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Toyebi Té

Toyebi Té

by Lokua Kanza
     
 

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Composer, singer, and producer Lokua Kanza made his name in Parisian Afro-pop circles with a smooth, acoustic style that ran counter to the pummeling synthesizers and dance beats favored by most. On Toyebi Té Kanza bends the light and sweet into a compellingly stark dreamscape that's surely one of the most expressive African albums to come along in quite

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Composer, singer, and producer Lokua Kanza made his name in Parisian Afro-pop circles with a smooth, acoustic style that ran counter to the pummeling synthesizers and dance beats favored by most. On Toyebi Té Kanza bends the light and sweet into a compellingly stark dreamscape that's surely one of the most expressive African albums to come along in quite a while. Opening with his own multi-tracked a cappella vocals framing jazz harmonies over the barnyard sounds of an African morning, Kanza freely mixes urban and rural references, nesting sparkling vocal and instrumental lines in open-air recordings, juxtaposing contemporary R&B with African folk drumming and guitar. The intimate atmosphere, bolstered by close-miked voices, deep gourd drums, and hushed strings, belies Kanza's hands-on approach -- he plays nearly all the instruments, sings lead and harmony vocals, and arranged everything, apart from the string orchestra expertly deployed on the R&B-styled "Come Back to Me." Mixing languages, from African tongues to French and English, as well as styles Western and non-, Toyebi Té has plenty of appeal for fans of albums such as Manu Chao's Clandestino -- it's a more elaborately produced cousin, telling the stories of immigrants and their struggles from the African perspective. Kanza's lyrics are full of hope, faith, and folk wisdom, but it's the slinkiness of his grooves, juxtaposed with supremely moody atmospherics, that will deservedly attract attention.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Not a million miles from Geoffrey Oryema, Lokua Kanza, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a lilting, pan-African style. He might not show the roots of his homeland, but this is ineffably an African record -- largely acoustic, melodic, and carried by Kanza's gentle voice. The record works best, perhaps surprisingly, when he doesn't sing in English -- in large part because the English lyrics are execrable ("Good Bye" being a prime example). He does veer into smooth jazz/R&B territory at times, which really doesn't serve him well; there's more to him than that, and the glibness has very little of the depth he manages elsewhere. He's really at his best when the sound is stripped-down, really allowing him to shine because his mellifluous voice is unmistakably the star of the show. Kanza has a future, that's beyond doubt. On the basis of this record, he'll never be a major name, but still one worth hearing across the years.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728300322
catalogNumber:
3003
Rank:
203983

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lokua Kanza   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Noise,Cavaquinho,Hand Clapping
Komba M. Bellow   Percussion,Drums,Voices
Arabella Rodriguez   Percussion
Nanko Milkov Dimitrov   Violin
Didi Ekukuan   Bass,Percussion,Voices,Choir, Chorus
Carla Lokua   Choir, Chorus
Stéphy Lokua   Choir, Chorus
Sylvain Luc   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Passi   Synthesizer,Vocals,Rap,Choeurs
Marcellin Yacé   Flute
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra   Strings,Performing Ensemble
Richard Epesse   Basse
Nicolai Gagov   Violin
Iliana Selimska   Harp
Vasil Kazandjiev   Leader,Celli
Margarita Calceva   Bass
Ognian Constantinov   Viola
Dimitar Dancev   Violin
Petar Ganev   Violin
Adrian Gheorghiev   Violin
Todor Gheorghiev   Celli
Valentin Gherov   Leader,Viola
Iulita Kirova   Violin
Novislav Mihajlov   Violin
Simeon Stajkov   Celli
Ognian Stancev   Viola
Marin Valcianov   Bassoon
Deyan Pavlov   Conductor
Nicolaj Yanakiev   Violin,Leader
Kremena Atcheva   Flute
Greg Bondo   Percussion
Yassen Enchev   French Horn
Vladislav Grigorov   French Horn
Vanya Ibrishimova   Violin
Ralitza Kazandjieva   Viola
Aretha Lokua   Vocals
Polyphonie Mongo   Vocals,Voices
Negina Stoyanova   Violin
Nikola Varbanov   Violin
Village Tamberma   Talking
Kostadin Yotzov   English Horn

Technical Credits

Komba M. Bellow   Arranger
Arabella Rodriguez   Engineer
Lokua Kanza   Arranger,Programming,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Passi   Programming
Dominique Fillon   Contributor
Stéphane Reichart   Contributor
Joëlle Rouault   Executive Producer
Deyan Pavlov   Director,String Conductor
Hubert Decottignies   Contributor
Tex Avril   Contributor
Elena Chouchkova   Contributor
Anne Olga DePass   Arranger,String Arrangements
Arnaud Dervaux   Engineer
Véronique Duval   Contributor
René Lokua   Contributor
Ian Manuel   Engineer,Contributor
Sauf Mboka   Contributor
Village Tamberma   Contributor

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