Posted by: Dr. Y. | November 24, 2012

Résistance Africaine: “Les Immortels” de Franklin Boukaka / African Struggle: “Les Immortels” from Franklin Boukaka

Franklin Boukaka

Franklin Boukaka

Les Immortels” is a song written and composed by Franklin Boukaka, the great Congolese singer, to honor the great Moroccan leader Mehdi Ben Barka, African resistants, and world revolutionaries.  Franklin Boukaka was a singer ahead of his time who loved his country, and had a passion for liberty.  Franklin Boukaka was a freedom fighter, poet, composer, activist, and fought for African independence both politically, but above all by his great songs which today are still sung across Africa (you all have probably heard of “Aye Africa“).  Born into music on 10 October 1940, with musician parents, he was murdered during the coup that deposed Ange Diawara during the night of 23-24 February 1972.  His greatest album was “Le Bucheron” realized with Manu Dibango, which contains “Les Immortels.” With all that is happening in Africa, with the coup against Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d’Ivoire, the crush of Libya and the guide of the revolution Mouammar Khadafi, and with the destruction of Mali, “Les Immortels” is still of actuality.  Enjoy!


  1. […] sont les lyriques de la chanson “Les Immortels” de Franklin Boukaka.  Lorsqu’on lit les paroles, on se dit “quelle beauté! […]


  2. […] “Les Immortels” by Franklin Boukaka, it is only normal that I would talk about Mehdi Ben Barka himself, and why he brought so much hope […]


  3. […] of hope, we are all agents of good, and we need to be agents for the betterment of Africa.  As Franklin Boukaka said of Mehdi Ben Barka, and would say to us now: ’ our work is that of […]


  4. Arguably a great artist


  5. Afrikan youth need thi song like Bob Marleyz Redemption song. They should not be for sale. PLEASE MONEY PEOPLE.


    • I totally agree with you. My mother told me that, when they were little, they used to sing this song in school, and it was quite popular with the youths.


  6. Hi everyone. Being myself from DR Congo with Lingala as my parents unifying language, I knew the song “Aye Africa” because it was sung at many schools. But I never knew or heard “Les Immortels”. I heard it for the first time on the panafrican radio called “Africa number 1” based in Libreville (Gabon). I couldn’t leave my radio set to do something else because I was stunned, amazed, shocked by how deep the lyrics of the song was. This was around 2000. Franklin Boukaka was just massive as musician.


    • Yes… I agree Mich, Franklin Boukaka was a visionary, a patriot, and a man ahead of his time with deep love for his country, and his continent.


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