Omonga CD Destin

Jimmy Omonga - Destin (HIP009)

 

The songs on this album

Sakina 5:18
note Zembele 3:53
note Nakonda 4:25
note Kosilika Te 4:34
note Point Zero 3:59
note Africa Weh 2:34
note Destin 5:11
note Nabondela 3:46
note Kanisa 3:51
note Rosa 4:14
note Lolenge 5:29

Total playing time 47.14

  • Produced by Junior Kisangwa
    Co-produced by Jimmy Omonga
  • Recorded by Paris Zannos in the Paris Studios, Fishoek, South Africa between July and November 2007
  • Produced by Junior Kisangwa
  • Executive Producer: Rob Bierings
  • Mixed and mastered at Paris Studios, Fishoek, South Africa
  • Pictures, graphic design & layout: Mohamed el-Fers Liner notes and additional picture: Scott Rollins
    Additional pictures South Africa: Paris Zannos
  • Album coordination: Martin van Aalst. Additional editing by Rob Berends at the Amsterdam Hippo Studio, the Netherlands

 

CD BABY USA:
Destin by Jimmy Omonga... One of the finest African albums in years...

 

Jimmy Omonga’s debut album Destin brings out the essence of this great singer-songwriter, combining the Congolese ballad with the great South African choir tradition. ...his beautiful modern balads ... certain caused him his election as the Best Newcomer in World Music.
INT. BEAT (UK) 

Jimmy Omonga kan voor de dag komen met een debuut dat stijlen uit thuisland Congo en Zuid-Afrika verenigt in een sophisticated en vrolijk stemmend geheel. Destin draagt een eigen stempel van sterke composities, maar weet wel van de klassieken.
MM Belgium


Reviews:

Beautiful, warm and catchy songs: Congolese pop combined with the rich South African choir tradition makes a tasty finger licking musical dish.

Born in Kinshasa, Congo, Jimmy Omonga taught himself guitar, sang in a church choir, wrote his first songs at sixteen and formed a band that played all the clubs in Kinshasa. In 1995 Jimmy moved to Luanda, Angola. Two years later he set up a new group in Cape Town. Where for the first time he combined his Congolese Afro-pop with the sophisticated South African choir tradition. It astonished everybody and it became Omonga's trademark.

In 2007 two of his songs were released on a sample-CD during the international Womex Music Fair in Seville, Spain. A few months later Omonga was elected ‘Newcomer of the Year 2008’ by MWA (Music of the World Award) in the Westerpark Amsterdam. His election was the sensation as it was for the first time an artist had won this prize without having an album on the market. After the election Jimmy flew back to finish the recording of his debut album Destin.

'Destin' (HIP009) was recorded in the Paris Studios in Fishoek, South Africa and produced by Junior Kisangwa. Including the backing vocals of Reine Makaya, Mermans Mosengo, Christian B. Amba, Junior Kisangwa, and Christian Eboko. All songs written by Jimmy Omonga.

The album really brings out the essence of singer-songwriter Jimmy Omonga: the new star who combines the Congolese ballad with the great South African choir tradition.

So one good thing about music... those guys can be proud. They made one of the finest African albums in years. Destin for sure is a jewel in the musical crown of Congo, South Africa and the world.

CD BABY (USA) * * * * *



Never a competition was more close...

The Music of the World Award event could be seen live in over 200 countries to the over 57.000 voters and fans from all over the world...

A true sensation was the election of Jimmy Omonga. Due to the release of just two of his songs on a sampler during the Womex International Music Fair in Sevilla, his beautiful modern balads were heard over Europe and the USA and certain caused him his election as the Best Newcomer in World Music 2008.

Extract MWA (Music of the World Award) report by Valerie Brown.


Afropop van een lenige zanger

Jimmy Omonga kan voor de dag komen met een debuut dat stijlen uit thuisland Congo en Zuid-Afrika verenigt in een sophisticated en vrolijk stemmend geheel. Destin draagt een eigen stempel van sterke composities, maar weet wel van de klassieken.

In de zang en de pinkelgitaren klinkt de echo van de rumba, in de begeleidende vocalen zijn Omonga’s eigen koorverleden en de tijd die hij doorbracht in Zuid-Afrika terug te horen. De keyboardpartijen, veelvuldig present, pakken soms wat te plastic uit.

Maar de lichte toon en geslaagde arrangementen maken Destin wel een album dat veel vrienden kan maken. Het stuwende titelnummer, met lekkere koortjes en mooie basloopjes en gitaarmotiefjes, is het beste voorbeeld.

INT. BEAT (UK)
MM (Belgium, Netherlands)