Evening Prayer

by Franck Biyong

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“What are your thoughts on corporates investing in the music industry?

Well, as far as we can remember, corporate people, corporations,
patrons of the arts, sponsorship have always been involved in the
artistic life even centuries ago in the eras of the western “renaissance”, romanticism or classicism...

Even the great European classical music composers…A large
number of them were there in the court of the King writing operas, symphonies or ballets designed to entertain the aristocracy and royalty of that time...

Popular music became a large scale industry in the mid sixties last
century: That era corresponds to a particular time when the people
born during or just after the second world war had come to an adult
age and outnumbered the rest of the population in most western
countries: That’s when rock and roll and pop music begun having
such a huge impact on popular culture and therefore became an
industry based on record sales, then ticket sales, then magazines
sales, then music videos, then cd sales and so on….

I don’t think that the problem may be corporations entering the
music business because they’ve always been there: I think that a change is needed in the way music is marketed, manufactured and sold because the rules have changed ever since 15 or 20 years.
These companies used to gather such huge profits without knowing what they were doing (the audiences aspirations pushed the artists and creators forward back then, not the other way around); Unfortunately, with the logic of standardization of mass production, whenever a music genre started bubbling in the underground it was immediately taken over, polished and repeated ad nauseum by record companies all over who produced so many record of copycat bands or talent less artists and therefore diminished the long term artistic credibility of these sub genres

So this industry kept reproducing endlessly the same formulas that were once successful without taking into consideration that trends come and go and that teenage audiences turn into mature audiences 20 years later. I think the time has come for “African music” to be
really, genuinely influential to the rest of the world. Maybe it’s time creative musicians take their destiny in their own hands and do
what the pioneers of the record industry did back then: create a
new language, a new market, seek for relevance and a new way
of nurturing the music business for themselves…”

Franck Biyong @ The Pan African Space Station
Chimurenga Library @ La Colonie – Paris, France

“Who Killed Kabila?” Exhibition
Dec 13th-Dec 17th 2017
www.chimurenga.co.za/archives/6663

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released March 16, 2018

All tracks written by FB
Except BE FUNKY written by Ronald Snijders from
the Legendary Album BLACK STRAIGHT MUSIC
Label: Black Straight Music ‎– BSM 0103
Netherlands - © 1981 Ronald Snijders
-Check it out Folks-

Recorded @ Toko Mc (Amsterdam), Espace Kiron (Paris)
ADA Creative Studios (Nairobi), Afrolectric Mobile Studio
Recording Engineers: Nicolas Legrand, Dylan Sejpal, FB
Mixed by Grant Phabao & FB @ Paris Djs
Mastered by Benjamin Lafont & FB
Produced by FB


BAHIEK JUNGLE, BE FUNKY,
ATON GOLDEN RA SOME MORE
Drums: William Ombé
Keyboards: Michel Gagliolo
Bass: Patrick Jean Baptiste
Tenor Sax & Flute: Séverine Eouzan
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marc Borlet-Hote
Guitar: FB

CHARLOTTESVILLE, EBONY PRAYER
Drums: Thomas Bellon
Bass: Jean-Sebastien Viau
Percussion: David Houblon
Piano & Keyboards: Leïla Olivesi
Baritone Sax: Jon Dacuna
Trombone: Toli Almasi Reid
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marc Borlet-Hote
Tenor & Soprano Sax: Gerald Grandman
Guitar: FB

MOON WATCHING
Organ, Arp Solina, Trinity & Prophecy
Synthesizers: Florian Pellissier
Pads, Keyboards, Moog, Synthesizer,
Guitars, Sound Effectcs: FB

A PLACE CALLED THE MARKET
Drums: Thomas Bellon
Piano: Leïla Olivesi
Trumpet: Marc Borlet-Hote
Bass, Berimbau, Percussion, Keyboards,
Synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, Pads,
Sound Effects, Guitars: FB

DOUBLE RAINBOW
Trumpet: Marc Borlet-Hote
Percussion: Desire Nkouandou
Double Bass: Zacharie Abraham
Fender Rhodes: Mathieu Desbordes
Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers,
Pads, Moog, Bass, Guitars: FB


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Franck Biyong Yaounde, Cameroon

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

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