26 Jan 2022

Kinshasa — Congo

Jean Kwami Munsi. One of the most famous singers for early Congolese rumba music.

'In 1959 Franco brought in two great vocalists, Jean Kwamy Munsi and Joseph Mulamba, alos called Mujos. Vocalist Kwami Munsi was recruited to fill the gap left by the departure of Vicky Longomba in 1960. But Kwamy was a real troublemaker. Once during Franco's absence, he convinced 9 members of TPOK Jazz to leave and join a band aptly named Orchestre Revolution. A livid Franco then released a song called Chicotte which means "whip", Kwamy retaliated by releasing a song called Faux Millionaire in reference to Franco.'

Translated from Japanese with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Elegant rumba congolez!
This is the best album of a male Congolese singer, Jean Munshi Kwamy, who is known for his participation in Franco's OK Jazz and Rocheleau's African Fiesta. The recordings are probably mainly from the 70's, and include those released under the name of Kwamy et son orchestre as well as Franco & Kwamy & Le T.P OK Jazz. You can enjoy the elegant rumba congolese. (From Supplier Info)
 
An enigmatic singer and a must-have initiator of rumba congolese! The best of Kwame's work (this is his first CD under the name of Kwame) is unexpectedly rare! This is the first time it's been in stock. And it's actually a new album! I didn't know you were still working on it, Ngoyarto... -elsurrecords

French

Jean Munsi diki alias Kwamy la sintula le n'gansie est né le 27/11/1939 à Kingambwa village dans la commune de limete Kinshasa de père mumbala (Jean kabambala) et mère Muteke (Henriette Ngalie Mbuleme). Orphelin à l'âge de 2 ans, il sera élevé par ses oncles Joseph Lingele et Salomon Diki. Après ses études secondaires, bien qu'il obtenait le diplôme d'instituteur, Jean Munsi préféra opter pour la musique qui était sa passion. Dès son jeune âge, il fréquente déjà les célébrités de l'époque telles que Franco Luambo, Mujos Mulamba, et Rochereau Tabu qui étaient aussi ses amis.il débuta sa carrière musique comme chanteur dans des orchestres de sa commune de Nairi Ngiri d'adoption et rejoindra plus tard l'african jazz de grand kalle kabasele qu'il quittera par la suite. Avec le départ de Vicky Longomba pour l'african jazz, Jean Munsi qui refusait de chanter à côté de son ami d'enfance Franco finira par intégrer l'ok jazz pour former avec Mujos l'attaque chant mélancolique du groupe des années 60.

Sa première chanson sur disque vinyle s'intitule Yula Munsi José. Son admiration et sa sympathie pour le président kwame du Ghana le poussa, pour les idées révolutionnaires de ce dernier, à se surnommer Kwamy. C'est ainsi que lorsque les accords n'étaient pas respectés dans les groupes, avec les idées reçu de son mentor. Kwamy n'hésitait pas de changer d'orchestre tout le long de sa carrière de l'african jazz, en passant par vedette jazz, Ok jazz, African Fiesta, African Sukisa, Révolution. African Team, Somo Somo, Veve, Bantous de la capitale, il termina sa carrière dans L'afrisa International de Tabu ley. Très bon chanteur et auteur compositeur de talent, il est devenu très populaire grâce à ses diatribes qu'ils adressaient à ses pairs pour raison ou une autre.il t'ira sa révérence le 02/03/1982 en nous laissant une cinquantaine des chansons à succès dont nous ne les oublierons pas si tôt. Ainsi pour pérenniser ses oeuvres je vous présente en 2 volets inédits de Kwamy la sintula le n'gansie.

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Jean Munsi diki alias Kwamy la sintula le n'gansie was born on 27/11/1939 in Kingambwa village in the commune of limete Kinshasa of father mumbala (Jean kabambala) and mother Muteke (Henriette Ngalie Mbuleme). Orphaned at the age of 2, he was raised by his uncles Joseph Lingele and Salomon Diki. After his secondary education, although he obtained a teacher's diploma, Jean Munsi preferred to opt for music which was his passion. From a very young age, he already frequented the celebrities of the time such as Franco Luambo, Mujos Mulamba, and Rochereau Tabu who were also his friends. He started his music career as a singer in orchestras in his adopted commune of Nairi Ngiri and later joined the African Jazz of Grand Kalle Kabasele, which he later left. With the departure of Vicky Longomba for the African Jazz, Jean Munsi, who refused to sing next to his childhood friend Franco, finally joined the Ok Jazz to form with Mujos the melancholic singing attack of the group in the 60s.

His first song on vinyl is entitled Yula Munsi José. His admiration and sympathy for President Kwame of Ghana led him to call himself Kwamy because of his revolutionary ideas. Thus, when the agreements were not respected in the groups, with the ideas received from his mentor. Kwamy did not hesitate to change orchestras throughout his career from African Jazz, through Star Jazz, Ok Jazz, African Fiesta, African Sukisa, Revolution. African Team, Somo Somo, Veve, Bantous de la capitale, he ended his career in L'afrisa International de Tabu ley. Very good singer and author composer of talent, he became very popular thanks to his diatribes that they addressed to his peers for reason or another. He will go his reverence the 02/03/1982 by leaving us about fifty songs to success of which we will not forget them so soon. Thus to perpetuate his works I present you in 2 unpublished parts of Kwamy the sintula the Nsansie.


Kwamy et son Orchestre Jazz (1970) Fiesta 51.049 - Nga Sie No.7

This single from Kwamy has two really beautiful rumba tracks he composed. We are not sure if the Orchestre Jazz credited on the label is OK Jazz or Kwamy's own group. It certainly sounds like Franco playing the great sebene solo on 'Adeline.' It could indeed be him, because the troubled Kwamy briefly rejoined OK Jazz from 1970-1972 and this single was released in 1970. If anyone can clear this up we would be grateful.

One thing that strikes us about this is how great the recording sounds, even when transfered to mp3, just listen to that great sebene at 2.40 into 'Adeline.' -Isaac


Kwamy Munsi Jean 1939-1982

Dates clés

1939
Jean Kwamy Munsi est né le 9 novembre 1939 à Kinshasa.

1959
Jean Kwamy Munsi devient membre de l’orchestre « Vedette Jazz ». Intègre l’orchestre « OK Jazz» de Franco en même tant que Djeskain Dihunga.

1961
Compose plusieurs chanson tel que : « Nani akosuanela ngai », « Paracleto Makengo, Lolinga », « Compatriote », « Sabina el Kwamy »… Fait parti du voyage à Bruxelles avec l’« OK Jazz ».

1962
Jean Kwamy Munsi tombe gravement malade et disparaît quelques temps de la scène musicale.

1965
Kwamy Munsi quitte l’« OK Jazz » pour rentrer dans l’African Fiesta de Dr Nico, Roger Izeidi et Tabu Ley Rochereau.

1966
Suite à la disslocation de l’« African Jazz », Kwamy rejoint l’« African Fiesta Sukisa » de Dr Nico. A la fin de l’année il monte son orchestre « Révolution » avec Mulamba Mujos.

1971
Renoue sa collaboration avec Luambo Franco

1973
Kwamy tente avec Grand Kallé l’expérience de l’« African Team »

1982
Térrassé par la maladie, Kwamy décède le 2 mars 1982 à Kinshasa


1. Camarade ya Kinshasa 4:15
2. Tomesani mingi yaka 4:40
3. Mando mawe mabi 2:51
4. Mivé temoin 3:36
5. Edendeli ya vero 4:02
6. Jean Munsi 3:34
7. Saina El Kwamy 2:46
8. Adeline 4:12
9. Zala na place na nagai 4:35
10. Bébé B 3:08
11. Cimentière 3:06
12. Sekele ya moto 3:55
13. Divorce 5:23
14. Bui lili me “Ly ume nye” 3:48