Friday, June 4, 2010

Tabu Ley Rochereau and Franco

One of the things I've always loved about The Simpsons is the way that the show's storyline is never apparent until about 6-7 minutes in. It's also one of the things I really like about the songs of the legendary Congolese musicians Tabu Ley Rochereau and, especially, Franco. Of course, I like Franco's amazing guitar playing and Tabu Ley's voice even more. From what little I've read, there seems to have been a rivalry between the two, but they did do an album together (Omana Wapi). Continuing on in that spirit, I give you a Tabu Ley/Franco mixtape. (And if you're new to Tabu Ley and Franco, I'd highly recommend the 2 cd comps of each put out by Stern's Music.)

Keyla Tabu Ley Rochereau
Bolingo ya bougie Franco
Ibeba Tabu Ley Rochereau
Ekoti Ya Neube Franco
Na Bosani Yo Te Franco
Londende Tabu Ley Rochereau
Lisanga Ya Ba Nganga Franco And Rochereau
Bazonzele Mama Ana Franco
DJeke Tabu Ley Rochereau
AZDA Franco
Mireille Mwana Tabu Ley Rochereau
Nalembi Nalembi Tabu Ley Rochereau
Sandoka Franco


Anonymous said...

Once again you did a good job...What's your secret?

BTW,a mixtape of ORCHESTRA BAOBAB,Senegal's pride & joy would make my day!


Ishkabibliophile said...


No secret - just semi-clean living. :) As for Orchestra Baobab, I'm a newbie - any recommendations for places to start?

Anonymous said...


you just can't dit down when those vets play...

incredible,they were still stars some 40 years ago when i was a kid in Dakar,Senegal.Their guitarist is tremendous.

Here's a part of their discography,i'm sure some records are available in the US of A;don't hesitate,you're in for a treat,it's the inimitable sound of ex French Western Africa!

Anonymous said...

sorry,here's the (uncomplete,they cut tons of songs but for the Senegalese market!)discography!