Franck Biyong took his time, brewed up his sounds on
international circuits and the Paris underground scene…
and finally unleashed a album with a surprise at every corner.
Haiti Market is a challenging 14-tracker which embarks the
listener on a voyage right from its sizzling opener. Biyong’s
bass voice invites us to visit “the underground world”.
The Music he has composed is racy and spiced up by generous
doses of funk, jazz and soul – all to a strong bass line that oozes
with energy. Biyong’s confident vocals appear to have a certain
inspiration from the slick US funk movement of the late Seventies.
It makes Haiti Market a fascinating UFO with the slick production
of Afrolectric Music reflecting the maturity of the only French group
to have played SOB's in New York. The smoothness of the musical
texture contrasts with the toughness of the lyrics. Like a velvet
glove shrouding an iron fist the beauty of the poetry does not hide
the anger and denunciation driving Biyong. The mingling of
metaphors and poetry are omnipresent in the tracks, sung in
English, French, Pidgin English or Portuguese. Listeners will also
be impressed by the vocal jousts and experimentation between
Afro-funk chatter and the beguiling women harmonies.
This is a chilling music describing an apocalyptic world of shadows
and secrets. Offsetting this are throat-freeing laughs, playful ditties,
snatches of relaxed conversations and sounds of daily life. It gives
a feeling of a musical diary, a stream-of-consciousness with an
impressive swagger to it. But the apparent nonchalance does
not hide a rigor that should make this little known music break
through to greater things in the near future.
Daniel Brown (Mondomix)
Produced & Arranged by Franck Biyong
Remastering: Benjamin Lafont