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Léman
     

Léman

by Blick Bassy
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Four Quarters Ent
UPC:
0822545181224
catalogNumber:
1812

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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

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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