In March 2016, during the first edition of the Re-Imagined Storytelling festival held in Nairobi, Positively African launched an online contest inviting African writers on the continent and in the Diaspora to write an African folktale for the 21st Century. Out of nearly 100 entries, twelve were selected and scheduled for publishing by Pavaipo (East and Southern Africa) and Ouida Books (West Africa) in an anthology called Story, Story! Story Come! in December 2018.
There was a growing consciousness to want to know more beyond the fantastical, aesthetically appealing representation of Africa in fabric and art, beyond the stereotypical entertaining display of African culture through music, drum circles and dance displays. With this idea in mind, Positively African decided to get in touch with Biyong to write original music for each story of the planned audio books. Ultimately while working on the project, Franck gradually tapped into his own musical influences and piece by piece began designing the music as a tribute to legendary Space Jazz innovative composer and band leader SUN RA.
This is the African experience you didn’t know you needed…Franck now shares this music on “Afro Galactic Spaceway”, an experimental Jazz work that intends to look into the story of culture through music, exploring beyond rhythms and chants and placing fictional characters and modern African heroes in leading positions controlling the pace and the narratives.
Released on AFROLECTRIC MUSIC / AFRICORI
We are glad to present a brand New Year record by Franck Biyong for a tribute to legendary band SANTANA.
This very special musical celebration of Afro-Latin-Rock Music will delight you and features performances of some of East Africa’s finest instrumentalists such as Asaph Uzele on Bass, Emma the Drummer, Moses Njoroge on Keyboards and Percussion Ensemble Debe Debe.
Afro rock is a style of rock music pioneered in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Nigerian acts such as MonoMono, BLO, Ghana’s Alhaji K. Frimpong and the Pan African super group Osibisa. Franck’s musical instincts were awoken in a Baptist household and sharpened by Makoune, Assiko, Electronica, Funk, Rock and Jazz. The Electric Guitar would later become his tool of trade.
These Musical Roots transplanted to Mexico and the US are exactly what SANTANA always showed a sharp awareness of when he long ago declared in an interview: “And you know, again, the roots of all our music comes from Africa”. Franck and his band therefore proudly present a “cross-back” thrilling performance showcasing the many links between Africa’s poly rhythm and the many artistic expressions it originated in the New World.
Released on AKHETATON RECORDS / BELIEVE DIGITAL