Makoma

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Makoma
Also known as Nouveau Testament (original name)
Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
Genres Contemporary Christian music, Pop
Years active 1993-present
Labels BC3 Media Limited
Website www.makoma.co.uk
Members Annie Makoma
Duma Makoma
Martin Makoma
Pengani Makoma
Tutala Makoma
Patrick Badine
Past members Nathalie Makoma (left 2004)

Makoma is an award-winning Christian, pop, R&B and dance musical group originating from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and established in the Netherlands. It is made up of 6 siblings (3 brothers and 3 sisters): Nathalie Makoma, Annie Makoma, Pengani Makoma, Tutala Makoma, Duma Makoma, Martin Makoma and a non-family member, Patrick Badine. They mainly sing in Lingala and in English, but at times also in French, Dutch and German.[1]

Lead singer Nathalie Makoma left the group in 2004 and has her solo career after ending as runner-up during the Dutch Idols 4 in 2007-2008.

Makoma are back with a new album in 2012 called Evolution and containing 10 new songs. The lineup is the same, except for Nathalie Makoma who decided starting 2006 to concentrate on her own solo career.[2]

Career[edit]

The group Makoma was established by Tutala Makoma in 1993, and started performing in public as a group in 1995. The name of the band was "Nouveau Testament"[3] (translated as New Testament").

The family left Democratic Republic of Congo formerly known as Zaire because of political strife and established in the Netherlands, later in Germany to return in 1996 to reside in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The band was renamed Makoma (the name of the family) after establishing in Europe. They record at the Westcoast Studios, also owned by Tutala Makoma in Rotterdam. Annie Makoma designs most of the group's stage attire, and Martin Makoma doubles up as the group's choreographer.[4]

Since 1999, many of their songs in Lingala are produced by Andre Straesser, a successful international music producer involved with several music projects and a number of top 20 in many countries. Their debut album was released in 2000 entitled Nzambe Na Bomoyi followed in 2002 entitled On Faith. The same year they won the Best African Group at the Kora African Music Awards.[2][5] They have toured many countries including many European countries, Africa, the Caribbean and Canada.

Nathalie Makoma, born on 24 February 1982 in Kinshasa became, a well-known Dutch-Congolese singer in her own right, . Nathalie Makoma left the band and established in England and later in Ireland. She released On Faith in 2003 and I Saw the Light in 2005. In 2007-2008, she returned to the Netherlands and participated in Idols 4 in the Netherlands and finished runner-up, with the title going to Nikki Kerkhof. The group Makoma made a guest appearance on the Idols final with their sister Nathalie singing Ola Olé in English with her.[6] She is signed to Sony BMG.

Makoma currently sing for BC3 Media Limited, international record label headquartered in the United Kingdom. Philipp Bauss is the managing director of the company and had been producing many of the Makoma clips as Bauss has his own record and video production studio with experience with several international musicians.

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1999: Nzambe na Bomoyi (Jesus For Life)
    • Tracks:
  1. Napesi
  2. Butu Na Moyi
  3. Mwinda
  4. Moto Oyo
  5. Natamboli
  6. Nzambe Na Bomoyi
  • 2000: Makoma
    • Tracks:
  1. Baby Come
  2. I'm So Excited
  3. My Love Is True
  4. Sweeter
  5. NYC (Nathalie feat. Makoma)
  6. Let Me Be Your Sunshine
  7. All I Need Is Your Love
  8. Someday I Know
  9. Happy Days
  10. Promise You Made
  11. Summertime
  12. Hurry Up
  13. When The Angels Come
  14. Baby Come (Remix)
  15. Sweeter (Remix)
  • 2002: Mokonzi na Bakonzi (King of Kings)
    • Tracks:
  1. Mokonzi Na Bakonzi
  2. Nasengi
  3. Bana
  4. Naleli
  5. Nzambe Na Ngai
  6. Tolingana
  • 2002: Baby Come
    • Tracks:
  1. On Faith - 4:26
  2. Listen To Your Heart - 4:53
  3. I Can't See The Light - 4:51
  4. And I Am Telling You (Nathalie's Solo) - 4:40
  5. You - 3:38
  6. In God I Trust - 3:21
  7. I Talk With God (GoGospel Version) - 3:45
  8. Bolingo - 5:13
  9. When The Angels Come - 4:01
  10. All I Need Is Your Love - 4:19
  11. Sweeter (Remix) - 4:49
  12. Baby Come - 3:46
  13. The Clapping Song - 4:11
  14. Here We Go - 3:40
  • 2005: Na Nzambe Te, Bomoyi Te (also known as No Jesus, No Life)
    • Tracks:
  1. Yo wuti
  2. Nakobina
  3. Ola Olé
  4. Asala
  5. Ezali Mawa
  6. No Jesus, No Life
  7. Bolingo
  • 2005: My Sweet Lord (Gospel Edition) (Credited as Makoma feat. Nathalie Makoma)
    • Tracks:
  1. Baby Come
  2. My Sweet Lord
  3. My Love Is True
  4. I'm So Excited
  5. Sweeter (Remix)
  6. Let Me Be Your Sunshine
  7. All I Need Is Your Love
  8. Someday I Know
  9. Promise You Made
  10. Yo Ozali
  11. When the Angels Come
  12. Bana
  13. Baby Come
  14. Gospel Medley
  • 2012: Evolution
    • Tracks:
  1. Evolution
  2. Alingi Biso
  3. Yo Ozali
  4. Ndeko
  5. Mokonzi
  6. Se Ye
  7. Maboko Likolo
  8. Mokili
  9. Sosola
  10. Nguya Na Ye

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