Cameroonian composer and producer Franck Biyong who appeared
at The Pan African Space Station Festival in Cape Town (2009) is back
with a new Afrolectric release.
Recorded in Cameroon, Visions of Kamerun see Biyong and his crew navigate the psycho-geography, history and dreams of his home
country, as well as the roots, passages and slipstreams that link it
to Europe. Featuring 18 tracks including nine sustained spoken interludes, the album offers a nod to the wisdom, vision and style
of Bob Marley’s Talking Blues (released in 1991 on Tuff Gong).
Mixed in Paris, the album brings together delicate traditional percussion, subtle afro-jazz drumming, beautiful minimal guitar riffs, and Massak’s typically powerful horn section, with soulful vocals from Franck Biyong, Sandra Nkaké and Gladys Gambie.
Defining a salutary musical movement called New Afropolitan Jazz,
with a solid, deeply sincere emotional core, the album balances sound
exploration, rhythmic vivacity, soul depth and cultural immersion.
Produced and Arranged by Franck Biyong
Remastering: Benjamin Lafont