21​.​12​.​2012 (Truth or Lies​?​)

by Franck Biyong

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21.12.2012 (Truth or Lies?)

RESEARCH IN AFRICOLOGY / Volume 3
2015 Remastered Version

"21.12.2012 (Truth or Lies?)" is a striking summation and reflection of Franck Biyong's singular gifts and versatile musicianship. Constructed out of his usual collage of studio and live elements, this album shows a more relaxed side to another wise intense and complex production, promoting not just melodies but stretched out solos and music for music's sake.

The record reflects the rapidly changing and tormented modern times and pinballs between classy Afro jams, psychedelic ambient sounds, avant jazz, prowling beats and blissful weeping guitar solos. Here Biyong exploits the timbral possibilities of the various woodwind instruments, pattering percussion and peals of keyboards.

There is definitely more space on this album than ever before on Franck's previous recordings, a sparse but heavy mood that isn't just Afro Jazz or experimental music influenced either: The ever changing and fertile arrangement ideas once again prove that Biyong's unusual musical imagination in highly attuned.

Produced & Arranged by Franck Biyong
Remastering: Benjamin Lafont

© 2013 Afrolectric Music Ltd.

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released April 25, 2013

MAROUA
Fender Rhodes, Keyboards: Florian Pellissier
Bass: Jean-Sébastien Viau
Drums: Thomas Bellon
Percussion: David Houblon, Thierry Tauliaut
Conductor, Guitar: FB

KYENKYEN BI ADI M’AWU, 2012 (Truth or Lies?)
Tenor, Soprano sax: Nicolas Baudino
Trumpet: Marc Borlet-Hote
Baritone sax: Xavier Sibre
Keyboards: Leo Cruz
Bass: Olivier Berthelot
Drums: Mambo Sticks
Percussion, Vocals: Vagner Bezerra,
Jorge Bezerra
Conductor, Guitar: FB

WELCOME TO SILENCE WORLD
Samples: Dj Julien Lebrun
Fender Rhodes: Florian Pellissier
Wurlitzer: Nicolas Baudino
Percussion, Drum Programming, Keyboards,
Beats, Effects, Samples, Guitars: FB

PRELUDE
Samples: Dj Julien Lebrun
Drum Programming, Keyboards, Percussion,
Lead & Rhythm Conga, Effects, Tablas, Bass: FB

DESERTS OF WATER
Flute: Yann Cléry
Tenor, Soprano sax: Nicolas Baudino
Trumpet: Marc Borlet-Hote
Baritone sax: Jon Dacuna
Alto Sax: Rodolphe Lauretta
Fender Rhodes, Keyboards: Florian Pellissier
Bass: Jean-Sébastien Viau
Drums: Thomas Bellon
Percussion: David Houblon, Thierry Tauliaut
Conductor, Guitar: FB

FREEDOM & DESTINY
Keyboards: Erik Ritfeld
Bass: Silvano Matadin
Drums: Udo Demandt
Conductor, Guitar: FB

SPIRITUALS OF AFROLOGY part 4
Tenor sax & Soprano sax:
Jean-Pierre Dulin, Laurent Couliou
Alto sax & Flutes: Stéphane Aillet,
Camille Sechppet
Trumpet: Julien Secouet, Claude Millet
Fender Rhodes: Jean-Marc Herbreteau
Synth & Effects: Laura Sicault
Guitar: Stéphane Pillu
Bass: Rolf Razafindrakoto,
Mathieu Plouchard
Drums: Olivier Deroo
Percussion: Christophe Cysique,
David Houblon, Sandrine Bouvet
Conductor, Guitar: FB

SANKORE
Fender Rhodes: Olivier Emsellem
Fabrice Theuillon: Flute

MINKA ROADS
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marc Borlet Hotte
Tenor & Soprano Sax: Nicolas Baudino
Keyboards: Florian Pellissier
Bass: Patrick Jean Baptiste
Drums: Moussa N’Diaye
Conductor, Guitar: FB

AFROLECTRIC INCANTATION
Drums: Christophe Cysique
Bass: Jean Sebastien Viau
Percussion: Ousmane Ndiaye
Percussion: Omar Sakho
Keyboards: David Houblon
Tenor Sax: Jean Pierre Dulin
Baritone Sax: Camille Sechpett
Alto Sax: Stephane Aillet
Trumpet: Claude Millet
Backing Vocals: Audrey Gabriel, Sylvette Erialc,
Marie N’Diaye, Lady Okra, Yasmine Gentil
Conductor, Guitar : FB

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Franck Biyong is a Cameroonian Guitarist, composer and singer, creator of the Afrolectric sound.

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