To mark the release of History, his new album, the "king of mbalax" and former Minister of Culture and Tourism in Senegal has agreed to be Qwest TV's Guest of the Month. Here, he answers our questions.
Discreetly or a solo role, the pathways of the berimbau cross continents, practices and traditions, between the sacred and the profane. From Miles Davis to Danyèl Waro, from Simon Winsé's musical mouth bow to Hermeto Pascoal's musique concrète, the berimbau sometimes drifts where it is not expected to, into realms of experimentation and proud resistance... Here is Qwest TV's overview.
One big hit and there you go. That was Kokoroko’s story in 2018. At the time of writing, "Abusey Junction" has a total of 28 million listens on the platform. It only took one song for popularity to export the octet well beyond the English borders. On the basis of this track addressed to everyone, Kokoroko has been increasing its sell-outs for several months, and is preparing for a summer full of festivals.
With 1958, the Cameroonian musician presents his most political record yet: Blick Bassy has put his voice, his gentleness and his Bassa folk in service of the history of the militant activist Ruben Um Nyobè, the forgotten father of Cameroonian independence.