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“I WANT TO TEAR DOWN THE BARRIER THAT SEPARATES AFRICAN MUSIC FROM THE MAINSTREAM. I WANT TO GET INSIDE THAT SPACE AND BRING ENOUGH AFRICAN FLAVOR IN THE ROCK N' ROLL WORLD TO CREATE A DISTINCTIVE SOUND.” 

- FRANCK BIYONG

 


New ALBUM
"AFRO BIKUTSI LIVE!"
Featuring
the diamane bantu messengers
Out DECEMBER 2017


Recorded at Le Festival de Loire
Scene de la Belle Equipe - Quai du Chatelet - Orleans, France

“We were booked to perform at this outdoor festival in Orleans
and as we were about to depart from Paris, our percussionist
still was nowhere to be found. We eventually had to travel
without him, as we couldn’t afford to miss either our sound
check or our performance.

Playing African Music without ANY percussion is considered to
be sacrilegious by many, even a complete blasphemy to some
(which I perfectly understand) and we weren’t that thrilled to
perform without one of the key members of our musical unit
being present.

Strangely enough, we wound up playing with more raw and
bold energy than ever and this potentially lame show turned
out to be one of our finest moments on (and off) stage.
This show was promoted and produced by Mr. Pierre Perrault
and his ABCD organization (whom we hereby thank), and
attended by probably the best and most enthusiastic crowd
we have had the experience of playing for”


New directions in music
featuring
ORCHESTRE LIPOMBE JAZZ
"IBOLO INI" 
Released JUNE 2017

SHINING A NEW LIGHT ON POSSIBILITIES

"IBOLO INI" is a psychedelic journey beginning with the the rhythms of
pan-African villages and pygmy tribes, to the vibrant beat of Central African
cities. The album makes a stop in Paris for some analogue synthesis and
ends up in East Africa with traditional and ethnic instruments being fused
to create a dreamlike soundscape urging a fusion of the traditional with
the intangible. Recorded in a number of studios and featuring a host of
indigenous instruments, this is truly a pan-African album referencing the past,
present and future.

Released on ADA CREATIVE / AFRICORI