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Werrason

I AM WERRASON

Werrason, real name Noël Ngiama Makanda born December 25, 1965 in Moliambo, a small village
in Bandundu province in the Western Democratic Republic of Congo, Kwilu District is a musician from the
Democratic Republic of Congo and also leader of the band Wenge Maison Mère (WMM). By age eight,
Werrason was singing at his local church, the Protestant Church of CBZO (Communauté Batiste du Zaire
Ouest-Batism community of Western Zaire), Kinshasa. He loved martial arts and was a martial arts
champion by age of 12. In 1981, in between his studies (for a degree in Accountancy), Werrason and his
college friends Didier Masela, Adolphe Dominguez, J.B Mpiana, Blaise Bula among others created an
innovative musical band “Wenge Musica 4X4 Tout Terrain Bon Chic Bon Genre”.

WERRASON FORMS WENGE MUSICA MAISON MERE:
Their band Wenge Musica BCBG 4X4 Tout Terrain split in December 1997. Werrason and his
two friends Adolphe Dominguez and Didier Masela, created Wenge Musica Maison Mère
(WMMM)”, with its headquarters at Zamba Playa in Kinshasa, D.R.Congo, with Werrason as
head. With most band members gone with JB Mpiana Werrason and his two friends, had to
build Maison Mère from scratch, with assistance from a number of people especially
Sankara de Kunta and Zachary Babaswe. Werrason went round the country recruiting
several young talented musicians and also taking back some old colleagues from JB
Mpiana's band. Werrason's original band members were Didier Masela, Adolphe Dominguez,
Ferre Gola, Baby Ndombe, Seseli Adjani, JDT Mulopwe, Celeo Scram, Bill Kalondji, Serge
Mabiala, Didier Lacoste, Lay Chou, Michael Shendu, guitarists Flam Kapaya (solo),
Japonaise Maladi (rhythm), Christian Mwepu (bass), drummers Papay Kakol and Ali
Mbonda. His first album, Force d'Intervention Rapide (Rapid Intervention Force) was
released end of 1998. His song "Chantal Switzerland" was voted Song of the Year, while his
animator Bill 'Clinton' Kalondji was voted the best animator. His second album Solola
Bien of 1999 took the African music scene by storm. Solola Bien was rewarded with the
Golden Record in France. In the same year, his band Wenge Maison Mère was voted the
Best Congolese Group, with Werrason as the Artist of the Year. In June 2001, Werrason
released his first solo album Kibuisa Mpimpa, a double CD with 17 titles. This was work that
had taken him 5 years of preparation, 4 months of studio work, and over 2000 hours of
compositions and philosophical reflection back to his roots. Kibuisa Mpimpa was described
as "culturally revolutionary" by observers of African music. This album won him two Kora
Awards in South Africa including Best Artist in Africa and Best Album in Central Africa. Later
that year Werrason gave one of his very best performances at a double concert (two days)
at "the Zenith de Paris,” one of the largest concert halls in France, with a seating capacity
of well over 20,000. He also toured extensively major European cities like London,
Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Rome and Stockholm. Through his musical innovations,
Werrason attracts a new public to embrace the black cultural awareness without being
militant. The United Nations have awarded him with the title of Universal Ambassador of
Peace. In 2001, Werrason was received in audience by Pope John Paul II. Since then, he
dedicates part of his time to all the UNESCO campaigns against AIDS and all sorts of
discriminations, and in campaigns against early marriages and promoting education for the
girl child. During his world tour he shared performances with great African artists among
them Manu Dibango who invited him in his concert at the Paris Olympia. Others were Passi,
Doc Gynéco, Benji and Akil who asked him to take part in their musical projects. Werrason
also collaborated with international artists like Shaggy. In the same year, Werrason also did
a large concert at the Stade des Martyrs which was attended by over 100,000 people. The
year 2000 also saw Werrason do one of his best-ever live performances at Bercy in front of
over 17,000 fans.

THE FALL AND RISE OF WERRASON:
In 2003, Werrason’s musical career took a major blow when he lost a large number of key
band members. These were his deputy and composer Ferre Gola, his chief animator Bill
Kalondji, and singer JDT Mulopwe. These members left a few months after other key
members (Baby Ndombe, Serge Mabiala and Japonais Maladi) had also left for varied
reasons. These former members grouped together and formed a rival musical band called
les Marquis de Maison Mère. This period coincided with the time, Werrason could not get
European visas for his musical group to go and produce his next album Alerte General and
to perform to his fans abroad, who to this day remain one of the key sources of revenue for
his band. The following year Werrason parted ways with his then sponsor Bracongo,
producers of beer 'Skol'. Werrason was forced to, for the first time, produce an
album, Alerte Generale in studios in Congo, which are inferior in quality compared to his
favored studios in France. Werrason weathered this storm, rebuild his band and secured a
lucrative sponsorship deal with Bralima, producers of beer 'Primus'. In 2004, he finally
released Alerte Generale a single with 4 tracks with new talents, Heritier Watananbe,
Bonbon Kojack, Taddet, Teka Diabanza, Jitrous etcand then proceeded on a European tour
to promote the album. In 2005 in the midst of performances in Africa and Europe and as he
reorganized his band Wenge Musica Maison Mère, Werrason continued work on his second
solo album Temoignage de Miracle a 14-track double CD which he released early 2005. It
was evident that Werrason had bounced back in a big way and by this time had regained
his position as the musician with the highest number of fans in Central Africa. That year
(2005) Werrason won a KORA award for the best artist in Central Africa beating off a strong
field of contenders including Koffi Olomide. To crown his comeback, Werrason visited his
province of birth, Kikwit, and did a concert attended by over 200,000 people, and this
remains one of the biggest music concerts ever in the African continent. He followed this by
another mega performance at Masina.

THE SUCCESS OF WERRASON 'Le Grand Formateur'
True to his nickname "le grand formateur" Werrason dropped his next single Sous Sol an
album with new dance styles, guitar and drums that proved revolutionary. Counting on his
new talented musicians Heritier Watanabe, Eboa Lotin, Miel de son, Cappucino Bogard,solo
guitar master Flam Kapaya, his longtime drummer Papy Kakol, animators Brigade Sabatini
and Celeo Scram, seasoned dancers Anya Star, Bibisia Mfwengi, Gisele Yamamoto, Linda
Kalome among others, the band enjoyed great success and did a number of major
performances attended by tens of thousands in Brazzaville, Angola, Kikwit, Stade de
Matadi, Bukavu, Masina, FIKIN among others.

Werrason joined forces, in 2002 in Kinshasa, with the Jamaican superstar Shaggy who,
during an interview in CNN recognizes Werrason as “The greatest current African artist”.
The album Sous Sol was followed closely by another great album Temps Present-Mayi Ya
Sika also a double CD with 15 tracks, in which he gave his band members a chance to
develop their singing and composition prowess. Werrason is recognized for his ability and
desire to promote, nurture and expose his band members as a way of encouraging them to
later confidently pursue their own solo careers. In that album Temps Present – Mayi Ya
Sika this was evident as he gave not just the singers, but even the instrumentalists a
chance to make their own compositions. Heritier Watanabe once again shone with beautiful
songs "Sol demi amour" and "Confession Intime", the young singers Cappuccino Bogard
and Eboa Lotin composed beautiful love songs "Point Carre" and "Bula Wa Yo" respectively
while his experienced mi-solo guitarist Corean 'Polystar' Acompa, drummer Papy Kakol and
Mimiche Bass also got a chance to do their own compositions. A number of former
members of Werrason’s Wenge Musica Maison Mère have benefitted from this kind of
exposure and have now gone independent. They include Ferre Gola, a high flying former
chief d'orchestra in WMMM who presently leads a band called 'les Marquis de Gaulois', Bill
Kalondji, former animator now leader of the band le Samurai, JDT Mulopwe a former singer
with WMMM presently leading Le Marquis de Maison Mère, and Celeo Scram with his
orchestra ‘Plus 9’, among others.

Werrason’s next album Techno Malewa Sans Cesse was released in October 2010. Making
use of the continental style ‘Coup De Calle’ and new dance moves, the album received
great success across Africa and in Europe, and in it Werrason's versatility was shown. His
new young singers Deplik Filla, Fabrice Energie and Cafe Roum were given an opportunity
to star in songs composed by Werrason. Werrason followed the release of Techno Malewa
Sans Cess with his energetic performances at a packed ‘Zenith de Paris’ in March 13, 2010.
He later visited Holland, Brussels, Lyon among others. His African performances including at
Bukavu‘s Stade de Kadutu will remain long in the memory of many African music fans. In
June 2011, Werrason gave a grand performance at Stade de France's Africa Night alongside
other Great African artists including Meyway, Magic System and Passi and in the same
month released a single Primus Diata Bawu (Werra Son Diata - JUGEMENT Primus - Merlin
BOUTON) which introduced the young Merlin Bouton as a lead singer. Merlin displayed
maturity of voice, hitting different notes throughout the song in a leading role. Merlin
Bouton joined Wenge Musica Maison Merre in 2010. His next album Techno Malewa Suit en
Fin was scheduled for release in July 2011. He later on did wonderful performances before
he got an accident and was taken to India for treatment. Werrason organises a new album
called Desert India Fletche Ingeta. Before the release of this, he released a short maxi
single called satellite.

EARLY HISTORY: Werrason in Wenge Musica BCBG 4x5 Tout Terrain
The early part of Werrason's musical career, starting from 1981 was spent in Wenge Musica
BCBG 4x4 Tout Terrain, where he was the deputy band leader and the finance director.
Initially, between 1981–1985, the band was like a holiday hobby for the members who
were all students. In 1985 they began to curtain raise for then big music performers before
they decided to begin recording some of their compositions in 1986. Werrason's musical
ability begun to show very early in Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4. In 1988, the band released an
album, Bouger Bouger that topped charts in Congo for three years and propelled Werrason
and his friends to national fame. In this five song album Bouger Bouger Werrason was
credited with composing the song "Nicky D". The album had a theme chant called "mulolo",
which was elected Song of the Year, but which until today it is not clear who between
Werrason and JB Mpiana, composed though each of the two claim it was their original idea.
In 1991 the group produced another master class titled 'Kin e Bouge' an album that was
voted 'Album of the Year 1991'. In it Werrason composed the song "Kaskin". However 1993
was the year that Werrason gained international recognition when he composed the song
"Kala Yi Boeing", which was also the title of the group album, an album which received
international acclaim. For ten years (between 1987 and 1997) the band enjoyed incredible
success throughout Africa and Europe. As the deputy band leader of Wenge Musica 4x4
Tout Terrain Bon Chic Bon Genre, Werrason was credited with composition of key beats that
took the African music scene by storm, bringing in great talents like Ferre Gola to the band
and also his energy during live performances.

THE SPLIT OF WENGE MUSICA BCBG 4X4 TOUT TERRAIN:
In 1995, problems begun to emerge in Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4. Sources of this were,
personality clashes, interference from other big bands in Congo that felt threatened by the
rise of Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4, disagreements about money and the direction of band and
producers and promoters who wished to take advantage of the new stars once they went
their separate ways. Band members begun to align themselves around JB Mpiana the band
leader and around Werrason, his deputy. The band's tours of Nairobi and later Abidjan
revealed growing tensions in the band. In the Nairobi tour where the band was hosted at
the grand Marble Arc Hotel, and performed at among others Carnivore, Club Makuti and
Safari Park, when not on stage performing, Werrason kept a low profile and could only be
seen in company of Adolphe and Didier Masela. In the tension-filled performance in Ivory
Coast's commercial city of Abidjan, Werrason and JB Mpiana could not even share a stage
leading to the band doing two-part performances with Werrason and JB Mpiana leading
each separate session. Apart from Alain Mpela, the musicians that shared the stage with
Werrason during this tour (Emelia, Ferre Gola, Adolphe, Masella) all later joined Werrason's
band. Upon return to Kinshasa, JB Mpiana released his solo album Faux De L'Amour with
support of the band and also with participation of Papa Wemba. This followed an example
set by another leading light Prince Alain Makaba, who had in previous year, 1995 released a
solo album Poile ou face with the support of the group. However it was during the release
of Faux de L'Amour at the Grand Hotel Kinshasa in December 1997, that the band
disintegrated. Musicians aligned to the two rivals exchanged words on stage, with Blaise
Bula, who was then aligned to JB Mpiana sarcastically telling Werrason, "my friend, you
dream, and in your dreams, you would like to be Blaise Bula, JB Mpiana Alain Makaba... it is
allowed to dream, my brother." These happened in presence of Papa Wemba who was a
guest.. The concert has come to be known today as 'le Concert de la Separation.' This
become the turning point for Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4 tout terrain because it meant that
Werrason's position in the larger group was not tenable.

After the split of Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4, J.B Mpiana took with him most band members.
These were Prince Alain Makaba, Blaise Bula, Alain Mpela, Aimélia Lias, Ficarra, Kusangila,
Titina, Al Nzimbi, Theo Bidens, Burkina Faso Mboka Liya, Ekokota and Tutu Calugi. Some
key members whom werrason had recruited into the band therefore assumed would join
him, instead chose JB Mpiana. This was a very testing time for Werrason and at this time
he even contemplated leaving music altogether. After much reflection he decided to soldier
on and begun massive recruitment drive of new talent. he brought on board the likes of Bill
Kalondji, Papy Kakol and even some members like Ferre Golla who had originally chosen JB
Mpiana's band came back. This split brought with it tension between JB Mpiana and
Werrason's band. JB Mpiana was the first to release his album titled Titanic on whose cover
jacket him and his associates are seen escaping with floaters from a large sinking ship.
Observers were quick to link that Titanic to the big band that was the original Wenge
Musica BCBG 4x4 which JB now considered a sinking ship. Werrason responded by releasing
an album titled, Force de Intervention Rapide. As per tradition of competition between the
two, when Werrason released his second album, Solola Bien which in the local language
meant ‘speak well’ JB Mpiana launched TH (meaning always humble) in an apparent
reaction to Werrason's growing success (and some say ego too). Whereas music rivalry is
not a new thing, the musical rivalry between Werrason and JB Mpiana of Wenge Musica
BCBG, and later with Koffi Olomide of Quarter Latin International has served to shape
Werrason's approach to music. It has inspired him to always try to produce very high
quality albums and better live shows so as to remain at the top musically.

WERRASON'S MUSIC AWARDS:

WERRASON’S ACHIEVEMENTS MUSIC AWARDS:
• Best Artist Central Africa (2001)
• Overall Best Male Artist (2001)
• Finalist Best Arrangement (2002)
• Best Artist Central Africa (2004)
• Overall Best Male Artist (2004)
• Nominated Best Artist (2005)
• Nominated Best Artist & Song of the Year at the African NAFCA (2014)

CHARITY:
Humanitarian action is part of Werrason’s life and personality. He could never be insensible
to the misery of the Shegués (children of the streets) who consider him as their father. He
dedicates a part of his income and spare time to schools, hospitals and prisons. He is also
the founder of the charity the Werrason Foundation that currently welcome more than 400
“shegues”. The main goal of the foundation is not only to make sure those kids do not hang
out in the street by providing them a roof and a warm meal but also social activities and
education in order to prepare them to get back to a real social life. The United Nations have
awarded him with the title of Universal Ambassador of Peace. In 2001, Werrason was
received in audience by Pope John Paul II. Since then, he dedicates part of his time to all
the UNESCO campaigns against AIDS and all sorts of discriminations.

DANSES:
• 1998: Force d'intervention rapide
• 1999: Hélicoptère
• 2001: Opération Dragon
• 2002: Koyimbi Ko!
• 2003: Tindika Lokito
• 2004: Alerte Générale
• 2005: Mokussa / Bakanisaki to ko sila
• 2006: Primus
• 2008: Lobeso
• 2009: Biberon / Sim'ekoli
• 2011: Diata Bawu
• 2011: Le Le Le Le Le Le
• 2012: Ingrédients

DISCOGRAPHY:
• 1998: Force d'Intervention Rapide
• 1999: Solola bien
• 2000: Terrain Eza Mine
• 2001: Kibuisa Mpimpa
• 2002: A la queue leu leu (Koyimbi ko)
• 2003: Tindika Lokito
• 2004: Alerte Generale
• 2005: Temoignage de Miracle
• 2006: Sous-Sol
• 2008: Temps Present/Mayi ya sika
• 2009: Techno Malewa
• 2011: Techno Malewa suite et fin
• 2012: Satelitte +2
• 2013: Éducation
• 2014: Ingeta

CONTENTS:
* Werrason Forms of Wenge Musica Maison Mère
* The Fall and Rise of Werrason
* The Success of Werrason 'Universal Phenomenon'
* Early History: Werrason in Wenge Musica BCBG 4x5 Tout Terrain
* The Split of Wenge Musica BCBG 4x4 Tout Terrain
* Werrason's Music Awards
* Charity
* Discography
* References
* External links

Werrason World USA CONTACT:
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