Asumani - Youlou Mabiala & le T.P. O.K. Jazz 1975




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Published on Jun 30, 2008

Youlou is the star on this one, shining like a sun, almost outgrown OK Jazz (he would leave in 1977).

Here we see the three main OKJ-style singers from the preceding decade, (fltr) Michèl Boyibanda (joined 1964), Youlou (1966), Wuta Mayi (only just) and last but not least Lola Djangi Chécain (1967).

Guitars (fltr): Mpudi Decca (genius of rumba bass), Gégé Mangaya (rhythm), Thierry Mantuika (mi-solo) and Michelino (solo) center stage.

Ntoya on drums (mostly hi-hat, replacing maracas) but Bosuma Dessoin was not present here.

Alt solo: Dele Pedro.

Hopefully, for some viewers the quality of the contents will compensate for the quality of the recording.

Anybody got a studio recording (with Franco!!) of this for me? Eloko nini!!

As(s)umani was the name of Franc Lassan, Lola Chécain's older brother, who sang with Dr. Nico, among others.

But piquedard, summarising the lyrics, thinks this song is not referring to Franc Lassan:

Asumani you've left home for a week now
You were so angry but I can't understand why
I'm not used at that sort of behaviour
You'd get angry at me for whatever reason (for anything you hear about me)
The other day you saw me with my father's young brother
But instead of asking, you went mad, telling family's members
"I was cheating on you" (in the song, the verb is "kofunda =accuse"
So that it would convenient for you to leave me
(So that you have reasons to leave me)
You've been just waiting for an occasion
Looking for any reason to leave me

Asumani, you are more jealous than a flie = nzinzi
(A flie is everywhere, following everywhere)
You can't even hear the name of another woman in my mouth
Or the name of my brother-in-law
Without getting angry a me
I feel like dying
To-day you are telling everyone our marriage is over
But I still love you (this is said mostly in swahili)

This was the 3th tune (of 15) played in this two hour broadcast.


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