the very last of Ndombe.. rumbaliciously rumbalicious

lets just enjoy the music.. I had previously talked of this on

Am sure the great Rumbalician Maurice Anguka… a real Bana OK “fanatique” will prenez vite vite (quickly) get this song and be happy to play this and other similar tracks this weekend at the Rico Carrebian, Nairobi West Mall, Nairobi. Every Sunday from 3pm to 10pm… serious rumba stuff from Maurice.

Does speak Lingala and  French without hesitation and this makes him one of the top rumba selectors we have  around.

There we go..amazingly rumbalicious! papa Ndombe Opetum


Rumba shall never cease to be rumbalious!

In the words of a founder Rumbalician “the singers sing..the listeners listen…the dancers dance…the viewers will watch.. we shall have our rumba forever”

Two interesting things…the artists keep giving us nice music and today we feature Joss Diena and his debut album Vitrine that comes as an 11 tracks cd and 7 video dvd.

The title track is Cri du Coeur on which laments on the departure of his love…that whatever language he uses to cry, express, explain to the sweetheart she cannot understand the agony he is experiencing! And yes it features our ever amazing Meje..which also means the experienced hand of Tshala Muana wont go unnoticed.

Joss comes with a training from Felix Wazekwa and recently Koffi Olomide (featured on the song Ikea)…. when you combine that sort of background then you can go wrong with buying and subscribing to this kind of artist!
So we still have rumba for the years to come if this is the sort of production we are going to be having.

Two, this kind of music requires radio playtime and talk- up….. and one guy who stands out strong is Milele FM’s ( Ria Ndzombo! Ria does his rumba session on Saturday evenings and its such an illuminating rumba experience.

Coming from the coastal town of Mombasa where he grew up in a family that was rumba oriented…he wouldn’t have surrounded himself with anything different! He is born and bred as RUMBA! So the official rumba station in Kenya, found the right kind of guy to run its rumba session for the weekend! What you have to do is simple… Make an appointment with Ria…. that’s it!

And to finish of, Maisha Park in Nairobi…yes the place where you definitely find this kind of stuff and much more. Surprisingly the deepest collection of rumba music. Go park your rumba appetite there and the rest shall be stories…whatever you want or imagine of..whether its the “memories are made of this” kind of stuff like Grand Kalle Live in performance, Tabu Ley live 1975! or recent stuff like Vitrine, Abracadabra, Leke Leke!

And so, at Rumbalicious we are sure that rumba is forever! The artists are singing..the dancers dancing..those to watch, have their eyes wide open!

As said by Joss Diena…no matter what language I use.. you wont understand..unless you listen to the music.. watch the videos!

Joss Diena… toujour RUMBALICIOUS!


They were 3 of them… here is one! Papa Noel

They say in the ever wide and deep world of Congolese rumba the kings of the guitar were Doctor Nico, Franco Luambo Luanzo Makiadi and Papa Noel. Three of them like that!

Papa Noel from Congo Brazzaville put together many songs… the likes of Tangawusi, Madiabuana, Bon Samaritain…. the list is endless. And he played alongside Franco in the TP OK Jazz for several years!

All his albums are just too deadly… Bana Congo, Bel Ami, Mosala Makasi, Haute Tension, Allegria, Bon Samaritain and Nono. Each time you listen to the music it sounds fresh…new..very recent and you learn something new about the arrangement and emotion!

Die hard Rumba fanatics have all these in the collection! As someone who loves to get a tasteful feel of what rumba is…then get Bel Ami from which today’s Bebe Dady video is from.

Papa Noel…. Just very Rumbalicious!


Great concept…just don’t sell twice

For sure it has occurred many times that you have conceptualized this wonderful idea that you felt would deliver results or be an instant return on investments (ROI) for your client.

So sometimes even without much check…. certain names or brands come to mind…so you settle on two or even more clients that you you like to float this great idea to. Many times, it does occur that the clients or brands tend to be competing ones! The temptation to quickly employ the first come, first get served rule as a rider on the proposal is also common in such scenarios!

Guys in creative services and sales especially in media will confirm that they have acted as perpetrators in the first instance and as victims of this wrath of a mad client or clients that follows as a result of this tendency!

It gets questionable therefore if at first there is a fault….and who is to carry blame when two competitors get into this conflict. Is the trader at fault here? For having made the same garment for two ladies? Does the trader have limitations? Or is the second purchaser at wrong? For purchasing or harbouring similar purchase tendencies as her adversary? Or the first purchaser…for being first at market given certain unfair advantage?

That is the sort of stuff the author of the Faute ya Commercant is all about…the mistake/ fault of the business person…selling the same design to two women who are the best of friends….picture two rivals in the same colors blaming the seller who sold to them both! The song is a blame game..where the first purchaser accuses her rival for purchasing a similar garment she already owns! So purchaser two says it isn’t her fault…she bought from the seller who also happens to the source of purchaser one’s outfit…. faute ya commercant!

It is possible to play safe…..its better anyway to be safe than sorry and have cancellation orders as the case in media! 

Let us enjoy what we do..let’s also enjoy making clients exceedingly happy…..let’s enjoy the rumba!

Faute ya commercant…Rumbalicious!


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