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Friday, January 24, 2020

Why So Many Black (African American) Churches Include The Name "Bethel"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the name "Bethel" and the common inclusion of that name in historic and present day Black (African American) churches.

Because many of the Black (African American) churches that include the name "Bethel" are part of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, information about that Protestant Christian denomination is given in the Addendum to this post.

The content of this post is published for education, religious, and cultural purposes.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
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This is the first in an ongoing series on this blog of common Black (African American) church names.

Click the "common Black church names" tag to find other posts in this series.

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NOTE: Discussions about the history, congregations, ministry, and beliefs of Black (African American) churches that include the name "Bethel" should be very clear that those Black (African American) churches aren't the same as and aren't in any way affiliated with Bethel Church (based in Redding, California).

Furthermore, Black (African American) churches that include the name "Bethel" aren't the same as and aren't in any way affiliated with the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (which is affiliated with Bethel Church based in Redding, California) or with the record label and music publishing company Bethel Music that is also associated with Bethel Church (based in Redding, California).

Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel_Church_(Redding,_California) for information about Bethel Church (Redding, California)

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE NAME "BETHEL"
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel
"Bethel (Ugaritic: bt il, meaning "House of El" or "House of God",[1] Hebrew: בֵּית אֵל ḇêṯ’êl, also transliterated Beth El, Beth-El, Beit El; Greek: Βαιθηλ; Latin: Bethel) is a toponym often used in the Hebrew Bible. It is first mentioned in Genesis 12:8 as being near where Abram pitched his tent. Later in Genesis, it is the location where Jacob dreamt of seeing angels and God, and which he therefore named Bethel, "House of God." The name is further used for a border city located between the territory of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin and that of the tribe of Ephraim, which first belonged to the Benjaminites and was later conquered by the Ephraimites.

Eusebius of Caesarea and Jerome describe Bethel in their time as a small village that lay 12 Roman miles north of Jerusalem, to the right or east of the road leading to Neapolis.[2]

Most academics identify Bethel with the Arab West Bank village Beitin,[3] a minority opinion preferring El-Bireh.[4]

Ten years after the 1967 Six-Day War, the biblical name was applied to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, constructed adjacent to Beitin.

In several countries—particularly in the US—the name has been given to various locations...

In the Hebrew Bible
Book of Genesis
Bethel is mentioned several times in Genesis. It is first mentioned in Genesis 12 and 13,[6] as a place near where Abram stayed and built an altar on his way to Egypt and on his return. It is said to be close to Hai (Ai) and just to the west of it. More famously it is mentioned again in Genesis 28,[7] when Jacob, fleeing from the wrath of his brother Esau, falls asleep on a stone and dreams of a ladder stretching between Heaven and Earth and thronged with angels; God stands at the top of the ladder, and promises Jacob the land of Canaan; when Jacob awakes he anoints the stone (baetylus) with oil and names the place Bethel. Another account, from Genesis 35[8] repeats the covenant with God and the naming of the place (as El-Bethel), and makes this the site of Jacob's own change of name to Israel. Both versions state that the original name of the place was Luz, a Canaanite name."...
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This page continues with a number of other examples of "Bethel" that are mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.

I added italics to highlight these words.

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THE WORD "BETHEL" FOUND IN EXAMPLES OF HISTORICAL BLACK (AFRICAN AMERICAN) CHURCHES
Excerpted from https://www.blackpast.org/special-features/historic-african-american-churches/ Historic African American Churches
"The African American Church has long been considered one of the foundational and most influential institutions in black America. This page is dedicated to highlighting the oldest of these institutions in states across the nation. Listed below are African American churches by state which are at least one century old (founded in 1919 or earlier) and which are continuously operating until today"...

Atlanta, Georgia
Big Bethel AME Church, 1847-

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Jacksonville, Florida
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, ca. 1865-

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Richmond, Indiana
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Richmond, Indiana, 1836-

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Baltimore, Maryland
Bethel A.M.E., 1785-

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Great Falls, Montana
Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1890-

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Portland, Oregon
Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1889-

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1794-
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I changed the format of the locations of these churches which originally had the state on one line, followed by the city on a second line.

This is only a small sample of the Black (African American) churches throughout the United States that include the name "Bethel". For example, there's a Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I live, and another Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church in the neighboring city of Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

As the above list suggest, probably most but not all of the Black (African American) churches that include the name "Bethel" are part of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MOTHER BETHEL CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Bethel_A.M.E._Church
"The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic church and congregation at 419 South 6th Street in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The congregation, founded in 1794, is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the nation. Its present church, completed in 1890, is the oldest church property in the United States to be continuously owned by African Americans.[3] It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.[1]

History of the congregation
The church was organized by African-American members of St. George's Methodist Church who walked out due to racial segregation in the worship services. Mother Bethel was one of the first African-American churches in the United States, dedicated July 29, 1794, by Bishop Francis Asbury. On October 12, 1794, Reverend Robert Blackwell announced that the congregation was received in full fellowship in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1816 Rev Richard Allen brought together other black Methodist congregations from the region to organize the new African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination. He was elected bishop of this denomination. After the American Civil War, its missionaries went to the South to help freedmen and planted many new churches in the region.

In 1838, the building was damaged during the riots that followed the destruction of Pennsylvania Hall.

Allen and his wife, Sarah Allen are both buried in the present church's crypt.[4] The current church building was constructed in 1888-1890, and it has been designated a National Historic Landmark."...
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*I added italics to highlight this sentence. Besides the "House of God" meaning of the Hebrew word "Bethel", I wonder if this partly explains why "Bethel" is frequently found in the names of Black (African American) churches.

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ADDENDUM- INFORMATION ABOUT AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Methodist_Episcopal_Church
"The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the A.M.E. Church or AME, is a predominantly African-American Methodist denomination. It is the first independent Protestant denomination to be founded by black people.[4] It was founded by the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816 from several black Methodist congregations in the mid-Atlantic area that wanted independence from white Methodists. It was among the first denominations in the United States to be founded on racial rather than theological distinctions and has persistently advocated for the civil and human rights of African Americans through social improvement, religious autonomy, and political engagement. Allen, a deacon in Methodist Episcopal Church, was consecrated its first bishop in 1816 by a conference of five churches from Philadelphia to Baltimore. The denomination then expanded west and south, particularly after the Civil War. By 1906, the AME had a membership of about 500,000, more than the combined total of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, making it the largest major African-American Methodist denomination. The AME currently has 20 districts, each with its own bishop: 13 are based in the United States, mostly in the South, while seven are based in Africa. The global membership of the AME is around 2.5 million and it remains one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world."....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Documenting The Custom Of Writing "We Approve" Or "I Approve" Comments In Certain South African & Other Nation's YouTube Discussion Threads

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post documents a writing custom that I've found on some discussion threads for certain YouTube videos in which the commenter writes that a particular nation or institution or group "approve/s".

The "we approve" in the title for this post is a short hand way of writing that those commenter from a particular nation, institution, or group approve of that showcased video's song or dance or the video itself.

This post includes my Editor's note about this "We approve" or "I approve" custom as well as a small compilation of examples of this custom from some YouTube discussion threads.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric and cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE:
"We approve" and "I approve" comments in YouTube discussion threads are short hand for sharing that a particular nation or institution or group approves of the particular song or dance that is showcased in that video, or approves of that video itself.


In the context of those comments "approve/s" means "likes" or "really likes" that song and/or dance and/or the entire video.

Less often, "We approve" or "I approve" may also mean that the commenter agrees with a comment that was just made in that video's discussion thread.

In addition to conveying that the commenter likes that video, these "We approve" and "I approve" comments are a way of repping [representing] the commenter's nation, institution, and/or group, and a way of giving an international shout out to that nation, institution, and/or group.

These "We approve" or "I approve" comments may consist of just those words or may include other brief remarks and/or nation abbreviations, and/or emojis. For example:
"Namibia approves 🇳🇦🇳🇦"

and

"Cape Town Approve👏👏🔥"

Sometimes the commenter prefaces his or her remarks with "On behalf of" before naming the nation, institution, and/or group that he or she is affiliated with. For example, "On behalf of all unemployed Social Work graduates. i approve."

Much less often, I've noticed that these "I approve" or "We approve" comments in YouTube discussion threads may also be another way of "co-signing" what another commenter has written. “I approve” or [insert name of nation, institution, and/or group] approves means that you or the nation, institution, or group that you are a part of emphatically agree with what that person has just said. On YouTube, a frequently used way of indicating the same agreement is merely writing that previous commenter's screen name.

Furthermore, those comments may be meant to be or otherwise be used as an introduction to a series of what I call "nation signing in" comments, i.e. the comment is followed by replies from other people from that nation, institution, or group.*

Most of the "We approve" or "I approve" comments that I've found are in YouTube discussion threads for secular or religious South African music/dance videos. However, I recall reading some "We approve" or "I approve" comments in some Caribbean music videos although I didn't retrieve any of those examples for inclusion in this [or any other] pancocojams post. I've also come across a few examples of this online writing custom in YouTube discussion threads for contemporary African American music.

With two exceptions, the compilation below are "We approve" or "I approve" comments from discussion threads for South African contemporary non-religious or religious music/dance videos.

I'm not sure when or where this YouTube discussion thread custom first started.

Any information about this online custom would be greatly appreciated.
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*What I refer to as "nation signing in" comments are another custom that I've documented in certain YouTube contemporary music videos. By "nation signing in" I mean a commenter writing his or her nation (or region such as the Caribbean} and directly inviting or prompting other people from that nation or region to rep [represent/give a shout out to] that nation or region. "Examples Of "Nation Signing In" Comments From The Discussion Thread For Wizkid's Nigerian Afrobeats Song "Soco" "http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2019/04/examples-of-nation-signing-in-comments.html is the first pancocojams post that I published about "nation signing in". Click the nation signing in tag below for more pancocojams posts that document some examples of that custom from the discussion thread of a particular YouTube music video.

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SPECULATION ABOUT THE SOURCE OF THIS WRITING CUSTOM
These "We approve" or "I approve" comments on YouTube discussion threads may have lifted this phrase from American [or other nations?] political ads. In American politics, "I approve this message" (sometimes in the past tense, also with "authorize" in place of "approve" or with "ad" instead of "message") is a phrase said by candidates for federal office to comply with this provision.
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_by_Your_Ad_provision
"The "Stand By Your Ad" provision (SBYA) of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA, also known as McCain–Feingold Act), enacted in 2002, requires candidates in the United States for federal political office, as well as interest groups and political parties supporting or opposing a candidate, to include in political advertisements on television and radio "a statement by the candidate that identifies the candidate and states that the candidate has approved the communication". The provision was intended to force political candidates running any campaign for office in the United States to associate themselves with their television and radio advertising, thereby discouraging them from making controversial claims or attack ads.[1]"

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SELECTED EXAMPLES OF "NATION APPROVE" OR "I APPROVE" COMMENTS FROM VARIOUS YOUTUBE DISCUSSION THREADS
These examples are from discussion threads for the linked YouTube video. These YouTube sources are given in no particular order, and their examples are numbered for referencing purposes only.

A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWJFHhsbv3A
EFF - UPHEPHELA, Feb 5, 2019
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Regarding "EFF" in this video's title, here's a quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_Freedom_Fighters "The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a South African far-left[15] Pan-Africanist political party. It was founded by expelled former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Julius Malema, and his allies, in 2013.[16] Malema is President of the EFF, heading the Central Command Team which serves as the central structure of the party.[17]

It is currently the third-largest party in both houses of the South African Parliament."
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The following comments are a small sample of the numerous "approve" comments that are found in this video's discussion thread.

Many of these comments from this video's discussion thread include abbreviations for South African universities. EFFSC [EFF student councils] are very active in those universities. Some of these comments indicate a name of a South African city or neighborhood. Other comments speak for a particular referenced population, a few comments indicate the name of a nation, one commenter speaks for the universe, and one commenter speaks for the continent of Africa.]

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2019/11/what-south-african-song-uphephela_23.html for Part I of a four part pancocojams post about EFF and its songs. That post is entitled "What The South African Song "uPhephela" REALLY Means, Part I (Lyrics)"

1. Nondumiso Msibi, 2019
"On behalf of all those proudly voted for EFF on 2019 elections, I approve #phephela

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2. Nsuku Assad Mbhalati, 2019
"On behalf of all unemployed Social Work graduates. i approve"

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3. nana nana, 2019
"Soweto Approves"

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4. Katleho Masilo, 2019
"The Working Class Approves 👌🏾👌🏾👍"

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5. Sibusiso Gabuza, 2019
"Cape Town Approve👏👏🔥"

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6. thembi kola, 2019
"The universe approves ✊🏾"

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7. Yamkeleka Manjeya, 2019
"on behalf of TUT I approve"

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8. Spirit of Praise, 2019
"Mthatha approves♡"

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9. given mahlangu, 2019
"The unemployed approves✊🏾."

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10. Khulanathi Nkosinathi, 2019
"On behalf of UCT i approve✊✊✊"

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11. ngcingawana81@gmail.com, 2019
"WE APPROVE AS UCT"

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12. Malamole Brendan, 2019
"EFFSC UNILIM BRANCH (UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO) APPROVES"

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13. Matome Lordwick, 2019
"😍😘Yesss...We approve"

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14. Mawande Mgojo, 2019
"Matatiele approves💪"

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15. Thabang Mahlangu, 2019
"The Capital CIty Approves"

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16. Booysen Bafana, 2019
"Wits EFFSC approves"

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17. Lerato Sefume, 2019
"I APPROVE"

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18. Letty Magagula, 2019
"unizulu Approves"

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19. Axe Sibuku, 2019
"I love this song. Phatha Juju Phatha!!... East London and BCMM approves"

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20. charu rangka, 2019
"I approve from cameroon"

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21. kwanele dładla, 2019
"South Africa approves"

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22. Lateh Fombin, 2019
"AFRICA APPROVES"

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23. Thobeka Promise, 2019
"Nongoma approves"

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24. Jacinto Sambendje, 2019
"Namibia approves"

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25. Nontsikelelo Montisetsi, 2019
"the suburban approve"

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26. Ipeleng Ngwatle, 2019
"South Africans abroad we approve...."

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27. Mihlali Joy, 2019
"The mighty Kovsies.... UFS approves ❤❤❤"

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28. Mickey nozewu, 2019
"Alexandra (Greenville squatters) camp approves"

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29. azile madikizela, 2019
"On behalf of Madikizela family......... i approve"

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30. World Wide Fitness, 2019
"Fly by night colleges approves"

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31. Sizwe Ntuli, 2019
"KwaZulu Natal approves"

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32. Wyclef Mjali, 2019
"Dubai approves"

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33. Amanda Lubanzi, 2019
"DUT Approves ❤❤"

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34. evans baloyi, 2019
"UJ All 4 campuses Approve✅"

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35. IMMACULATE MOSWATHUPA, 2019
"We approve✊🏽❤️"

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B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amB_rTcBqZ
BM - Bi Landa Landa Feat. Robinio Mundibu (Official Video), published Jun 3, 2019
1. Namibia approves 🇳🇦🇳🇦, 2019

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2. chisikana chacho, 2019
"Zimbabwe approves!!!!! This song is 🔥🔥🔥🔥"

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3. Pat Kasere, 2019
"Zimbabwe approves you get a thumbs up from me i like this new generation ndombolo .😘😘😘"

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4. Khositect Design, 2019
"SOUTH AFRICA APPROVES...Someone teach me lingaala please"

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5. John L. Shio, 2019
"🇹🇿🇹🇿🇹🇿 Approves"

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6. Emma Patience, 2019
"🇿🇦🇿🇦approves... Who else?"

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7. Amaru GOD, 2019
"🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲.....Jamaica stamp of approval!!!!"

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C. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuvF9WdP05o
Joyous Celebration - Yesu Wena UnguMhlobo (Live At The CTICC, Cape Town, 2019) (Live), Apr 17, 2019
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Abbreviations for certain South African universities and certain South African university student councils are also included in these comments.

1. sedzani mugivhi, 2019
"Nkosi yami 🙌🏾 JC 23 is doing the things!!
UJ DFC approves💓

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2. Itumeleng Mokoena, 2019
"UJ APK approves
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Student Centre"

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3. nthabiseng tladi, 2019
"We definitely approve❤✔😀"

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4. Baphatse Dladla, 2019
"As a member of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, I approve this song. Hymn 195 Xhosa."

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5. Thokozani Mthombeni, 2019
"New Mission African Church approves!!"

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6. Mokobo Rapeane, 2019
"Lesotho approves."

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7. Siphosethu Mbamba, 2019
"United Methodist Church approves!!

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8. lungelo mngoma, 2019
"(D.U.T) has approved it 👌👌👌❤️❤️"

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9. karabo lethabo, 2019
"0:44-45 thank me later. My brother was dancing in Holy Ghost 🤣😂🤞. Dankie JC. approved!"

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D. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tupb4xV-15w
pinky mokhele, 2019
"From shaku shaku to zanku....I swear Nigerians will be the death of meeeooo....#mzansi approves"
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"Shaku Shuku" and "Zanku" are contemporary Nigerian social dances. "Mzansi" is a referent for the nation of South Africa.

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E. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaEH1e_DLm0
Sister Act II- Joyful Joyful
Pete Sheehan, 2019
"Mr Noodle approves.
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one of the characters in this movie also played the part of "Mr. Noodles" on an American children's television series.

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F.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcm87U6RUHQ
Zendaya Channels Erykah Badu w/ 'Tyrone' | Lip Sync Battle, Sep 28, 2017
pushaman07, 2019
"Loved it she killed that Song "Tyrone Approved" call him"

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YouTube Videos Of Old And New Styles Of Ndombolo Dance (From Democratic Republic Of The Congo)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents information about the Congolese dance called "Ndombolo" and showcases seven YouTube videos of old and new styles of Ndombolo dance.

A few discussion thread comments are also included in this post.

This post also showcases the official YouTube video for .

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyright remains with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks also to all those who are quoted in this posts. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT NDOMBOLO
From https://www.mattersmusical.com/artists/bantu-african-acrobatic-group/ Bantu African Acrobatic Group's Bio
..."Soukous, another name for African rumba, is a genre of music that emerged in the Congo in the 1930s and 1940s. The name is derived from the French word secouer, meaning to shake. In the mid 1990s soukous evolved a new style called `Ndombolo’ – interspersing shouts with bursts of vocal melody and harmony over fast and powerful drumming."...

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From https://www.facebook.com/Pjafromusic/photos/a.313635222106403/331088487027743/?type=1&theater
"Papa Joze, September 7, 2013 ·

Ndombolo Dance

Ndombolo is a style of dance that is foundational to Congolese popular urban dancing. Characterized by moving one’s pelvis in a circular motion, occasionally thrusting the hips with the help of the bent knees, the ndombolo has become widespread not only across the DRC, but across Africa as well. In fact, many Africans refer to Congolese music as ndombolo. In countries like Cameroon, ndombolo dancing has been banned by the government for being too vulgar or obscene . While the origins of this dance are unknown by many Rhumba fans, there is an urban mythology surrounding it. If you ask Street Kids in Kishasa they will tell you it was created to mimic the way Kabila, the president who overthrew Mobutu, walked as he limped into the country from the Eastern forest region supported by Banyamulenge ( people who live in the moutains) Force. The older generation will tell you that the ndombolo imitates apes and monkeys, still others insist that the word ndombolo is derived from the Hindoubill word for marijuana, which they claim that makes one’s body go wild with movement. When I spoke to one Old man from Mbandaka North of Congo he made me to subscribe to the ape ( gorilla or chimpanzee) theory , he pointed out that the word itself describes how apes , monkeys or baboons walk ie with pomposity and boastful( kukanyaira , mukanya) if I would describe it the Zimbabwean way. When Kabila advanced from eastern congo , the Banyamulenge Force could have used the ape tactic . Chest out and appear big to intimidate the opponent you may win the battle without any fight.

NB this is a post to shed light on the origins of ndomolo dance and the word itself, hence I don't intend to invite political comments about Congo . However anyone with a different mythology is free to contribute. Top of the hour its Rhumba Time on www.visionsfm.com, ale tokende liboso"

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SHOWCASE VIDEO:
Video #1: JB MPIANA BAZO KOKA TE1



zible399, Sep 6, 2009

NDOMBOLO

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Video #2: AFRICA DANCE NDOMBOLO



thoms903, Apr 18, 2014

Africa dance ndombolo
Awilo Logomba - Werrason - Papa Wemba - Reddy Amisi
Bozi Boziana - Didier Masela
ETRvideo (2014)
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Unfortunately, the video publisher didn't put the names of the songs in order of their appearance in this video. However, he and others responded to some requests for the names of songs. These comments are given without their "thank you" responses:

1. FumuJahmez, 2015
"What is the name of Werrason's song at 10:35? Thank you brother"

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REPLY
2. thoms903, 2015
"+FumuJahmez Miss margo"

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3. santos664, 2015
"@Thoms903 do you know the name of the artist at 24:25..... I really would like to research more music on him. He has a great voice and style..... Thanks"

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4. thoms903, 2015
"+santos664 salut l'artiste s'appelle BOZI BIZIANA"

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REPLY
5. CORNELIUS SHIKANDA, 2016
"+santos664 what's the title of the song?"

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REPLY
6. King Shaddy Raddy, 2016
"9eme Commandment from the Bana Saint Gabriel (1998) album."

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7. Prince Shembo, 2015
"what is the song called at 20:00 i been hearing that song since I was a child and never knew the name?"

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8. Kyambikwa Emable Wabenga, 2015
"@Prince Shembo its werrason- solola bien"

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9. Nicaise BEUGRE, 2015
"Can someone tell me who is singing from 32'55 please.
He is the best!"

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REPLY
10. BoutCoeur, 2015
"+it's a song by Wenge Musica Maison Mere from the Album Intervention Rapide (1998) the singer is Bill Clinton Kalonji"

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REPLY
11. Africansoundboy, 2015
"+Ndumbi Gilles JP Mpiana, Bill Clinton Kalonji is the atalaku(rapper/animation)"

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12. moneymusic, 2015
"whats the name of the artist and the song at 31:00 someone help....thanx"

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REPLY
13. Hoffanheim, 2018
"moneymusic Papa Wemba Kolo Historie"

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14. CORNELIUS SHIKANDA, 2016
"hallo, can you tell us the correct name of the song at 24:40 by bozi boziana?"

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REPLY
15. Wilfuil San Luis, 2017
"CORNELIUS SHICKS nouvohyti"

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16. tevela Jr Maya, 2016
"hello what's the name and artist of the song at 2:40? thank you!"

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REPLY
17. Hoffanheim, 2017
"tevela Jr Maya werrason satellite"

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Video #3: NDOMBOLO DANCE (2015)



thoms903, Dec 26, 2014

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Video #4: LACOSTE DALWEAR - Tourbillon (Ndombolo Freestyle)



YA LEVIS DALWEAR MUSIC, Dec 31, 2016

Artiste : LACOSTE DALWEAR
Titre :Tourbillon (Ndombolo Freestyle)
Compositeur : Ya Levis / Lacoste Dalwear
Concepteur de la danse : Lacoste Dalwear

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Video #5: Fally Ipupa - Ecole (Clip officiel)



Fally Ipupa, Jul 25, 2018
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Here's a few comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only):
1. STANLEY N MUZAMU, 2018
"Fally i loved you the first day i saw u dancing and singing for Koffi Olomide..u were soo good and now are even dangerious with this new dance..loved by me all the way frm Namibia/Zim"

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2. Jane Kimuli, 2019
"You gotta have stamina to dance to these songs. No song is under 7mins. And the beat keeps changing. Not for the weak in the waist. 🤣🤣🤣"

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3. Jessica Monka, 2019
"Waist and legs for real 😂😂😂"

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4. Jeannot Mwangala, 2019
"Aahaha i can feel for u but as for us Congolese we're used to this at least this one very reasonable with their dance moves. We've seen more than this lol. Anyway enjoy😁👍"

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5. Josiane, 2019
"Jeannot Mwangala exactly 😂😂😂😂😭😭😭, especially werrason back in the day. His songs used to be so long with very complex movements but somehow everyone knew how to dance it lmaooo!"

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6. David Mkwizu, 2019
"Huuh.. stuff gets more serious in every new change of beat.. No rest.. Damn.. 😅"

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Video #6: BM Bi Landa Landa Feat. Robinio Mundibu (Official Video)

BM Official, Jun 3, 2019

Enjoy the new sound of congo with BM teaming up with Robinio Mundibu to form Bi Landa Landa. Dance along and send us your videos. Thew new generation sound of Congo where two artists join to form something special. Video directed by Kunai Lester (Montecarlodream) & BM. Uganda scenes directed by Martin Beta. This song is produced by BM and instruments played by Rarity Music from London.

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Video #7: Koffi Olomide - Papa Ngwasuma (Clip Officiel)



Koffi OLOMIDE, Premiered Aug 10, 2019
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Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
skolomania 242, 2019
"franchement koffi olomide malgré son âge il surprend toujours les gens avec des chansons formidables😍
il a fait danser nos parents maintenant il nous fait danser avec nos enfants.
son talent est donc interminable ?😂
cette chanson est sucrée 😂"
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Google translate from French to English:
"frankly koffi olomide despite his age he always surprises people with great songs😍
he made our parents dance now he makes us dance with our children.
so his talent is endless? 😂
this song is sweet 😂"

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Ivory Coast Singer Meiway - "Biboya" (with comments translated from French to English that explain what this song is about)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents information about Ivory Coast singer/songwriter Meiway and information about the musical genre he developed called "Zoblazo".

This post also showcases the official YouTube video for Meiway's 2016 song "Biboya".

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

I'm most interested in the music, dancing, and singing that are performed in this video as well as the traditional clothing & head wraps that the women wear and Meiway wears. However, as a person who only speaks and reads English, Google translates' English translations helped me understand what the song/video is about. Thanks Google translate. Additions and corrections are welcome.

All copyright remains with their owners.

Thanks to Meiway for his musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to Meiway for sharing this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MEIWAY
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiway
"Frederic Desire Ehui , best known as Meiway (born 17 March 1962 in Grand Bassam), is a singer from the Ivory Coast.[1] He is most notable for pioneering the Zoblazo style.[1] His hits include "200% Zoblazo", "Godeba", "Appolo 95", "Miss Lolo", and "DJ Tassouman"."...

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INFORMATION ABOUT ZOBLAZO
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoblazo
"Zoblazo is a musical style from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, created in the early 1990s. It is a cosmopolitan popular dance music with simple up-tempo rhythm and high tech instrumentation and contains a mixture of traditional dance rhythms from southern Côte d'Ivoire.

Zoblazo's best known exponent is Freddy Meiway, who has released a series of Zoblazo records starting in 1989 with the record "Ayibebou" with his group Zo Gang. An ethnic N'Zema from Grand Bassam, Meiway integrated folk rhythms from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana with and is danced to with a white handkerchief. From his second album in 1990 entitled 200% Zoblazo, Meiway became the second best known Ivorian and N'zema musician after Alpha Blondy, and has released a steady stream records, the most recent 9ème commandement –900% zoblazo released in 2007."...

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Meiway - Bipoya [Clip Officiel]



MEIWAY OFFICIEL, Apr 4, 2017

Cette chanson de l'album "Illimitic" sorti en Septembre 2016 m'a été inspirée par ce "buzz" lors de la finale de Miss Côte d'Ivoire 2014. Celui que je surnomme "Bipoya" (Victor Yapobi président du Comici) a défrayé la chronique. Ce titre pour immortaliser cette phrase historique : "Tu as abusé de moi..." de Yasmine Aka la mère d'une candidate malheureuse qui criait au scandale...Réalisation : Jean Jules Porquet pour Erico Séry, Mise en scène : Jean Jules Porquet et Meiway......Acteurs : Pancho, Manan Kampess, Jimmy Danger, N'tangu, Manou Jolie, Groupe Moayé......
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Google translate from French to English:
This song from the album "Illimitic" released in September 2016 was inspired by this "buzz" during the final of Miss Ivory Coast 2014. The one I nicknamed "Bipoya" (Victor Yapobi president of Comici) has hit the headlines. This title to immortalize this historic sentence: "You have abused me ..." by Yasmine Aka the mother of an unhappy candidate who cried out in scandal ... Director: Jean Jules Porquet for Erico Séry, Director: Jean Jules Porquet and Meiway ...... Actors: Pancho, Manan Kampess, Jimmy Danger, N'tangu, Manou Jolie, Groupe Moayé ...
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Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only)
The Google translate results from French to English are given after the comments that are written in French.

1. Ama Benny, 2017
"Meiway is a legend!"

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2. zingue Hilaire Tia, 2018
"Une très grande légende."
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"A very great legend."

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3. MegaDiva1999, 2018
"of all times. He should be known globally and recognised accordingly.Spectacular talent"

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4. Bobi Kouassi, 2017
"😂😂😂😂 paraît il que ça parle de l'abuseur Victor yapobi qui abuse des miss et leur mère"
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"😂😂😂😂 It seems that it speaks of the abuser Victor Yapobi who abuses the misses and their mother

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5. Elisee Irie, 2017
"Franchement ça m a fait penser à l histoire la miss et sa mère!!"
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Frankly it made me think of the story of the miss and her mother !!

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6. KeybleuM 2017
"Bobi Kouassi quand on y pense...bipoya, yapobi !"
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Bobi Kouassi when you think about it ... bipoya, yapobi!

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7. Nana Dasy, 2017
"Bobi Kouassi Mdr en plus il a dit son nom un peu vers la fin la Mdrr"
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Bobi Kouassi Mdr in addition he said his name a little towards the end the Mdrr
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"Mdrr" - "As a French translation of the English “lol” and used in exactly the same way, mdr or mort de rire means to be dying of laughter. You know you're chatting like a true native if you add a casual mdrrr to an online conversation." https://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/french-internet-slang-chat-online-native/

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8. Bobi Kouassi, 2017
"Nana Dasy lol oui il a dit son nom il lui a fait une dédicace. il a aussi fait une dédicace à yasmine aka ( celle qui a dit à la télé " tu as abuser de moi ) et il a même dit les miss cachez vous bipoya ( yapobi ) arrive..... bipoya ( yapobi ) est très petit mais il est très tranchant. yapobi doit porter plainte c'est une attaque direct 😂😂😂😂😂😂"
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"Nana Dasy lol yes he said his name he made her a dedication. he also made a dedication to yasmine aka (the one who said on tv "you have abused me) and he even said the miss hide you bipoya (yapobi) is coming ..... bipoya (yapobi) is very small but he is very sharp. yapobi must file a complaint it is a direct attack"

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9. Elise Djait, 2017
"Bobi Kouassi .cest sa mème"
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"Bobi Kouassi. It's his meme"

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10. Mohamed Coulibalym 2017
"Bobi Kouassi donc porté contre un artiste aussi existe koi la liberté d'expression à gagné temps"
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"Bobi Kouassi therefore brought against an artist also exists freedom of expression to save time"

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11. Melina Yao, 2017
"non il a bien fait parce ces elle une mec leçons parce dans la vie pour arriver a tes fin ya des sacrifices surtout pour être miss même chanteur la vie cest un choix ces forcer tu veut être miss qui sait par que pour être miss tu couche avec avec victor yapobi ou tu paye pour gagner d'autre font médicament pour gagner Malika Guindo qui voulait fesait parti des élections de miss côté d'Ivoire elle a fait accident et l'autre qui défilé et a trébuché et est tomber pour être miss côté d'ivoire tu paye cash ok donc mieway a bien prochainement tu va envoyé ta fille pour fait tu va payer cash"
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"no he did well because these she a guy lessons because in life to reach your end there are sacrifices especially to be miss same singer life is a choice these force you want to be miss who knows that to be miss you sleep with with victor yapobi or you pay to win other make medicine to win Malika Guindo who wanted to be part of the elections of miss side of Ivory she made an accident and the other who marched and tripped and fell to be miss side of ivory you pay cash ok so mieway has soon soon you will send your daughter for fact you will pay cash"

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12. Edwina Edwina, 2018
"Bobi Kouassi lolllll tu m'as kill"
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"Bobi Kouassi lolllll you killed me"

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13. Juan Cruz, 2020
"Idem🤣🤣🤣🤣"

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14. Yann Yao, 2020
"Yapobi est petit de taille aussi unh 🤔
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"Yapobi is small in size also unh 🤔"

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LYRICS - BIBOYA [English translation of some lyrics]*
(songwriter - Frédéric Désiré Ehui)

shake the women, shake the girls shake the misses.

the abuser arrives (bipoya).

tremble women, tremble girls, tremble the misses.

Bipoya arrives.

koutoubou (christian levry) souu (karaba the witch).

koutoubou deni deni, koutoubou bipoya.

kotoubou deni deni koutoukoutou Bipoya.

ô tra elengue ... ô tra koussou miaou miaou owa zeno sou.

Bipoya is small, but he is very valiant.

bipoya is very small ooh but it is very sharp.

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women hide.

girls hide too.

the misses hide you who can Bipoya arrives ooohh.

you abused me I don't know what tell me why.

you abused me oooh Bipo, ooh wé.

Yasmine aka, maduro.

sampagne, anne d'arc, meambly evariste.

suke humm, sidonie kotonglo.

koutoubou deni deni koutoubou Bipoya.

koutoubou deni deni oh koutoukoutou Bipoya.

O tra anaconda, O pkè kabè kabè hun.

otra koussou miaou miaou, ô azègouan sou.

Bipoya is small but very brave.

bipoya is very small oh but very dangerous (charles koko).

koutoubou deni deni koutoubou bipoya.

aba koutoubou deni deni oh koutoubou Bipoya, fabrice sawegnon.

you have abused me I don't know what tell me why.

you abused me ooh Bipo.

you dared.

you abused me (eeh) I don't know what tell me why.

you abused me ooh Bipo (alice kobenan).

eeh iyiwéeee, (sylvie niamoutié).

ah bipoya eh ah bipoya (ahoua ahoguié).

ah bipoya goledjo (rock yves bipoya).

ah bipoya goledjo, bipoya golé.

ah bipoya goledjo, eeehi bipoya golé (don karim).

koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

eeeh koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

you abused me ooh, (chorus).

eeehi you abused me ooh (chorus).

eeh koutoubou deni deni, (chorus).

aba koutoukoutoubou deni deni (chorus).

bipoya (theo d almeida), (fefe sovi, vieu père bictogo) aaarh.

(chorus) victor yapobi.

(refrain) bipoya golé.

(chorus) aaah bipoya golé.

(chorus) thierry koffi bipoya (chorus).

yves de m'bella bipoya (chorus).

koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

dagou kouyate bipoya (chorus).

elysee danguiiooo (chorus).

eehh koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

achimoto tanaka (chorus).

Yves Ane Kobea (chorus).

edgar marie de souza (chorus).

eeehi koutoubou deni deni (chorus) number 69.

koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

honorable sahifoulaye (chorus).

Olivier Dungu (chorus).

stacked sack (refrain).

koutoubou deni deni (chorus).

Source: Musixmatch

https://www.google.com/search?ei=EMUoXviJAs23ggeR74WYBg&q=biboya+lyrics+meiway&oq=biboya+lyrics+meiway&gs_l=psy-ab.12...0.0..300162...0.0..0.0.0.......0......gws-wiz.MIS1suDyDIE&ved=0ahUKEwj40b_HmZjnAhXNm-AKHZF3AWMQ4dUDCAs [lyrics partly in French]
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Please share information about this song if you know it. For instance, what was the other original language in this song besides French and are the English translations of those lyrics?

I recognized Victor Yapobi's name and Yasmine Aka's name in that song from reading the video summary and some of the comments given above. However, who are the other people mentioned in that song and why is the number 69 given in that song?

Thanks in advance for your help in explaining this song.

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