Thanks to David Ochan, the much-sought after Sambuluma has been found.

Having never heard this particular track before, I have to let you know that for some reason, listening to it reminded me of an old Les Wanyika favourite of mine, Sina Makosa. Between the “in your face” horn section right at the introduction with the pause for dramatic effect followed by the bit when Tabu Ley does a line and horn punctuates, to the “ele le le lei lei le le li lo” chant, it seems clear to me where Les Wanyika received their inspiration for the opener to Sina Makosa from.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Tabu Ley Rochereau – Sambuluma pt. 1

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Tabu Ley Rochereau – Sambuluma pt. 2

And as an extra bonus, here is Asambalela
East African rhumba circa 1970/1980Tabu Ley Rochereau – Asambalela

Sorry about that folks, the link to Asambalela is now fixed. However, sitewide file sharing is down. For right now, you can find the file at this link

– Steve

One of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation about this track in the last post for me is the realization that there is a dire need for this music to be documented. Even the best discographies out there are incomplete for many artists who performed in East Africa over the middle part of the last century and it will be a terrible loss if it comes to pass that the music and the context in which it was made and enjoyed is just forgotten.

Enjoy the tracks and please post to thank David for providing these gems that I had never heard before and Daniel for asking for them.

Finally, if you are new to the site or trying to figure out how to do something on the site, please read this.

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  1. Rico says:

    Gasp !!! Steve, Asambalela was tasting so good, but there’s only 30 seconds of it. Please keep on posting this kind of so good music you made made me discover like all the congolese bands of Kenya and Tanzania

    Sorry about that, the track is now fixed.

    – Steve

  2. Alias Mavatiku says:

    [1st post => the usual caveats/disclaimers – be gentle, blah, blah, blah :-)]
    I’ve just discovered this blog in the last week – what a treat! From this long-time lover of “Congolese” music – THANK YOU Steve and all contributors!!
    – Dan Kuteesa & esp. David Ochan: Thanks for bringing “Sambuluma” to the net. FINALLY! – I’ve literally been looking for it for *decades*!
    – Minor correction – Dan: the tune “Fifi” that you uploaded for David is actually by Veve, not Les Kamale (although I believe Kamale was one of the bands produced by Veve)
    – David: Once I get the hang of this blog (I dig myself out of a boatload of work), I’ll upload my modest Les Kamale collection: Masudi, Masua, Ayi Djo, Abissina, Amba, Assana Muana Mawa. And a few Lipua-Lipuas if there’s interest. (to me they’re the same band, although the post-Nyboma Lipua-Lipua sounds different vocally as Vata Mombassa takes on more leadership. Nyboma’s voice is unique)
    – To Steve/all: I haven’t yet got the hang of navigating/searching this blog. So if any of those Kamale tunes have already been shared – please let us know how to find them.
    – Finally – a request: The last 2 songs still open on my decades-old wishlist are “Mosolo” by Tabu Ley (the original, not the truncated later version on “Babeti Soukous”) and “Mombassa Pt 2″ by Lipua-Lipua. Any donors out there?

    Bill Muyanja
    Alias “Mavatiku”

  3. Mutunga says:

    @Steve, David and Daniel:

    Over here in Italy we say “Grazie di cuore”. Thank you very much.


    You asked what Franco’s vocalists were singing about in Manguta. You won’t have to wait much longer. Click here to check out the lyrics and the free English translation.

  4. gilly says:

    @ Mutunga,

    Manguta is getting even deeper to my heart after that translation.
    You deserve my appreciation brother!

  5. Mutunga says:


    You’re welcome. Thanks to you for making the track available.

  6. joji says:

    @ Mutunga
    Click here to check out the lyrics and the free English translation.

    Kitu kimoja tu : shukrani za dhati!
    Your ‘translation” is very much appreciated!

  7. zim says:

    Hi Steve,

    thanks to you and Daniel for this track. i totally agree about the need for the music to be documented. as part of that effort – do you or Daniel have any discographic info on these songs (which LP or single they came from? Year if its on the label, etc.)

  8. Daniel says:

    Zim: I’m amazed that there is no record of this song that I know about, even after my extensive search. No mention in any of Tabu Ley’s biographies, which is such a shame, because as you must have heard for yourself, this was the premier party song back in the day.

    Mavatiku: Thanks for the correction. I haven’t really been a Lingala/African music afficionado in the past but this blog has been very educative and has re-awakened an interest in African music that I took for granted growing up in Kampala/Nairobi.

    Rico: Re: Asambalela, a ‘live’ version of this song was posted by Peter back on Sept 22 (below)

    Finally, some months back I was doing a general search on the net for “Sambuluma” and that search brought up this blog and a comment made by Samuel (Samwiri) on May 16 about a “track in the early 70’s which went Sambalala Sambuluma eh ehe…anyone know the track?” After reading through the discussion on intellectual property initiated by a fellow countryman Ssembonge (remember that?) and realizing that this was a treasure trove of old hard-to-find African music, I decided that this site was worth bookmarking. And I have not been disappointed! So I must credit Samuel with making the comment that led me to this site, that eventually led to David Ochan digging into his treasure chest! Samwiri, I know you are as ecstatic as I am about this discovery!

    My wife has a pretty good African music collection and I will try and post what I can if I have it.

    Thanks ALL for your particpation and your willingness to share!

  9. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Cheza wewe! I can’t beleive this no no no no! You are a miracle worker. I never thought I will ever find this song. It is gong onto my ipod straight away. You see my first ever concert I went to in Uganda with my parents in 1973 was by Tabu Ley and this song stayed in my head from then. I was 7 years. My dad was a musician, Israel Magembe, and he used to knock around with these guys including Franco. He used to have a huge collection of records which was lost in the troubles. I remeber the torusers – bell bottoms and the platforms. All the memories come flooding back. Last poster, you are right I am ecstatic and crying! Steve asante sana.

  10. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Where in Kamapla/Uganda do you hail from? I also have a few CDs but have not yet got the hang of this uploading thing. One of these days I will set aside the time to do it. This blog is unique. To those who argue about intellectual property rights, I say to them if people llike Steve do not do what they do then this music will be lost forever. Over here in Northern England all my friends get amazed at the music when they come to my and the next thing they do is they buy CDs of African music. My dauthers can sing these songs because they are all I play in my car. My aim is to ensure that they grow up to love and spread this music as that will help the young African musicians. What can be wrong with that. And one of them is very muscal as well. The problem todays music is so non-descript.

  11. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Have you got Maze by Tabuley, the long version which breaks out into a dance chorous – L ilove you, baby touch me etc?

  12. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Bill Muyanja

    I cant wait for you to upload those Les Kamale tunes. This blog is taking on a life of its own.

    Thanks Steve

  13. Esororo says:

    @ David

    Thank you for Sambuluma first to hear it.

    Thank s again

  14. kabuga says:


    Thanks for reactivating this very important blog. It is so re energised.

    @ alias mavatiku,

    Welcome to the fold.

    Pls start with amba and masua. I lost my copies late last year in a comp crash.

    Also, anyone with TBK’s l’eden and gemille kindly post. Also Bopol’s “because no money”.

    Also, pls check on these two blogs – and

  15. Daniel says:

    Samwiri, I was about to post ‘Maze’ when I realized that the version I have is the short one that ends just before “I love you, baby touch me.” Thanks Esororo, I will replace my version with yours. By the way, cool house :) Check this one out!

    It’s small world. I saw the same Tabu Ley concert on UTV in 1973 (black and white in those days) and he must have done such a good job of it that the memory sticks out in both our minds all these years! Bell bottoms, platforms and those dancers!!!

    I was born at Mengo Hospital in Kampala. Our family left ‘UG’ in a hurry in late 1973 after my dad, Rev. John Wilson found himself on Idi’s short list. After a 2 year stay in the US, we moved to Nairobi which became home for the next 14 years. Nakasero Primary, Kilimani Primary, Lenana School, Strathmore college and finally California State University Los Angeles. I mention these because I’m sure I have friends/acquaintances reading this blog (or will be soon, the rate at which we are going). I definately plan to spread the word.

    One thing I appreciate about this site is the genuine African courtesy that you all exhibit as you interact with each other. This is how it should be. UMOJA!

  16. Daniel says:

    Samwiri, I was about to post ‘Maze’ when I realized that the version I have is the short one that ends just before “I love you, baby touch me.” Thanks Esororo, I will replace my version with yours. By the way, cool house :)

    It’s small world. I saw the same Tabu Ley concert on UTV in 1973 (black and white in those days) and he must have done such a good job of it that the memory sticks out in both our minds all these years! Bell bottoms, platforms and those dancers!!!

    I was born at Mengo Hospital in Kampala. Our family left ‘UG’ in a hurry in late 1973 after my dad, Rev. John Wilson found himself on Idi’s short list. After a 2 year stay in the US, we moved to Nairobi which became home for the next 14 years. Nakasero Primary, Kilimani Primary, Lenana School, Strathmore college and finally California State University Los Angeles. I mention these because I’m sure I have friends/acquaintances reading this blog (or will be soon, the rate at which we are going). I definately plan to spread the word.

    One thing I appreciate about this site is the genuine African courtesy that you all exhibit as you interact with each other. This is how it should be. UMOJA!

  17. Daniel says:

    Oops! Sorry about the double posting. Delete one if you can Steve (I was trying to import the photo linked below and pressed the send button twice by accident. I was so impressed with Esororo’s house on his webpage that I had to show you how we do it in Wankwaale):

  18. David Ochan says:

    We should send our thanks and appreciation to Steve for setting up this site and availing us the opportunity to rewind our youthful years through these music.
    The rest of us are just fitting in the jigsaw by contributing what we have.
    Some Congolese friends of mine in London here claim that Mobutu imposed some sort of “Foreign Currency” tax on the musicians in the early 70’s. As a result, some of them go out for a tour and record their chart toppers there and avoid the tax in Zaire.
    If that is true, then it might explain why some very good songs are not documented and hard to find.

  19. Fred says:

    David, thanks a bunch for the Sambuluma track. It reminded me of my early teens (1973) when Tabu Ley visted Uganda and blasted his music. I was young so I never got to see the live shows but it was telecast on TV live. Sambuluma was the best song he played with his dancers doing the magic that mesmerized the youth. I was in high school then. Thanks again.

    About TBK’s – L’eden , I have a scratched copy that I can upload. It is not so bad but how does one do so on this blog? I will upload it to putfile and place a link here.

  20. Daniel says:

    It appears that Sambuluma has caused quite a stir. David you are a star! Could it be that you were the only person on the planet who had it? Yet plenty of people had heard it back in the day and remembered it with fondness. I sent my brother Moses a copy via e-mail and he posted it on Waves of happy responses are just beginning to roll in. As a result one of the readers there sent me this track by Josky and Madilu (I remembered a discussion about Josky on stream 321, this one is 322, check your url at the top). You guys will want to hear this, the sound quality is excellent! Enjoy!

    Coeu – Josky & Madilu

    Steve, as always, thanks for hooking us up! You’re a star in your own right.
    Details on how to upload music coming up.

  21. Daniel says:

    It goes without saying, this is the most time I have ever spent on any blog in my whole life (save those Obama-bashing/Palin-praising blogs where I am compelled to dish out some harsh logic to some mis-guided individuals who I feel are responsible for the sad state of our economy and are now threatening to give us four more years of the same. But let’s ignore politics for now, and my obviously biased opinions and get back to the one thing we can all agree upon, these delicious East African oldies and how to share them).

    I’ve looked at a number of different file-sharing technologies and it appears to me that the best way to upload and share large music files that can be downloaded is Sendspace (compliments of the contributors to this blog). I’m using Audacity for a number of other operations, including splicing, editing, extending, fading in & out etc (basically anything you can play on your computer can be recorded with Audacity, and this is what I used to record some tracks on Esororo’s webpage. I think Mutunga already submitted something on that, he’s really ahead of the game. I find that this is the best tool for digitizing music from vinyl or cassettes. The sound quality of the result is better than the original, and it’s free!). But to keep it simple, if you have a track to upload, make sure it is in mp3 format (for size reasons, and Audacity can help here too), sign up with Sendspace (Sendspace ‘Lite’ is free), they will send a confirmation e-mail to your mailbox, click on the confirmation link in that e-mail and you’re ready to go. Sign in and upload the track after you’ve located it on your computer (the instructions are pretty intuitive so I won’t waste space with the details). Once it’s uploaded, a confirmation e-mail is sent to your mailbox which contains a link to the track that you can copy directly from the e-mail into this blog. Or you can just forward the e-mail to whoever you want to get a copy of the track. Voila! If anybody has an easier way to do this please post it, I’m sure there are a number of ways to do this. I hope this has been helpful.

    I’m looking forward to hearing some of your contributions once you get around to it. I’ve built up a pretty decent collection already!

  22. Nobrun says:


    ‘Sambuluma’ is indeed a rare find. Wow. It’s been decades. Thanx for keeping these tunes alive.

  23. Fred says:

    Loooks many people are looking for oldies. Try this link for a few more.

  24. Fred says:

    Loooks like many people are looking for oldies. Try this link

    for a few more.

  25. John B. says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! It is just as I remember it, including the great guitar solo on the B side (but the sax solo toward the end is great too!)

  26. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    Sambuluma has got poeple going on the blog. While you are at it can yu please repost Pamela by Les Wanyika? Ta

    Your life story kind of mirrors mine. My folks also had to flee for a while but my Aunt Florence Lubega had to flee for more than 20 years. Any way, I was too born at Mengo hospital. My mum was nurse. Went to Namirmebe Infants, then Buloba boarding, then St Marys Kisubi then Kings College, Makerere and then Staffordshire University. I stayed in the north of England and now have a family with three beautiful girls, 3,5 and 9.


  27. Samwiri says:

    Asante sana bwana. It is going on to my ipod straight away. I am going to be stumping on peoples feet on the tube in London listening to my tunes. In fact I think we need to try and arrange a grand East/Central African reunion dance where only these tunes are palyed – a full weekend party! What say you people? Cheza cheza!.

  28. Samwiri says:

    Have you got the Les wanyika one on sendspace as well. I cant seem to download from putfile.


  29. Daniel says:

    The world is getting smaller and smaller. Samwiri, I’m sure we have more things in common (and Fred too) that we shall discover as we go along. I’m quite sure that there are others who remember that Tabu Ley concert as vividly as we do. Now if only there was a way to dig up the telecast from the UTV archives dating back to 1973!!! That would be the true miracle. Does anybody have that kind of clout?

    It was common back in the day of the single (’45) to cut up a lengthy song into two parts, Pt1 on side A and Pt 2 on side B. I was able to join Pt1 and Pt2 of Sambuluma into one seamless track (you wouldn’t know that it was in two parts). I’m working on restoring some of the original quality to it as well. If anybody is interested let me know I will post it when I’m done. Daniel

  30. Fred says:

    I had a friend working in UTV who once promised to dub that Tabu Ley concert but we lost touch; and now UTV was disbanded and relocated, I am not sure where I could begin.

    Dan, I would certainly be interested in a restored high quality track.

  31. Lydia says:

    @David and Blog family

    Thanks so much for sharing this music so that it never dies. Everyones contributions are very much appreciated, your sharing keeps the music and artists memories alive. My appreciation of the music has grown and also my music collection.

    Thanks so much

  32. Esororo says:

    @ Samwiri

    Pamela – Les Wanyika

  33. Alias Mavatiku says:

    @ Dan

    Thanks for the pointers to Audacity & Sendspace! I’m checking out Audacity and I like what I see/hear so far. While it’s not likely to pry me away from my longterm audio editor (Goldwave, for which I have a perpetual license), it looks like an excellent recommendation for a freeware editor

    @ kabuga

    I’ve uploaded my current copies of Amba & Masua to sendspace. I’ll likely update them though as I discover new collections via this blog (like Esororo’s and dekcol’s) that may have higher quality copies. You need something like Audacity or Goldwave though to capture the streaming audio from accounts like Esororo’s or dekcol’s:


    My updated wishlist:
    – Mombassa – *FOUND!* (thanks to Esororo!)
    – Mosolo – Tabu Ley (original copy, not the “Babeti Soukous” version)
    – Chakula kwa Jirani – *NEW ADD* – Mbaraka Mwinshese/Tabora Jazz


  34. Esororo says:

    @ Mutunga

    Here is Ngungi (”mosquito”) for your file I thought I save you some time.

  35. David Ochan says:

    Mavatiku Visi
    Dekcol Putfile is my site. Feel free to go in there. I keep on adding music every other week, so check it up.

  36. Alias Mavatiku says:

    @ David

    Great site! I’ll keep checking the site. I noticed you have a couple of Mbaraka Mwinsheshe tunes – any chance you can get your hand on “Chakula kwa Jirani”? :-) It was your site that inspired me to add it to my wishlist – one of my all-time favorites although I’d forgotted about it.


  37. Mutunga says:

    Thanks for posting the link to Mwanasimba’s collection of Lingala oldies. I’ve just been there and grabbed Orchestre Vévés Katenga,an old favourite of mine that I haven’t heard for ages. It just reminds me of some wonderful slow dancing with the young lasses at Machakos Girls’ School (a.k.a “California”). Those were the days! (late 1970s).


    Thanks, Brother! I’ll reciprocate.


    Thanks, sister. I’ll post something for you soon. I hope all’s well with your family. Nadhani Mwamerika alitoa mahari ama sivyo maneno yake yatachunguzwachunguzwa.

  38. Fred says:

    Putfile files download to the “Temporarly Internet Files” folder as they play; unless it is a stream. You do not have to capture the audio. In your browser, Go to Tools>Internet Options; when there chlick on “Settings” in Browsing History section(second section from top in – IE 7 or IE 8).
    Click Settings>View files. This will pull up the folder that stores Internet files. First, delete all files in this folder then go to putfile and click on the track you want; as it plays watch the download bar. When download is complete go to the folder and “Sort them by size”. Media files are generally large, so they will be at the top(the extension also shows as .wma or .mp3 etc). Copy the files and paste them in another folder. The file names will look like this “1202092920video1234sslash6813481160[1]”. You have to rename the file. If the file is tagged, the real name will show in properties, if not tagged you have to figure out its name. This works very well for me. Good luck.

  39. Samuel (Samwiri) says:

    You are a star. Another one for my ipod.

    I am sure e will find out we have alot in common.

    Blog family,
    While driving back from work this evening listening to this wonderful music through the Peak District National Park (check it out on Google earth), I had a thought, how about we organise a dance, get togehter for a East and Central African Dance to celebrate the music of Tz, Ky, Ug and Zaire and play only the songs up to say 1990. Two solid days of dancing, mukyomo and African beer, just a dream I know but if it came to pass it would be one hell of a party!


  40. David Ochan says:

    @ Mavatiku,
    Yes I have Chakula kwa Jirani. I also have others like KITENGE YA CHIKUKUU, Tucheze Chengere, etc.
    Send me your email and I post them direct to you.

    Yesterday I met an old friend who use to work for UTV and Radio Uganda. He is now here (London) with the BBC African Service.
    He told me a lot of the archive of UTV and RU were looted and destroyed in the 1979 War. But fingers crossed, he will try to retrieve the Tabu Ley 1973 Show in Kampala. He will try with both UTV and BBC.
    Let us hope and pray.

    @Blog Family
    Thanks all for the Sambuluma compliments. When Daniel improves the quality then we should each have a copy.

  41. Daniel says:

    Oops! Now the pressure is on to get something better out of that timeless classic. Still, gives me an opportunity to learn more about sound editing. I’ll keep you posted. Getting a copy of that old Tabu Ley telecast is something I never thought would ever be possible. I give you props my friend. You’re a modern day magician.

    Here I am spending time recording Putfile tracks in real time when all I needed to do was check my temporary internet files folder! Thanks for the tip!

    I did visit Machakos Girls school as a member our Jr. debating society during my ‘Changes’ days (somewhere around 1981). Your comment brought a smile to my face. Then I thought about Kenya High School, then State House girls, then Limuru Girls, then another girl’s school in Limuru where they wore red (I forget the name). Then I smiled even more. We can go on and on. Ah yes, I remember the good old times! But in case this comes back to me, meeting my wife (product of Namasagali) was the best thing that ever happened to me. You can quote me on that! :)

  42. Daniel says:

    By the way, here’s an old Daudi Kabaka hit for Daudi Kabaka fans:

    Daudi Kabaka: Pole Musa

    Also ‘Kadongo kamu” enthusiasts from Ug might appreciate this one:

    Bulyose Nebukya:

  43. ricky says:

    sorry guys and ladies. i had assumed that everyone could download as fast as I do.

    I have a free sostware called ” flashget” that gives you an option to download a file you place your mouse pointer to. Although with putfile you have to rename the stringfile. ( ie address bar displays the real name, so copying and pasting onto the string file is a lott faster). Before one could do the same to yuotube files but I think Google shut out that backdoor.

    does anyone have mimi by tabu lay this came out a year after sambuluma?

  44. Daniel says:

    Ntwiga Blog family
    My wife gives credit to this blog site for awakening an interest in old African music that I never had before. The best way to find out what is going on and who is who (if you have the time) is to start at the beginning and ‘page forward’ until you get to the most recent page. I’ve developed a new admiration and respect for your contributors, Steve, many of whom have a wealth of education, knowledge and experience on issues other than music that I feel would be very instrumental in (re)building Africa and bringing it into the ‘1st’ world were we all to pick up and return to the motherland. I’ve enjoyed reading everybody’s postings and finding out a little about their histories. I would like to hear some more on your history, Steve; you’re very articulate (and wise) in your presentation and I’m sure we all appreciate your foresight in starting up this blog site.

    I like your idea about an East and Central Dance weekend, if only gas prices would go down and airline tickets to the UK became cheaper. That would be excellent. I also have relatives in London (and I’m sure we all do) who would want to attend. Keep the thought alive though. I’m sure if it did become a reality many of our readers would make the effort.

    @David Ochan
    Would you post a direct link to your webpage at Putfile? I’m having problems accessing it. Thanks!

    Seems Mimi (Ley?) by Tabu Ley is going to be another hard track to find, just like Sambuluma, but I’m sure one of the magicians on this site will find it eventually.

  45. Lydia says:

    @ Mutunga
    All is very well with the family – thanks. As for the mahari, don’t worry “mbui sya ntheo” were delivered more than 15 years ago, watu walikula na wakashiba!

    @ Ricky
    Here is Mymy Ley by Tabu Ley, I’ve seen it spelled also Mimi Ley, so I think its the same song you’re looking for.

  46. David Ochan says:

    @ Daniel

    Some one asked for EDEN (Le Eden). You can find it here on my site. Don’t forget Kay Tshim by Pepe Kalle

  47. Samuel says:

    Please I am unable to access your putfile page. Anywhere else I can get Eden, Kidiba, mwana ndambala…?

  48. Esororo says:

    @ Kabuga

    I will post some soon for you brother.

    @ Everyone

    For some of you this track might ring closer.

  49. Lydia says:

    @ Esororo

    Thanks for all the good music you have posted, I especially enjoyed Ngungi-

    @Samuel and others
    here is Eden

    Can anyone help me out with this one I’m not too sure about the name of the song or the artist – Thanks

  50. Alias Mavatiku says:

    @ David Ochan,

    I’ve sent you a couple of messages (re: Chakula kwa Jirani) on your account. Have you received them?


  51. Esororo says:

    @ Lydia

    You are welcome. I am happy that you are enjoying the music. I also thank you for the posting you have done here too.

  52. Daniel says:


    Here is a revised version of Sambuluma. I joined both parts into one (pretty seamless transition from Pt A to Pt B at the first try I thought). I attempted to remove some of the crackle but that eliminated all the treble as well as much of the body of the song. So I left the crackle alone. But I was able to enhance some of the bass without creating any distortion. I hope you like it. Thanks. Daniel

  53. Samwiri says:

    Quality is great, webale nyo sebo (thank you). The base gets really bouncing. I will enjoy and so will the rest of the blog family.

  54. Alias Mavatiku says:


    Thanks to David Ochan, it’s my pleasure to post another East African classic from the 70’s: CHAKULA KWA JIRANI, by the late great Tanzanian musician, Mbaraka Mwinshehe and his Tabora Jazz Band:

    IMHO, The rhythm guitarist in this song (Segere Matata?) rivals the great rhythmists of the period, during their creative primes (eg Professeur Vata Mombassa/Lipua-Lipua; Lokassa ya Mbongo/Afrisa International; Frank Mbalire/Tames)

    CHAKULA has not yet made it onto David’s sharing site ( but he was able to dig it out of his archives for me.

    As a bonus, he also sent me another Tabora Jazz oldie but goodie, KITENGE YA CHIKUKUU:



  55. Samuel says:

    @Lydia. Merci bcp. Apart from the nostalgia I like the words of l’Eden. Aimée Aimée tu es à moi je suis à toi… Tu es ma moitie…A good wedding song when one understands what Theo Blaise Kounkou is saying.

  56. gilly says:

    @Lydia, Ochan

    L’Eden will remain a geat hit for a long time, asanteni.
    @Mutunga, Samuel, Any free English traslation?

    @Samwel, Mavatiku,

    Just a litltle correction.
    KITENGE (cha Sikukuu – released 1971), is a work of Mara Jazz (Wana sensera), based in Musoma town, Tanzania. ,

    Post 57 above, Tabora jazz (wana Segere matata) was led by Shem Karenga. Their most popular hit was Dada ASHA and Dada LEMMY. Mbaraka Mwinshehe performed with only two bands in his lifetime, Morogoro jazz band (1968-1972) and Les Volcano (1973-1979)
    Mbaraka on Swahili Blog:
    Lastly, but not least, enjoy Lemmy, Tabora Jazz :

  57. Alias Mavatiku says:

    @ gilly,

    Thanks for the clarification re: Kitenge.., Tabora Jazz & Mbaraka Mwinshehe. I had my (aging) neurons crossed :-)


  58. Fred says:

    Ochan, you might remember one track by Verckys Veve some time in 1971/2 by the name Gilmo. If you or any one has it please, post it here. I would love to remember those golden days. Thanks.

  59. Samuel says:

    I have seen your request on L’Eden.

  60. gilly says:


    Thank you in advance!

    Anyone with Afro (original version), Safari ya Samburu and Zaina by Les Wanyika? Sikujua Utabadilika(original) by Simba Wanyika?

  61. Samuel says:

    @Gilly, Litteral trnslation of Eden

    And God created man and from the man came the woman
    It was the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden
    It was happiness, then came betrayal
    Because of the fruit of sin yes all suffer you and me

    Even if your feet my feet my beautiful one, we have to be wise
    Because for ever we are one
    You have to be wise

    Love is said love
    You are mine and I am yours

    I don’t blame you my beautiful one for this apple of Eden
    That you gave me and that we ate together you and me
    You are my half, I love you so much my dear
    Half you half me

    we are one (united) for the best and for the worse
    You will for ever be on my side my company forever

    Yesterday it was Eden, the Eden today here on earth
    Let’s make life simple dear for for the sake of happiness and love

    In Martinique, Guadalupe they know how to love, in Congo Brazaville, Gabon, Senegal…they know how love…
    OO Eden, because of Eden

  62. Samuel says:

    @Mutunga, Lydia
    This is what i have translated above, you check the lyrics and the translation please.

    Et Dieu créa l’homme et de l’homme venu la femme
    C’était l’histoire d’Adam et Eve dans le jardin d’Eden
    C’était le bonheur puis vint la trahison
    A cause du fruit du pêché si nous souffrons toi et moi
    Même si ton pied mon pied oh ma belle il faut être sage
    Puisque pour l’éternité nous sommes unis
    Tu dois être sage
    Aimer est dit aimer
    Tu es à moi je suis à toi
    Je ne t’en veux pas oh ma belle pour cette pomme de l’Eden
    Que tu m’avais donné et que nous avons mangé ensemble toi et moi
    Tu es ma moitié, je t’aime trop chérie
    Moitié toi, moitié moi

    Je suis Adam tu es Eve d’aujourd’hui..
    Je serai toujours près de toi

    Nous nous sommes unis pour le meilleur et pour le pire
    Tu seras toujours à mes côtés ma compagne de toujours
    Hier c’était l’Eden, l’Eden d’aujourd’hui c’est cette terre
    Simplifions nous la vie chérie pour le bonheur et l’amour
    A la Martinique, à la Guadeloupe on sait aimer, au Congo Brazza, au Gabon, au Sénégal, on sait aimer,…

  63. Samuel says:

    @All, this time on Choir Music,
    In my days in secondary school in Kenya ( I am an 8 4 4 pioneer) there was a song for schools participating in the national school music competion known as

    “Safari ya Bamba ni Machero”.

    Anyone with an idea where such songs are sold?

  64. kabuga says:


    I guess safari ya bamba is available courtesy of muungano choir. Kayamba Afrika might also have it in their repertoire.

  65. Mutunga says:

    @gilly, Samuel, Lydia:

    When French lyrics are set to such a fast-paced rythmn such as the one in “L’Eden”, my ears can’t keep up. I’ve been hearing this song since the mid 1980s and there are still bits I can’t hear distinctly. “Catching the word” is a bigger challenge than translating. In the perpetually repeated chorus, I seem to hear “aimée, aimée” (beloved, beloved) but I wouldn’t swear to that. There are certain frequencies I can’t hear, and I confess I’ve been attending ENT clinics once a year (Machakos, Nairobi, Oxford, Milan) ever since I was 20. I hardly ever touch headphones as they have a tickling effect on my ears! Samuel has done a much better job of trascribing the lyrics than I’d ever have accomplished.

  66. kabuga says:

    L’eden, Bana, Double double, manuela, becuse no money, santa isabella and Gemile occupy a special place in my heart.

    L’eden was released in 1982 or early 1983 because i remember enjoying it in my form 1 in 1983.

  67. Samuel says:

    Know somewhere I can get santa Isabella and Gemille?
    And Pepe by Nyboma? I knew them before learning french. I would like like to hear them now and get the lyrics. Some of these guys were good in guitars but not quite so in lyrics. Like Lokassa ya Mbongo in Marie José is just giving a lecture on use of money to a lady. Nothing great in lyrics but great in guitar playing.

  68. kabuga says:


    I have santa isabella and Gemille on cd. Wl organize to avail them.

    As for pepe, you’ll find it in one of these blogs, or There is quite some stuff therein.

  69. gilly says:

    @ Mutunga
    Ive seen No 68 above. Usijali. pole.


    Again Thanks alot for the translation.

    Even single week waiting for santa Isabella will suffocate my heart! pse make it happen.

  70. Lydia says:

    @Samuel and others

    Here is Gemile…. enjoy

  71. Lydia says:

    Some more for Theo Blaise Kounkou fans


    Pepee la Jolie

    Have a great weekend all.

  72. Samuel says:

    @Lydia, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for Bibelo. When I feel down and regress to my adolescent days this is one of the tunes that ring in my mind. I had it once in a tape that I had bought at melodica, but I left it at home. It’s been 8 years that I hadn’t heard Bibelo. Today after finding it here I have played and replayed it the whole day.
    Thanks too for Gemile and Pepe la Jolie.

  73. Samuel says:

    I haven’t succeeded in getting Pepe in the link above. After the download for free, my system doesn’t recognise the format.

  74. Lydia says:


    You’re most welcome. For Pepe see Esororo’s latest post (p=190)he has included it along with some other great tracks.

  75. kabuga says:


    Now get Pepe Bougier here

    For all fans, welcome to my blog.

  76. kabuga says:


    Pepe Bougier is here

    For all fans, welcome to my blog.

  77. kabuga says:


    Pepe Bougier is here

  78. kabuga says:

    Samuel and ALL OTHERS,

    Welcome to my site

  79. kabuga says:

    Kindly visit

  80. kabuga says:


    Pls delete the inadvertent postings. I was getting the wrong signal.

  81. Samuel says:

    Thanks a lot for Pepe. I am just from magomayetu.

  82. Mavatiku Visi says:

    Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I thought this audience may be interested in this exuberant version of “Asambalela”:

    It’s a cover by King Kester Emeneya, titled “Assamba”, as he played L’Olympia in Paris in the early 90s, some 20+ years after Tabu Ley and Afrisa debuted soukous there.

    Happy New Year! Bon Anee!

    Bill “Mavatiku” Muyanja

  83. Achol says:

    Been looking for chakula kwa jirani by good luck you are the one to come to my rescue.

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  85. BULASIO says:


  86. Abdul says:

    Ey this is one o those places that i need to be i recently just started downloadin the ekibolingo. This is music to a super classical state…

    Thanks guys you are true soldiers..

    I been looking for one that goes sha-lalallaaaa ashante papa sha-lalalaaaa ashante, Bolingooooooo i think its by Franco but i dono the name. Let me kno if you guys hav it

    Thanks again

  87. Hi Steve,

    I’m desperate to find out who played the track Seketa. And is it obtainable?


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