Madilu System was a key figure in the OK Jazz during Franco's long tenure as the president of the band. Franco is said to have respected Madillu because of Madillu's voice, which Franco acknowledge was better than his. Madillu recorded several classics with TPOK Jazz including Mamou and Non. In both recordings, the harmony between the two is evidence of the good interpersonal chemistry between the two. After the death of Franco and the effective dissolution of the OK Jazz, Madillu enjoyed success on several solo projects including La Bonne Humeur.
Kanda Bongo is a central figure in the development of the popular music of the Democratic Republic of Congo, from the rise if Kwasa Kwasa in the late 1980's to the present-day. To understand Kanda's influence, it is important to know that he was one of the leading interpreters of kwasa kwasa, which became soukous. So soukous stars like Koffi Olomide, Kester Emeneya and Evoloko Joker were all influenced by Kanda.
The brain child of Manu Dibango, Kamer Allstars brings together several legends of the Makossa, Cameroon's popular music sound, in a re-recording of Makossa classics composed by Salle John, Henri Njoh and Penda Dalle. The album is laced with the signature saxophone solos that have come to define Manu Dibango's work. For people from Cameroon who are always concerned about the erosion of the national idiom by the influences of soukous, zouk and others, this recording shows that pure makossa is still possible.