lol the artists introduced by the leaders of the previous generation make up generation 5 (that's on an official level) other artists like mimitah and laurette la perle (who i will eventually post about) who don't have big recognized backing but still have a buzz would be considered part of the wave of the 5th generation as well but congolese music buffs wouldn't really call them that i don't think. they're not really on the radar of the type of people who know all the musicians of every band, every singer and the whys and whatfors behind bands breaking up etc. it is technical terminology with a loose interpretation from what i understand. the people kinda crown folx as it goes along.
like with wenge musica for example. that one band was short lived but their success was so great they solidified a 3rd gen spot. then the stars that splintered off from there (werrason, jb mpiana, etc) had huge bands with great success that began the 4th gen. those bands splintered off into other bands too. similar to zaiko (langa langa stars, choc stars, etc) but with those splintered off groups so many of the original members worked with one another so often that the offshoots are just considered part of the era where zaiko langa langa reigned in general (from the mid70s through the mid80s).
there are a bunch of artists i haven't even touched upon yet 'cause i just didn't have their music back when i made this post but i will definitely be adding on as long as this post is alive! lol i was gonna ask to have this archived but i'm not done yet!