate, in case you have what we as well long for, others are coming also.

  10. Arnol_79 says:

    @ Jaribu

    thank you very much, it has long sought these tracks.

  11. Tsango says:

    @ Gilbert
    Here is one of your requests – Mwana Mawa by Grand Piza. It was a memorable mid 70s Congolaise release. I particularly enjoyed the bass guitar work somewhere in part 2. It resembled the finesse of the great bassist, Nsilu wa Bansilu Manitcho of the Veve and later Bana Ngenge fame.
    Mwana Mawa Pt 1: http://www.sendspace.com/file/7p8jsj
    Mwana Mawa Pt 2: http://www.sendspace.com/file/eie4s7

  12. gilly says:

    @Gilbert

    Western Jazz Band (Wana Saboso) was very popular early 1970s. The group was based in Dar Es Salaam under leadership of Wema Abdullah. Their popular hits include Rosa, Jela ya Mapenzi, Vigelegele, Kubadili dini, Sadaka, and your request, Fujo Nyumbani.

    Fujo Nyumbani: http://www.sendspace.com/file/m9dv6e

    @Tsango, Egoing
    Thanks the above posts. I was looking for Tika Nalela for years.
    @All
    I am reactivating my request for Kabibi, Zaina and Mama Niache Niteseke by Les Wanyika. Can anyone help please?

  13. Jaribu says:

    @Tsango,
    I have read in several places about the origins of Bana Ngenge, especially the fact that they were “poached” from Veve. However, I have no clue as to which members came from Veve but I now know that Nsilu came from Veve, thanks to you. He indeed was a great bassist. I am still on the look out for a clean version of Nairobi so I can hear, with clarity, his bass lines. He was at his best on this tune.

  14. Robert says:

    @Tsango

    Merci beaucoup!

  15. Egoing says:

    @Fred
    The hunt is on for the whole of that video and also other jewels, which our ordinary mines have failed to yield.

  16. Tsango says:

    @ Jaribu
    Yes, Nsilu wa Bansilu Manitcho was a cardinal member of Orchestre Veve, and was voted the best bassist in DRC (then Zare) in 1975. If you listen carefully to Veve track “Zpnga Andowe’ somewhere towards the end of side I as well as the beginning of side II you would here Manitcho being mentioned. Ikomo Djodjo was also a member of Orchestre Veve. One cannot, for example, fail to recognise his heavy baritone voice in the chorus of “Zonga Andowe.” Whilst with Orchestre Veve he composed “Kanyuka” which was redone as “Kayumba” with Bana Ngenge (I posted the two songs a couple of months ago). Beya Maduma aka Moro Maurice of “Nairobi” fame was the composer of the Veve hit song “Yanini”. I am relentlessly still trying to home-in on a clean copy of “Nairobi’ and when I do, I will post. The song occupies a very special space in my heart – my being – it rekindles fond memories of my youthful and fast fading weekends at Park Inn full of Bana Ngenge fun – those were the weekends.

  17. Tsango says:

    @ All
    Here is a mixed collection for your weekend listening. Enjoy!
    Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas: http://www.sendspace.com/file/a62scz
    Dance the Kung Fu by Carl Douglas: http://www.sendspace.com/file/7yi3fd
    Kipande Cha Papa by Jamhuri Jazz: http://www.sendspace.com/file/t3w4re
    Rufaa ya Kifo by Dar International: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6nxy5m
    George Jasare by John Junior: http://www.sendspace.com/file/f2tro9
    Jela by Ochieng’ Kabaselleh; http://www.sendspace.com/file/5u5dt0

  18. gilly says:

    @All
    Theo Blaise Kounkou from Congo was very popular circa 1980. African music fans do remember his all-time hit song ‘L’Eden’ posted in this blog several times. His other composition including Mbana, Zenaba, Mwana Djambala etc also bring back good memories. Listening to these tracks makes me remember the VOK era, DJ Eddy Fondo, Mr. Rrright on the mic. Does anyone know the whereabouts of this legendary radio presenter?

    Have an enjoyable weekend:
    Mbana: http://www.sendspace.com/file/jjs5zo
    Zenaba: http://www.sendspace.com/file/drvqve
    Mwana Djambala: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ugwp4m

  19. Gilbert says:

    Thanks a lot for Tika Na Lela and Jujo Nyumbani. Still looking forward to Yami and Wenzangu Nawauliza. I should be able to reciprocate when I master the art. Long live every body.

  20. Gilbert says:

    Also longing for Sambela Nzambe and Olinga Olingate of Orch. Conga International.

  21. Fred says:

    @ All:
    Some singles that may interest you.
    Orchestre Zaiko Langa-Langa – Sikenebe: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6o4am5
    Simaro & TP OK Jazz – Makambo: http://www.sendspace.com/file/17kqb6
    Verckys & L’Orchestre Veve – Billy: http://www.sendspace.com/file/lpp2l0
    Verckys & L’Orchestre Veve – Ah Mokili: http://www.sendspace.com/file/bhyxjz
    Les Babongo Stars – Sim sehnor: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6ipy0q
    Unknown band – Auma: http://www.sendspace.com/file/lb4ut9
    Orchestre Empire Bakuba – Naleli: http://www.sendspace.com/file/tefb1w

  22. Jaribu says:

    @ Fred,
    The song Auma you posted above is by Orch. Bana Likasi, a band that is/was synonymous with Orch. Super Mazembe.

  23. Fred says:

    Angélique Kidjo – Wombo Lombo: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1b7qam
    Anna Mwale – Excuse Me: http://www.sendspace.com/file/e4qtbg

  24. DOKOTOLOLAWI says:

    @gilly..
    yeah Mr Rigggght on the Mic is very healthy n kickin..i actually talked to him yesterday on his Cellphone n i can assure u he was refreshingly boisterous/He is somewhere down in those sides of Giriama where he hails from and am sure he is sampling Masanga to the Max……See Fondo would never open his Mouth on the Mic Without being a bit chemically challenged.
    @ALLLLLL
    AZANGAI from KIAM and KALISA from STUKAS MOMOMBO….Appreciations to anyone who might have them in their mines
    MERCI MINGI BAKAMARADE

  25. kabuga says:

    @ALL, The AUMA Fred posted sounds quite different from the other version featuring Lovy and orch. SM.

  26. kabuga says:

    @Fred, You have blown me away with less babongo stars!!!! FANTASTIC!!! I had forgotten this rhythmic song. That was the time of VOK in Kenya.

  27. gilly says:

    @DOKOTOLOLAWI

    Thanks for the update on Mr Rrright. Next time I visit Nairobi I gonna smoke him out of his masanga and nyama choma caves!

    ALL
    Here is Tabuley et Mblia Bel, avec Modero Mekanis, Pompon Kuleta and Dodo Munoko. Great team!
    Mr. Maloba: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ej82c2
    Nalingi yo Lingangai: http://www.sendspace.com/file/bylho4
    Ma File: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ostrb8
    Enjoy !

  28. Jaribu says:

    @ Kabuga,
    There are two Auma’s floating out there: one is by Super Mazembe and the other is by Bana Likasi (an off-shoot of Super Mazembe). The one Fred posted is by Bana Likasi, to the best of my knowledge.

  29. mang says:

    @gilly;

    nice post on Tabu Ley;

    the 1st one should be titled; Tabu Ley – Monsieur Malonga

  30. saminator says:

    @ all,

    who has ever heard franco’s KIMPA KISANGAMENI? what language was that? definitely not lingala…..somebody please post it and tell us what lingua it was sung in.

  31. Mutunga says:

    @saminator:

    KIMPA KISANGAMENI is sung in KIKONGO, which is spoken largely in the South-Western area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I believe KIKONGO was the mother mother tongue for most of TP OK JAZZ’s musicians including NTESA, JOSKY KIAMBUKUTA and the Grand Maître himself. Franco included quite a number of KIKONGO folks songs in his repertoire. However, Congolese musicians mainly composed in Lingala to create a sense of national identity beyond the tribal units.

  32. James Carlos Kilai says:

    @Saminator:I have a stream of Kimpa Kisangameni s’where and I’ll definitely post it on Monday.

  33. saminator says:

    @ mutunga, “congolese musiians mainly composed in lingala to crete a sense of national identity beyomd the tribal units”…a good piece, i’d also add, to reach out to a wider audience, make more money in the process, although i believe composers then were more into the joy of creating music, than making money.

    @ kilai, thanks, i’l be waiting.

  34. James Carlos Kilai says:

    @Saminator: The ite today was chaotic……it was returning all my postings as spam!

  35. James Carlos Kilai says:

    @Saminator: Finally, U can listen to the chartbuster – Kimpa Kisangameni – http://www.sendspace.com/file/e6lras

  36. saminator says:

    @ kilai,
    thanks for that wonderful piece…it surely was a chart buster; one of franco’s best ever. natondi yo mpo na miziki ya feu luambo luanzo makiadi, melesi mingi.

  37. James says:

    @The Clan: Is there anyone who has the tracks Safari Ya Samburu by John Ngereza & Nimebaki Upweke by the same artist? Please make my weekend memorable by posting the tracks here. Nitashukuru sana!

  38. Lolut Akwende Mayai says:

    Please use Mediafire. These Sendspace links expire too soon. Bw. Ntwiga would you post a small message on the front page on the hosting services available ? I find mediafire, fileserve even old favorites megaupload to be more reliable. Adrive is also free and more reliable than Sendspace.

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