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  • Audio CD (17 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sterns Africa
  • ASIN: B0006IIO72
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Esengo ya mokiliFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Tika kondima na zoloFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Anduku lutshumaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. On entre ok, on sort koFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Tcha tcha tcha de mi amorFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mosala ekomi mpasi embongaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Sansi fingomangomaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bato ya mabe batondi mbokaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Bazonzele mama anaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Bolingo ya bougieFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Ku kisantu kikwenda koFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Tozonga na nganga wanaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Annie ngai nalingaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Marie naboyiFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Boma l'heureFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Nzube oleka teFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Likambo ya nganaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Infidélité madoFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. AzdaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mambu ma miondoFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Minuit éléki leziFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. MabéléFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. KinsionaFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. AlimatouFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Chérie bondowe 2Franco, Le TP OK Jazz 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. LibertéFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 9:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Lisolo ya adamo na nzambéFranco, Le TP OK Jazz 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Nalingaka yo yo teFranco, Le TP OK Jazz10:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By who's nicked my name? on 19 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Finally it seems that this artist - perhaps the most important and genuinely popular African musician of the last half century - is getting the treatment he deserves. The tracks here are all arranged chronologically, starting with his first ever session in 1953 and ending (this Vol. anyway) with a powerfully poignant track from 1980. But the whole thing flows, it's not musicological or academic, and everything just kind of hangs together in a way that makes sense for ears, the mind, the body and all the other parts that music can reach. Plus you get really great little book with some photos and words that nail it down and give you the context. This is what CD compilations SHOULD be like. And there's a Vol. 2 on the way? Too good!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Miller on 16 Jun. 2010
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Franco is along with Fela perhaps the greatest African music star of the last 50 years. And this, along with Volume 2 is a lovingly put together compilation that combines great music with extensive notes on the man and his band as well as the politics that surrounded it.

Franco developed a way of meandering a little at the beginning of his tracks with routine African musical workouts, which would then, after about two minutes explode into the most wonderful grooves. For me 'Lisolo Ya Adamo Na Nzambe' is a terrific example of that style and a personal favourite. The final track 'Nalingaka Yo Te' is an almost trance-like piece which unexpectedly flowers at the end with some rare swirling keyboard sounds and chopped guitar from the great man just as you think it's going to carry on as it has been, ad continuum. Perhaps that track demonstrates best the way Franco can throw surprises into his music when you least expect them.

Volume 2 features his most famous piece 'Mario' but it's unfair to single anything out. There isn't a weak track anywhere to be found.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great addition for African/Afro-pop music lovers 31 Dec. 2008
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some of the best music out there in my opinion comes from africa. I'm especially fond of 70's afro-pop - an era when modern tape machines had made it into studios in the cities but before pop music was so watered down and over produced. this retrospective of Franco covers about 30 years of his career and is a great addition to your African music collection. there is a major influence from Cuban sounds so it was a little surprising to hear that, but since it fuses so well with the African side it makes for a great music and fun listening. there's a nice booklet with history, etc. included.
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A must-have for African music fans 7 Mar. 2009
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This is an amazing, luxurious 2-CD collection of classic work from Congolese guitarist and bandleader Francois Luambo Makiadi (better known as Franco) who led the band TPOK Jazz for several decades, starting in the early 1950s. This retrospective spans from Franco's first recording session in 1953, through the funky, hypnotic grooves of the 1970s and early '80s -- all of it amazing, lovely music. If you want to explore classic African guitar pop, you could start here and be off to a great beginning. Highly recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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absolutely splendid 5 Dec. 2009
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I am a great fan of Tabu Ley Rochereau's music, and Franco is frequently mentioned in this context. This retrospective was really my first exposure to Franco, and I must say it's an absolutely splendid collection. The sound is similar to Tabu Ley's gently lilting rhythms and the etheric guitars and propulsive percussion. Franco is a particularly great guitarist, though, and the music has a kind of psychedelic quality to it that took me completely by surprise.
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I'm a believer! 2 Jun. 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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I had heard people rave about Franco's music for many years, plus a good friend of mine is a huge fan, and like reviewer platija, I'm also like the music of Tabu Ley Rochereau very much. So, with all those factors in play, I thought this compiliation would be a good way to immerse myself in Franco's music. It was ... and more. This 2 CD collection covers a lot of ground, from the early 1950s up till 1980, so there are some definite stylistic changes in Franco's music over the years. The earlier tunes have a more traditional jazz vibe, while the 60s and 70s tracks get into more intricate rythms and the funky side of things. As another reviewer noted, there is also a slight psychedelic feel to a few tracks too. Very, very interesting blend of sounds and styles, and above all, very danceable. I'm now a believer! Thinking of buying this one? It's a great deal. The two CD are packed with generous minutes of music, plus it includes a 48-page booklet with more info on Franco and his career. Well worth getting.
a good place to start 30 April 2014
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There are 3 musicians from this period and place that I adore...Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Sam Mangwana.
Forced to select just one, it would be Franco and Le TPOK jazz. The earlier work has a sweetness, that was perhaps replaced with more polish and confidence in the later years. The mid 70's , for me, were the high point.
This collection gives you a taste and will no doubt inspire further collecting.
Sterns Music have produced so many great albums and may they continue to do so!
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