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Au Coeur De Septembre (Album Version)
Au Coeur De Septembre (Album Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars La vie etait si tendre au mois de Septembre..., 19 Sep 2014
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My dad never listened to music and when he did, he listened to Nana Mouskouri. I remember playing this song and when he passed away in September, this song is reminiscent of his passage on earth


Diva
Diva
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine melodies and celestial rhytms, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Diva (MP3 Download)
Early pressings show 5 tracks (Ngobila is another album and Ennie is an un-released track). Some say this was his sophomore, while other argues DIVA being the third album. After close listening and judging on the production techniques, DIVA was released before NGOBILA making this effort a well executed effort. The title track is a classic Rumba song with so many beautiful metaphors that guys were known to borrow the lines to woo girls. L'HOMME DE LA RUE is a clever observation on women and money. Without money, you will not have any. He is backed vocally by new comers CHOC STARS (Souci d'été) and DJOSKY "DJO SEX" KIAMBUKUTA (Homme de la rue, Kiki Ewing) and instrumentally by musicians who will in later years form his Quartier Latin. A brilliant album that has not aged and that sets the tone for subsequent works.


Nolesse Oblige
Nolesse Oblige
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5.0 out of 5 stars Papa Plus, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Nolesse Oblige (MP3 Download)
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. After Papa Bonheur, now he calls himself Papa Plus. The album veers away from Koweit Rive Gauche and is similar to the follow up, V12, which improves on NOBLESSE OBLIGE. Every song is a winner, from the opening track to the 10th one. You have a mellow, Soukouss love with "Stephanie" and the floor scorcher "Noblesse Oblige". Koffi Olomide takes his listeners to church with "Evangile". "Classe Tendresse" is another ode to love where Koffi Olomide exceeds in his Lingala poetry with lines like "Cimetiere mpe ezanga chamber" translated as "there is no bedroom in the graveyard". Koffi Olomide has matured on this album, knowing what works for him and making a name for himself throughout the years and becoming a force to be reckon with. Three albums later, he will be crowned as the king of African music when LOI is released at the tail of 1997. Success is a journey indeed...


Ngobila
Ngobila
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Ngobila (MP3 Download)
Koffi Olomide is coming of age with his third ( often disputed as fourth) opus. Most background vocals are courtesy of Djosky Kiambukuta of TP OK Jazz who adds some much needed magic and balance to the first two tracks (Ngobila & Ouragan). "Apostolu ya Bolingo" and "Djena Top Modele" are some fantastic Rumba songs with virtuoso guitar playing. The second part of the album seem to have been recorded later on and have been assembled later on on NGOBILA. They are sub-standard songs but they are regarded as decent work compared to what was popular at the time, with Zaiko Langa Langa and TP OK Jazz dominance in the mid eighties.


Magie
Magie
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing magical about the songs, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Magie (MP3 Download)
Many people have blamed the quality of the mixing for the poor receiving of the album (recorded in the States). Besides the first three songs, most of the song are outdated and hold no replay value. The required "generique" song MAGIE can still make people dance, while SARAH MANSOURI and PETIT NOBLE only makes people feel nostalgic of yesteryear. It looks like anything magical (see ABRACADABRA) doesn't spark any good omen for the artist.


koffi
koffi
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3.0 out of 5 stars Untitled, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: koffi (MP3 Download)
With Youssou N'Dour and Lokua Kanza guest-starring on this album, you would think that this would be an international infused album. It is an average album with too many songs that sound similar. The standout track is the audacious tale of lovemaking "Katagourouma". From start to finish, Koffi Olomide is describing how he is making love to his partner with coded terms and luscious melodies. "Soupou" and "L'eau l'eau l'eau" are nice songs as well as the songs with the aforementioned artists. In 2009, from Nas to R Kelly, everyone has an UNTITLED album. Koffi Olomide, if you believe in Illuminati, did his part for the African branch...


Abracadabra
Abracadabra
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2.0 out of 5 stars No magic at all, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Abracadabra (MP3 Download)
Too long, over indulgent, this is arguably his worst album. Antoine Agbepa aka Koffi Olomide is a giant of African music and a legend in DRC music. But after 30 years of serenading his public, he has lost his focus and rather produce/promote new female songstress, Cindy le Coeur. The same way Franco Luambo Makiadi did with Jolie Detta and Tabu Ley with Mbilia Bel - to an unprecedented and unrivalled success - Koffi is trying to copy the same formula of his predecessors. The result has not convinced me because of the repetitive melodies and chords that are similar to BORD EZANGA KOMBO. Skip all tracks, but Etoile d'Etat.


Effrakata
Effrakata
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another nickname, another album, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Effrakata (MP3 Download)
This album grew on me. On first listen, this was like heard before, done before. However, Koffi Olomide looks up to Franco when he does a monologue on "Gros Bébé" and Swede Swede for the Equateur region traditional music on "Bilan". "Logique" is a beautiful song and "Choc" has since become a staple in Congolese Rumba. For a double album, you are bound across plenty of fillers. If he condensed this to one album (Effrakata, Babou, Gros Bebe, Bilan, Logique, Choc, RAS and Washington), it'll probably get full marks.


Elle et moi (Golden Star)
Elle et moi (Golden Star)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Tsha-Tsho album, 7 Sep 2014
This is the ultimate Tsha-Tsho album that has had the Barry White of Congolese Rumba gain male fans (according to my older siblings). "Coucou" is arguably one of the best Congolese song ever written. "Tsha Tsho du sorcier" sounds dated in today's standard, but "V.I.P." still holds his own with his synth layered production and Carribean guitar strumming. Overall, a brilliant album that brings back joyous memories.


Pas De Faux Pas
Pas De Faux Pas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make no mistake, a good album, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Pas De Faux Pas (MP3 Download)
This is the first album of Koffi Olomide's backing band, Quartier Latin, and it was a winner. Some 20 years later, some of the tracks "Galerie", "Stilla" or "Tsiane" still evokes fond memories of the early 90s. The group has constantly changed members, but Suzuki 4X4, Sam Tshintu and "atalaku" Mboshi who came from Flash Musica have pretty much shaped the sound of the band. Suzuki 4X4 leads on "Galerie" with his plaintive tone and on other covers, various vocalists sing a verse here and there, with Koffi Olomide the main star.

The eternal theme of love is here, the melodies are very punchy and the sebene faster than usual (This is perhaps due to Congo-Brazzaville one-man show Sherman Cota who was very popular at the time of the recording). As with many Rumba albums, they encapsulate a period of time that on first listen to a new fan, outdated. However, this was the template that Quartier Latin used for further albums, culminating with their best offering 6 years later with "Droit de Veto".


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