Djo Mpoyi: 1954 – 1993
singer-performer Joseph Kanyinda Mpoyi, known by the stage name “Djo
Mpoyi”, remains forever in the memory of the many Congolese music lovers.
Even the renditions of the songs of author / composer Lutumba Simara such as Mbongo,
Mandola and Pablo are immortal to him. He has also left a number
of unforgettable songs of his own, such as Katebe, Aziza mon amour,
Kansebu and Azakaka occupé.
Born from a
Burundian father and a Congolese mother, his singing career started at the age
of 13 in Lubumbashi, Katanga. In the years that followed he was part of several
bands, including Tao Tao, Lovy du Zaire and Orchester Kara de Kinshasha. His
real breakthrough came at the end of the 1970s after being recruited as a
singer in Franco’s legendary TPOK Jazz in 1978. During this first period with
TPOK Jazz, which lasted until 1982, in addition to the aforementioned Simaro
composition Mandola (1981), he also performed Na bali misère
(1980) written by Mayaula Mayoni and his own song Katebe (1981).
♫ Clip: 1982 MANDOLA – Djo Mpoy Kanyinda avec TP OK Jazz
♫ Audio: 1982 100 – 1 – Djo Mpoyi & Diatho Lukoki
to his triumphs as a singer of Franco’s TPOK Jazz, from 1981 under the name Le
Canon du Zaīre, Joe made several successful projects with his colleague and
friend Lukoki Diatho. During the period he was also regularly heard as a guest
on albums by colleagues such as Mayaula Mayoni (Veya) and Lokassa Ya
M’bongo (Chérie Samba).
after the release of the album Azalaka occupé, Le canon du Zaīre is
dissolved and Djo Mpoyi joins Tiers Monde Cooperation, which also includes his
comrade Lukoki Diatho. Together they also collaborated in 1985 on a number of
productions by the legendary saxophonist Verckys. In the following year, Djo
Mpoyi rejoins Franco’s TPOK Jazz, to which he remains affiliated until the
death of the latter in 1989. In the period Djo can be heard as a solo singer on
the songs Masikini and Celio.
♫ Clip: 1986 MASIKINI – Djo Mpoy Kanyinda avec TP OK Jazz
Franco’s death, Lutumba Simaro becomes the band leader of the remains of TPOK
Jazz. In 1990 Hommage a Luambo Makiado and 1991 Pablo Tumbajika
grippingly portrayed Djo two compositions that Simaro wrote in memory of
Franco. Although Djo Mpoyi can also be heard on the album Shako,
released by Simaro in 1994, Pablo Tumbajika is the last recorded song on
which Djo Mpoyi can be heard as a soloist. In 1993, Joseph Kanyinda Mpoyi dies
unexpectedly and far too young at the age of 39.