guest post – Mutunga : On Marriage

I want to try something new to keep things alive here. Over the next couple of months, I will be running guest posts written by some people you know and some people that you do not.

The first post comes from Stephen Liti (whom some of you may know by a different name!):


There’s nothing in nature like the force of attraction between men and women, and when it turns out well, the parties involved inevitably end up tying the knot. Essential to life as heartbeat itself, marriage has always been a source of inspiration for musicians.

So if you’re an eligible bachelor and you’ve just met the woman of your dreams, you might want to ask for some advice from mum, or simply turn to Franco & OK Jazz as they spell out Mibeko Ya Mama (Mother’s rules). The Lingala lyrics and translation into English are provided here.

Franco et. l'O.K Jazz

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Franco & L’O.K. Jazz – Mibeko Ya Mama

For brides just about to leave their parental home, there’s some good advice from Les Kilimambogo in their wedding song entitled Mutwawa Niwatwawa. Follow this link for the Kikamba lyrics and English translation.

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Les Kilimambogo – Mutwawa Niwatwawa

All over the world, married couples are the order of the day, as the Grand Maître is keen to point out in Na Mokili Mibale Na Mibale . Check out the Lingala lyrics and a double translation, into both Kiswahili and English.

Franco et. l'O.K Jazz

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Franco et L’O.K. Jazz – Na Mokili Mibale Na Mibale

Of course, for the wedding dream to become a reality, the ceremony must be witnessed by guests, amidst applause and merry-making. Let’s join the party and listen to more words of advice from the late Fundi Konde in Mwanangu Ribe. Get the Kiswahili lyrics and English translation here.

Franco et. l'O.K Jazz

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 Fundi Konde – Mwanangu Ribe

There you go folks. Lets have your comments and thoughts.

Thank you Bwana Liti for taking the time to make this guest post happen.

Discuss - 43 Comments

  1. joji says:

    Furaha tupu! Hongera!!

    Neno moja tu : shukrani. Hasa kwa kutupatia Lingala lyrics pamoja na tafsiri zake.

    Franco labda bora kuliko wengine wote Afrika. Naomba utupe zaidi ikiwezekana. Njaa ni kubwa…

  2. Omondi says:

    Just happy to hear back from you and especially when you speak about Kenya or RDC

  3. Joe says:

    Mutunga; Great idea and nice track selection. I appreciate the optimism of the post in that you did not add Gabriel Omolo’s “Wed Today Divorce Tomorrow” to the playlist! 26 years of marital bliss for me this July.


  4. Tina says:

    Not so familiar with Fundi, but was told the meaning of his name is either ‘expert’, ‘magician’, ‘gift’ or something like that. Kind of ironical that back in the 50s started his gig at weddings and parties.

  5. Nkonge says:

    Fundi rocks! Perhaps not exactly the time or place but does anyone out there have the track ” Dada Kidawa” Maybe not the exact title but went something like ‘ tulipokuwa sote dada kidawa tulipendana sana… lakini kwa tamaa yako ukanitoroka .. etc” I’d love to get this into my collection. Its of 1970s TZ days.

  6. Nkonge says:

    Fundi rocks! Perhaps not exactly the time or place but does anyone out there have the track ” Dada Kidawa” Maybe not the exact title but went something like ‘ tulipokuwa sote dada kidawa tulipendana sana mimi na wewe… lakini kwa tamaa yako ukanitoroka .. etc” I’d love to get this into my collection. Its of 1970s TZ days.

  7. gilly says:

    Mutunga, ….a great mentor.

  8. kabuga says:

    Les kilimambogo sound so fresh!

  9. kabuga says:

    It is sad that we have lost MJ. This man has suffered alot and the circumstances under which he had to go are tragic. My prayers go to his kids and the rest of the Jackson family. RIP

  10. Tina says:

    There’s something tragic and Shakespearian about great modern day musicians all over the world. Possibly not just confined to musicians but anyone heavily in the spotlight often dies an early death, including religious/political, social figures like Jesus, Gandhi, Princess Diana,Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, from mother Africa – L. Dube, F. Luambo, Pepe Kalle, Brandy, M’Pongo, M. Makeba. Lot’s of people die early too but it’s too much for the greats, wonder why?

  11. Polber says:

    King MJ’s most powerful counsel that will never be buried with him is embodied in his missionary lamentation of making the world a better place.

    Who Am I, To Be Blind? Pretending Not To See The Kids In The Street Without Enough To Eat. If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place’ I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror; I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways; No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer – Go well Kong MJ

  12. Gachie says:

    Good work Keep it up

  13. Esororo says:

    Here we go again people. July kick off with some oldies for the old timers in the house. Some of you may remember this or bring back some memories.

    Skokiaan by August Musarurwa

    Full story is at:

    Look at the chronological list of all versions and artists that have covered this song.

    Here is more of Bert Kaempfert with:
    Tootie Flutie

    Mama Na Fuki

    Can’t sign off with Orchestre Vévé. Just hot from the 45s from my Junk box. Especially for Tinas’ Dad.

    Enjoy people.

  14. Mutunga says:

    @Ntwiga Clan:

    I’m just stopping by to say goodbye before I go on holiday for seven weeks. Many thanks for all your good vibes, and for the excellent music we shared here. I’ll be actively back in September, but from my mountain holiday resort, you bet I’ll be eavesdropping on the conversation here from time to time. Take care.

  15. Tina says:


    Enjoy the experience of breath of fresh air on a mountain top. Sometimes a disconnect from all gadgets including the famed www is needed, come back soon or will find us on cloud nine.


    You mind reader! u can make it 4/4 if u can get ‘mfeune’ – lipua lipua, veve edition. My father thinks Musarurwa’s musical career was similar to that of Fundi konde, talent to come out during tough colonial times.

  16. Tina says:

    @my father at Kaempfert and Musarurwa’s music

    My father was quick to point that this kind of music (instrumental), with some classic touch to it, was popular among state-run radio stations during the turbulent 70s, 80s, and 90s when coup d’etats were common in Africa. Saying these songs were played in interlude until it was clear and certain which political entity was in control.

    My dad added that the music was also played on radio/tv during late or delayed news and press releases.

  17. Esororo says:

    @ Kabuga

    Kassim – DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra

    @ Tina

    I have been known to read minds from time to time. Depending on who you ask. You had asked for Muana Mawa by Orchestre Grand Piza. Here it is but it has been used as you can tell. I have done everything to clean it up but it does not work. 4/4 done.

    @ Everyone

    Have a dance on me


  18. kabuga says:


    Asante sana ndugu!

    Is there another kassim that goes …sasa pesa zimemuishia..kasimu eee..hana la kufanyaeee…??

  19. Tina says:

    @ Made a request for one, and got a lot more. Thanks to Fred and Esororo. As a little girl I often jumped the rope while listening to ‘Mfuene’, didn’t know the track name, sang it to my father and got the name, then finally the track from you. Now let the tears begin to roll. Bravo!

  20. Fred says:

    This might be a better copy of Mwana mawa

  21. Tina says:


    If u have a good quality veve’s ‘lucani’, and ‘ombatela?’ kindly share with us, thanks.

  22. Esororo says:

    @ Kabuga

    Kassim #2

    @ Tina
    For sure I would like to hear you sing Mfueni.

    Ombatela or Nkotela by Lipua Lipua

    Nice day…..

  23. kabuga says:


    Pls get Lukani and more here

  24. Fred says:

    I did upload Lukani and a a few other Veve’s specifcally for your father, Tina. Check “musical link:Tabu Ley line # 92″. Unless the one I uploaded is not clear to you; as of Omabatela, it was also uploaded in an earlier thread for some one who requested it. I do not remember who and exactly when.
    Here are the links once again:

    Anyway if the Lukani is not clear, then check the link provided by Kabuga. It may be a solution.

  25. Tina says:

    Was at Globalgroovers a while ago, but or boy! it’s so dark in there couldn’t figure my way in and out of the site. It’s a wonderful site that perhaps needs some background color maintenance.

    My bro can sing a wonderful rap version of ‘mwana mawa’

    ‘Mfeuni’ is easy to sing, I’m not fluent in Lingala, but fairly good, spent a couple years in the Congo. This is how it goes;

    Lipua Lipua yee!

    Nattandi maboko mfeuni, elenge na soki motema yeya azongi lelo na zui mobali ponabima na eeturi.

    Lipua lipua tobeta wapi ponakendako tola baseya sika oyo bawuti nangoo Monrovia, pe naSierra Leone, na Abijan

    Nalingaka tango nyoso pembeni nangai, nalingaka temosika yeya kende

    yeyiga pasi mama! yeyiga pasi oyeye! yeyiga pasi!


    Ibrahima mama yo zonga zonganokina kowa
    Mfeuni zonga ye zonga nokina kowa

    Ibrahima oh zonga ye zonga nokina kowa
    Mfeuni zonga ye zonga nokina kowa

    Thanks to Esororo, Fred, and Kabuga

  26. kabuga says:


    Thanks for the DDC stuff. Quite nostalgic! While still at it, am sure you have .. jirani oooh, ooh jirani yangu… sasa maneno unayoyafanya si ya busara na wewe ndiye mkubwa katika kijiji hiki….tunakuomba ujirekebishe…. by DDC. Pls pls

    @Tina, Looks are quite deceiving. The blog is a treasure trove. However Moos seems to have removed the posting that had lukani. It was such a killer! I will be posting the song on my blog when time allows.

  27. kabuga says:


    Lukani is now available at my blog. Enjoy!

  28. Tina says:


    This is a better quality. We’re all grateful for the post, thanks a lot.

  29. Tina says:

    Hi to all,
    Does anyone know how many versions of ‘ashah no.1′ there are?
    In addition, anyone with these, please kindly share, have a great weekend
    1) ‘kasuku’ by les Wanyika
    2) ‘fitina’ by Tabora Jazz Band
    3) ‘anifa’ by les Kamale
    4) ‘pitchou’ by Shama shama de Mopero

  30. Tina Ladu says:

    We’re also looking for ‘Tonton skol’ by M’bilia Bel. Peace!

  31. Fred says:

    @ Tina,
    Here are your requests minus “Fitina” by Tabora. I hope the quality isgood for your ears.

  32. Tina says:


    Whauu! amazing, I woke up this morning to find these posted. Thank you, thank you, thank you. When we download our requests like these, we listen to them until they get into our system and kick out all the nostalgic crap. Well done brother.

  33. Tina says:


    Would you know the ‘anifa’ by Orchestra Les Kamale? it plays slower than the higher octane soukous version of O. Lipua Lipua’s ‘anifa’. We are looking for the one by Les Kamale.

    Traffic has kind of slowed on this blog, makes me feel like a lone hiker on a deserted countryside road. Would love to hear more about these 70s music bands and their off-shoots. Anyone?

  34. Fred says:

    I do not know that there is a different version of Anifa, what I know is that Kamale was born out Lipua Lipua led by Nyboma who was a lead singer in Lipua Lipua and the two bands shared musicians. I think Nyboma reproduced some of his compositions using Les Kamales label. If it is there, some one will post it here. Just be patient and wit. The Webhas very many treasures.

    Here is Mbilia Bel’s Tonton Skol

    Look into your collection of LPs or Singles(45rpm’s) and see if you have two very good tracks. One is “Zaina na mopya” by TP OK Jazz and the other is “Bitota” by Fuka Fuka. If they are there, pliz post them here in what ever condition in seperate parts 1 and 2. (Both do have part 1 and 2).

  35. Tina says:

    At least I’m enlightened now, and thanks for ‘tonton skol’ God Bless.

  36. David Ochan says:

    CLAN TWIGA, Thanks for keeping the fire burning. Thanks to all the magicians (Fred, Esororo, Gilly, Abdhalla, Samwiri, Tina Kabuga, Mutunga, etc,etc) for poping out incredible old tunes.

    @ FRED
    I’ll post for you BITOTA by Mulembu Tshibau of Fuga Fuga tomorrow. Still sorting myself out.
    Thanks again all Clan members

  37. Esororo says:

    @ Fred
    I do not have this tracks in collection. Looks like David has come up with one. I will keep looking.

  38. Tina says:

    @To All
    Does anybody know about this dude ‘Pablo Lubadika’, I mean his nationality and music; is he from Congo proper or Braza? was his genre of music soukous or rumba? Did he have a stint with 4 Etoilles? help educate me on this. All wk long we’ve been having a non-productive argument about this.

    And if anyone has 4Etoilles’s ‘samba’, ‘coup de fil’, or ‘makini’, and any Lady Isa tracks, pl’se post for me.

    Also my father has some old rumba tracks with no names, would like to post them for you guys to i.d. the artists. What is the e-mail through sendspace to post these here?

    Enjoy the weekend.

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