Ye Baboyaka Ye (Franco) - Franco & le T.P. O.K. Jazz 1973




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Published on Aug 17, 2008

From 1972 (with the entrance of Sam Mangwana and the name change of the orchestra to le Tout Puissant Orchestre Kinois de Jazz) Franco had begun to integrate the school of Joseph Kabasselé aka Le Grand Kalé (Kallé) into OKJ.

He did this, according to Seigneur Rochereau, to break through the "monotonie" of OKJ... (RotFL!!! - LOOK who's talking!!)

In February, 1973, Josky Kiambukuta Londa (who had sung with, among others, Dr. Nico) joined, and this is one of the first showcases of his vocal powers. Josky's voice would colour the vast majority of Franco's main compositions after this.

Franco and Josky alternate vocal solos here, backed up in the chorus by Michèl Boyibanda and Lola Chécain.

Most of the time, the one taking the next solo does not participate in (part of) the chorus preceding his solo.

So, although there's "only" four singers, there are at least three different combinations of three voices to be heard within the song.

Lola also plays some percussion in the latter part of the song.

(The picture was taken at least five, possibly nine years later than the song was recorded, so in the recording Franco probably used his Fender Jaguar and not the Gibson Les Paul (as in the picture)).


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