Ballad, Lyrics, Misambu (Music), Sauti Sol

“Coming Home” by Sauti Sol

This song is really beautiful, multi-lingual with a hint of congolese guitar… Enjoy! 😀

Title: Coming Home
Artist: Sauti Sol
Album: Sol Filosofia
Year: 2011

Mupenzi leo naenda safari (My love, today I travel)
Safari na ni ya mbali (A travel that will take me far away)
Ukiwaza kuni misi mada (Think of me baby)
Tabasamu kidogo (a little smile)
In every stage and every song I play
Every fan that would scream my name
I will always be with you in my heart
I will love you forever

My days are long, kwa nini nakupenda (this is why I love you)
My nights, so cold, kwa nini nakutaka (this is why I want you)
I miss your touch, kweli minakupenda (I really love you)
I miss your love, I’m coming home

Whenever wherever I go, you’re on my mind, all the time
I miss you mupenzi, I miss you ma chérie
Even with all the cars, all the work, all the time I spend away
Always know I love you baby, my one and only

My days are long, kwa nini nakupenda
My nights, so cold, kwa nini nakutaka
I miss your love, kweli minakupenda
I miss your touch, I’m coming home…

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Popote ulipo oh, minakuwaza mama ah (Wherever you are, I think of you, girl)
Popote ulipo chérie we, you are my only lady
Narudi salama wooo (I come back to salute you)
Nakozonga kala mingi te, bolingo na ngai (I come back very soon, my love)

Popote ulipo oh, minakuwaza mama ah
Popote ulipo chérie, you are my only lady
Narudi salama wooo
Salama…

My days are long, kwa nini nakupenda
My nights, so cold, kwa nini nakutaka
I miss your love, kwa nini minakupenda
I miss your touch, Baby!

My days are long, kwa nini nakupenda
My nights, so cold, kwa nini nakutaka
I miss your love, kweli minakupenda
I miss your touch, your touch…

Hip-hop/Rap, Misambu (Music)

“Loso na madesu” by Hugo Million

Title: Loso na madesu
Artist: Hugo Million
Album: Mwana ya Amerika
Year: 2012

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Hip-hop/Rap, Misambu (Music)

“Match Eza Wo“ by Hugo Million

Title: Match Eza Wo
Artist: Hugo Million
Album: Victory
Year: 2011

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Afropop, Lyrics, Misambu (Music), Sauti Sol

”Sura Yako” by Sauti Sol

Great song that I listen to non-stop by the Kenyan group Sauti Sol, who won Best African Act at the 2014 MTV EMAs. This was last summer hit in Kenya with many vidz of people trying to do the lipala dance (find the link at the end of the post). This song will get you jumping on your feet. You can hear the “congolese guitar” in the background but the song style is totally Kenyan. I should make a post about Congolese guitar style… Anyways, back to the song. The lyrics are pretty nice too, for what I understand. Kenyan Kiswahili, or ‘Kiswahili bora’ as we call it in Congo, is a bit different, with more Arabic and more English into it. Maybe there are also some slang words or colloquial expressions that I don’t really get (I put a question mark where I’m not sure. Feel free to post comments for your translation). Basically, the guy explains to the girl he chose to marry all the reasons why he loves her and why she shouldn’t love anybody else but him. ‘Sura yako muzuri mama’ will be stuck in your head for a while after one listen. It means ‘Girl, you look fine’… All is said… Enjoy! 🙂

Title: Sura Yako (Your looks)
Artist: Sauti Sol
Album: Live And Die in Afrika
Year: 2014
Directed by Enos Olik

Nimekuchagua wewe, nikupende (I chose you, I love you)
Mama, sitaki mwingine (Girl, I don’t want any other)
Aushi usiniache, usinitende (Never leave my side)
Mama, usipende mwingine (Girl, don’t love any other)

Moyo wangu ni mwepesi (My heart is beating hard)
Umenikalia chapati (You control me*)
Nafanya vituko kama chizi (My jokes are cheesy)
Kukupenda sitasizi (I’ll never stop loving you)
Moyo wangu ni mwepesi
Umenikalia chapati
Nafanya vituko kama chizi
Kukupenda sitasizi

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah (You are beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah (And your smile is like flowers)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Itabidi nikulinde, nikutunze (I had to watch over you, I cared for you)
Mama, usikose lolote (Don’t be mistaken, girl)
Pete nayo nikuvishe, nikuoe (I put the ring on your finger, I married you)
Mama, usiende popote (Don’t go anywhere, girl)

Juu moyo wangu ushakubali (My heart already loves you)
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh (I will protect you like the police)
Itabidi nikumarry (I had to marry you?)
Moyo wangu ushakubali
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh
Itabidi nikumarry

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Polycarp Otieno, Delvin Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Bien-Aimé Baraza

Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah (And your face is beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na figure yako kama ya chupa ?
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Piga densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo (Dance a little!)
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
(You’re so beautiful)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(You’re so so yeah…)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Piga densi kidogo, baby densi kidogo, mama densi kidogo…)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Na figure yako kama ya chupa)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama

Niwe niwe (It’s you, it’s you (I choose))
Niwe niwe
Niwe niwe

  • this comes from the expression meaning that a woman control her man by his stomach, cooking for him chapati

Check the remix with Iyanya from Nigeria

My Sura Yako playlist

Afro-carribean/Zouk, Misambu (Music)

“Mpita Njia” by Alicios

This is a nice zouk in Kiswahili by new Bukavu (DRC) singer Alice “Alicios” Theluji, featuring Ugandan singer Juliana Kanyomozi.

Title: Mpita Njia
Artist: Alicios
Year: 2012
Written by Alice “Alicios” Theluji
Arranged and produced by Rkay
Video directed by Onoh

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Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] Katanga the Untold Story (1962)

Documentary by G. Edward Griffin about USA involvement in war again communism in Congo under the pretext of peacekeeping.

Duration: 59′
Language: English

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Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] Masters Of The Congo (1958)

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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xm844b_masters-of-the-congo-jungle_shortfilms

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] From War To Witches (2008)

ChildrenOfCongo
English

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] Murder In Kinshasa (2011)

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Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] When We Were Kings (1996)

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Afrofunk, Live Show, Misambu (Music)

“Coltanrush” by Bantunani

Very strong lyrics in English. If you don’t know this band, lead by Congolese artist, Michel Nzau Vuanda, check them out. They have very good songs… Groovy and meaningful music…

Title: Coltanrush
Artist: Bantunani
Year: 2009
Label: Vizualizmusic

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Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2004)

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French

English

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] Les oubliés du Katanga

Version Française

English Version

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Interview] Kambale Musavuli

Ces vidéos très intéressantes sont en anglais.

Interesting comments and analysis by Kambale Musavuli of Congolese history and major events in Congo that are all linked to USA from a way or another. These videos comfort my belief that wherever the US intervene, not only in Congo, they only leave a big mess behind that local populations have to deal with for decades. As long as their interest are untouched…

Dec 1,  2011 – Obama, the US and 5 Million Deaths in The Congo

Dec 5,  2011 – Congo: Chaos By Design

Dec 12,  2011 –  The US, Mining and Dictators in the Congo

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Mar 12, 2012 – Kony 2012 Hides US Support for Repressive Ugandan Regime

Mar 16, 2012 – US Supports Election Fraud in Congo

Dec 3, 2012 – With US Blessing, Rwanda Backs M23 Rebels in Congo

Dec 6,  2012 – Is Susan Rice “Bad for Congo”

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo, Personalities, Remarkable

[Personalitites] Corneille Ewango

Corneille Ewango is a globally known environmentalist and biologist for his work of conservation in Okapi Faunal Reserve located in the Ituri Forest in Eastern Congo. This reserve is classified as World Heritage.
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He speaks here about his work, during TED talk, back in 2008

Language: English

His final words are to promote education and I agree. Education is the solution for many problems in this world. and I mean not only school but also values you can transmit to younger generations. If people learn early the good gesture and what they can do to protect their own environment, they is a good chance they will transmit that to their kids as well.

Documentary/Interview, Pà Kongo|About Congo

[Documentary] Black Heart, White Men (2011)

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The documentary is similar to Kongo. Obviously the same team produced both versions but this one with shorter editing (2 hours instead of  2 hours and 30 minutes) and some archive images are different. Also this one comes with English subtitles (click on CC).

French with English subs