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Ya Kil "Beautiful music goes beyond language" (Nottingham, UK)

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Shakam
Shakam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shake your money maker, 20 Dec 2014
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The perfect soundtrack to Congolese parties this winter. Dahmu Manero comes back strong after the release of his free EP #BTNN (Bo Tuna Nga Nini - Ask me something)... Delightful.


The Business of the 21st Century
The Business of the 21st Century
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars From Tragic to Magic..., 18 Dec 2014
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Still new to that "business of the 21st century" (no spoilers here) and this book just strengthened my belief that I have made the right choice to move my life forward. My order came with a complimentary cd, so it was nice to hear it from the man himself. If you're fed up with someone telling you what time to wake up, what time to have your lunch or when to take your holidays. If like many people these days, you've had enough of being constantly in arrears with your rent, accumulate never-ending debt and get paid at the end of the month only to be broke 2 weeks later, read on! Have an open mind to the opportunities that can help you change your life!


Stressin
Stressin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Team work makes the dream work, 9 Dec 2014
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Joe Crack The Don has turned into a network marketing professional and this is the song that embodies his new persona. Club ready and full of swag


May the Thoughts Be with You: Ideas and Wisdom to Inspire Your Days
May the Thoughts Be with You: Ideas and Wisdom to Inspire Your Days
by Charlotte Reed
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful mind, 21 Nov 2014
I was looking for a gift for a friend who graduated and I came across it. The drawings are quirky and might look like a children's book, but the positive statements make this book to stand out AND SO WORTH IT. Sometimes, through our darkest hours, we miss to catch a glimpse of our happy moments. This book gives you plenty of those happy quotes that can make a difference in your day. I hope this book opens the mind of its reader in order to search for a more positive outlook on life. If you want to help a friend/relative going through tough times or even to remind yourselves of this gift called life, you can never go wrong since this is the perfect gift... Follow the author on twitter, I've just done that!


Haut de Gamme / Koweït Rive Gauche
Haut de Gamme / Koweït Rive Gauche
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4.0 out of 5 stars Papa Bonheur, 17 Nov 2014
This album featured on a compilation of "1001 albums you must listen before you die". It may not be the best offering by Koffi (LOI, LES PRISONNIERS DORMENT or V12 are far more superior), but it serves as an introduction to his artistry. If you are familiar with the genre, it is not groundbreaking. It is set in a specific era (early 90s) and can only be viewed from that nostalgic prism. However, each track are well crafted with PORTE-MONNAIE, a cleverly written song about the treacherous traits of money and ELIXIR, the perfect ode to a loved one, being my favourite tracks. You will not be disappointed and it is a decent way to introduce Koffi Olomide's music to novices because the album shows an array of his style.


Zaïko Langa Langa au Japon (Nippon Banzaï)
Zaïko Langa Langa au Japon (Nippon Banzaï)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Konichiwa Africa, 17 Nov 2014
The first Zairean/Congolese band to perform in Far-East Asia with a tremendous success and the result was this classic. Nippon Banzai is a compilation of ZLL best hits synthesized to a radio-friendly 3 minutes - as opposed to the 8-9 minutes of the original - that showcased what made them the best musical ensemble of Zaire if not of Africa. The set sounds live, joyous and professional. They will do the same, few years later, with the excellent JETEZ L'EPONGE, but NIPPON BANZAI is a staple in African music and an immeasurable success to cross-over African music to Japan. They paved the way for Papa Wemba a year later and the latter will get inspiration for his SAPE movement from the YAKUZA fashion sense.


Zaiko Langa Langa - Greatest Hits
Zaiko Langa Langa - Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atalaku masterclass, 17 Nov 2014
I learnt how to mix Congolese Sebene music thanks to this infectious non-stop mix. The clever choice of songs, the perfect climax to the sebene and the sheer pace of this cd make it worthwhile. It has been designed to make you dance, forget about the songs, get the respective albums! But if you want to know why 4 decades later, Zaiko Langa Langa remains the quintessential sound of Congolese Sebene, play this gem and your body will thank you for it. A definite party starter and if you are into Congolese Rumba and you cannot move to this, you need an exorcist!


Queen Lina
Queen Lina
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one with BOMENGO ATA KALA, 12 Oct 2014
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Queen Lina is Reddy Amisi of Viva La Musica first solo album. After the success of Stino Mubi with MJ NGOI, Papa Wemba felt that it was safe to let his best songwriter and vocalist to have a go. How thankful are we! Reddy Amisi doesn't focus on the perennial theme of love and rather sings about life, human nature and road to riches stories. This strategy has led them to be hailed as a champion of the underdogs and one of my favourite singer/songwriter. Queen Lina is Molokai style, Viva la Musica version of Rumba with BOMENGO ATA KALA my favourite of the lot. ZAKINA is perfect for weddings and even though the sebene are dated, the parts before (verses & choruses) take you at a time when the country (Zaire) was going through changes with democracy entering the foray. A work of genius nicely crafted that he improved with the second album INJUSTICE and mastered with PRUDENCE (a classic!) Reddy Amisi is a rare breed who shone throughout the 90s and faded at the turn of the 21st century. Nonetheless, QUEEN LINA is where it all started.


Pole Position
Pole Position
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4.0 out of 5 stars Je suis Made in Kin, tu es Made in Kin, etc..., 12 Oct 2014
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One of my favourite song of all time is SOUL GBEMANI. Why? Listen to the production (strings, intricate guitar play and soothing vocals). The whole album is not as great, but the re-working of ENDENA modernised that traditional song and is perfect. The hymn of "sapeurs", KAOKOKOKOROBO, is worth checking out so are OVERDOSE and its intro (known as JINGLE AMINA). This was billed as a Viva La Musica album, released after EMOTION and Reddy Amisi highly successful PRUDENCE, and could have somehow suffered from the success of these releases. Nevertheless, Papa Wemba doesn't disappoint and the entire LP is vintage Molokai music.


Grand Maître Franco & Seigneur Rochereau : Lisanga Ya Banganga
Grand Maître Franco & Seigneur Rochereau : Lisanga Ya Banganga
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 12 Oct 2014
Never before have two of Rumba music legends record together. Hailing from the second generation of Zaire (Congo) music, Franco Luambo Makiadi of TP OK Jazz and Tabu Ley Rochereau of Afrisa (a band formed on the ashes of African Jazz) recorded an album that combined the social commentary of the former to the silky vocals of the latter. This edit comprises tracks of their recordings plus TP OK Jazz songs released around the same time. Every track is a winner and a reminder of the potential of musician's unity and harmony. Production-wise, it is a very much Luambo's record with Tabu Ley lending his voice to the songs. NGUNGI (mosquito in Lingala), KABASELE IN MEMORIAM (dedicated to Grand Kalle Jeff) and LETTRE A DG (Letter to the General Director) are the most relevant whilst LA VIE DES HOMMES and MAKAMBO EZALI BOURREAU (Madilu System singing the lead) are also classics but were not part of the initial collaboration between the two bands. A definite masterpiece!


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