Written by GuitOp81
As announced I can't post videos as often as before. It takes time to learn the parts, even more to clean up the transcription and notate something, and some more to shot and edit the video. On the positive side there are already enough videos to keep anyone who wants to learn some soukous guitar solos pretty busy for quite some time. Personally I did not have much time to really work on the material that I posted, it would take much more time to really assimilate everything and make it part of my playing.
Next I would like to fill some of the most obvious gaps in the collection. There are so many great guitarists missing but I would like to include at least two as soon as possible: the great Franco and Lokassa ya Mbongo.
I have been looking a longtime for something that stands out from Franco's huge discography in terms of guitar lines and right now I am looking at his accompaniment guitar in Makambo Ezali Minene. I like it but I am not sure it is the most representative thing of Franco's style. In any case it would show a side of congolese guitar that is missing from my videos, but if you have something better to suggest please don't esitate to send me a message.
I have reason to suspect that my transcription of Ya Nini of Orchestre Veve is a Lokassa ya Mbongo's part because it certainly sounds like mi-compose, but just to be sure I was thinking about transcribing Tantine, even though I don't know which version to choose. I am pretty sure the most famous is the one with Zitany Neil and Dally Kimoko on solo, from the '80s, with a classic '80s synth, and there is a guitar and drum bridge that is 100% Lokassa, but then I found this youtube video of Souzy Kasseya playing Sulia Tantine and even there they seem to call Lokassa for the solo and it sounds very good. I will have to pick one, but probably it's going to be the Zitany Neil one. Another unbelievable Lokassa mi-compose solo is in Memi, from Orchestre Kiam, but that would take forever to transcribe so I am letting it go for now.
Next I have three requests that I would like to answer.
One is Aki Special, from Prince Nico Mbarga, who is nigerian, not congolese, but I can't ignore the great love that the wonderful people in Barranquilla have for this music so I will try to include this just for Barranquilla. The guitar lines are quite simple but it is not going to be easy to put together a video that makes sense.
The other requests are Awilo Longomba's Gladys, with Japonais Maladi on the guitar, and Poupa, with Shiro Vuemba.
Of course, at present the likelihood that I will do all those videos is quite low, but I will try.