August 11, 2014

l’Orchestre Tout Puissant O.K. Jazz
Heritage du Grand Maitre Franco
Sans Frontieres

Tout Puissant OK jazz, front

Le Grand Maître Franco passed away in 1989. This lp
is said to be released in 1988 but speaks of Franco’s
heritage. The grand master did not participate, so how
is it ? Was it made before or after Franco’s passing ?
I could not find it on the web..
The lp was made with all the OK Jazz greats, Josky,
Madilu, Lutumba Simaro, Ndombe Opetum, Ntesa
Dalienst, Djo Mpoyi Diatho, Gerry, Gandy and
Papa Noel. It’s a nice album in which we can
hear the master’s hand, his spirit lives on…
enjoy the Tout Puissant Orchestre
Kinois Jazz once more..


1 Maby
2 Mamisa
3 Malaria
4 Tonton zala serieux
5 Mort’ vivant…somida
6 Osala erreur


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  1. moodistbunk 11 August 2014 at 15:37 - Reply

    A heart felt thanks for introducing me to all the wonderful bands from the Congo. This new site of yours is great, congratulations!

  2. glinka21 12 August 2014 at 00:23 - Reply

    Thanks, Moo! And congratulations on getting back the past of the site. I would have commented before, but I’m having WordPress issues.

  3. Aboubacar Siddikh 15 August 2014 at 21:46 - Reply


    • Anonymous 21 August 2014 at 19:45 - Reply

      That’s correct.

  4. Jazzy 17 August 2014 at 12:43 - Reply

    I have no reason to contradict Aboubacar Siddikh but he does not give any evidence supporting his contribution. However the history of the last years of TPOK Jazz is quiet compatible with this offering having been recorded in 1988. By 1988, Franco was spending an increasing amount of time in Europe and his health was already causing concern. He operated TPOK Jazz with away and home teams, the latter based in Kinshasa. If my memory is right the Kinshasa division was led by Simaro when Franco was abroad. TPOK Jazz had a significant churn of musicians through its history often fuelled by members’ ambition and personality conflicts. Sometimes Franco allowed them to record separately though often he would be present at the sessions and may even have contributed anonymously. It was noted in the press in early 1989 there was lingering discontent amongst the Kinshasa based musicians and it is conceivable Franco allowed them to record an album to give them some extra money by way of dispute resolution, though this latter point is entirely my speculation. However, Moos, it would reconcile the discrepency which you noted above.
    Best wishes

  5. Joseph from Lusaka Zambia 28 August 2014 at 17:02 - Reply

    My understanding of the issue is that the album was done after the Grand Master’s demise…soon after October 1989. why??? because the album is titled the TPOK Jazz …..ordinarily all recordings were…Franco et le TPOK Jazz…..This is jus my opinion….what do the others say?? Abubakar, please come to our rescue. You are in my opinion the final authority on this debate

  6. Joseph from Lusaka Zambia 28 August 2014 at 17:06 - Reply

    Further more the shirt won by Simaro was only unvelled after the Grand Master’s demise. Simaro took over as band leader and began to wear that shirt.

  7. Aboubacar Siddikh 23 October 2014 at 17:11 - Reply

    I personally attended and took photos at rehearsals of Ndombe’s song Osala Erreur In Brussels on July 9th, 1991. (And I can tell you, it sounded a hell of a lot better acoustically than on this record.)

    For instance at 1:30 into this clip: you can see one of these pics I took there. They recorded this album within weeks after that.

    It came out near the end of 1991, my copy was signed by Papa Noel on January 2nd, 1992.

    Joseph from Zambia has a point with regards to the shirts, and not just Simaro’s shirt.

    And “Jazzy” is way off because before Franco death, half the team had been in Kin and the other half in Brussels for a long time.

    And to top it all off: Any of you guys have any idea what the words: “HERITAGE DU GRAND MAITRE FRANCO” mean??

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