Franco has been called the the godfather of African music. The government of
Franco’s lyrics, in the Lingala language, were full of social, often satirical, commentary. With texts full of hidden and not-so-hidden agendas, he sang of government, fate and—his favorite topic—the eternal conflict between men and women. His epic song “Mario,” about a lazy educated man and the older woman he exploits until she kicks him out, was a sell out.
When Franco died in 1989, President Mobutu of