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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Cameroonian Blick Bassy lets loose on a very gentle solo debut that offers a mix of Central African, West African, and Brazilian styles. The three fit together surprisingly well (there's plenty of kora and ngoni to keep a West African grounding), and he has the kind of light voice that suits his material well. There's certainly no problem in the performances, recorded in Bamako, Mali, and his adopted hometown of Paris. The material, though, is relatively lightweight, which can be both good and bad. There are some nice touches, with "Sebenikoro" a big standout, but for the most part it becomes wallpaper, just slipping in one ear and out the other -- not exactly what you ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Cameroonian Blick Bassy lets loose on a very gentle solo debut that offers a mix of Central African, West African, and Brazilian styles. The three fit together surprisingly well (there's plenty of kora and ngoni to keep a West African grounding), and he has the kind of light voice that suits his material well. There's certainly no problem in the performances, recorded in Bamako, Mali, and his adopted hometown of Paris. The material, though, is relatively lightweight, which can be both good and bad. There are some nice touches, with "Sebenikoro" a big standout, but for the most part it becomes wallpaper, just slipping in one ear and out the other -- not exactly what you want in a CD. As a singer, Bassy has the quality (he sings in Bassa, a relatively obscure Cameroonian language), but he would benefit from better songs on his next outing to stand out from the African crowds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Four Quarters Ent
  • UPC: 822545181224
  • Catalog Number: 1812
  • Sales rank: 303,516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Africa (3:04)
  2. 2 Maria (4:21)
  3. 3 Massè (3:41)
  4. 4 Nlal (4:31)
  5. 5 Donalina (4:09)
  6. 6 Sèbènikoro (1:19)
  7. 7 Nlèla (3:01)
  8. 8 Bolo (4:09)
  9. 9 Mintaba (3:31)
  10. 10 Yesu (3:56)
  11. 11 Song Boum (1:11)
  12. 12 (2:52)
  13. 13 Zappa (3:21)
  14. 14 Ikou (3:41)
  15. 15 Nkolmesseng (0:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blick Bassy Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Valery Lobe Percussion, Cajon
Guy N'Sangue Bass Guitar
Laurent Vernerey Double Bass
Sekou Kouyate Kora
Jean-Louis Solans Acoustic Guitar
Haruna Samake Ngoni
Valerie Lobe Percussion
Fatoumata Diawara Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Aubaille Flute, Melodica
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jean Lamoot Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jean-Louis Solans Producer, Audio Production
Blick Bassy Arranger
David Aubaille Arranger
Bassy Olama Blick Composer
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