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African Electronic Music 1975​-​1982

by FRANCIS BEBEY

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LE MELANGE UNIQUE ET INSOLITE DE LA MUSIQUE TRADITIONNELLE AFRICAINE ET DES MACHINES. Pionnier africain de la musique electronique dans les années 70, Francis Bebey nous propose des chansons généreuses et pleines d’humour avec des synthétiseurs et boites à rythme bricolés. Un dépaysement musical inédit aux relents d’avant garde!

Le musicien camerounais Francis Bebey est un spécimen rare. Il débute sur la scène musicale en composant des pièces africaines pour la guitare classique. Il donne des récitals tout en menant une carrière de journaliste, puis de fonctionnaire international. Le même élan créatif le pousse à écrire également des chansons de variété, dont certaines, qui connaissent un gros succès en Afrique et dans le monde francophone, sont des adaptations chantées de romans qu’il écrit. Mais peu de personnes savent que, dans les années 70, Francis Bebey se lance dans la musique électronique. Les premiers orgues, claviers électroniques et boîtes à rythmes lui donnent la possibilité inédite de devenir le chef d’orchestre exhaustif de ses compositions. Grâce à la technique du re-recording (enregistrement de plusieurs pistes juxtaposées sur la même bande), il ouvre avec délices une nouvelle page de son histoire musicale et produit plusieurs disques (« Savannah Georgia », « New Track », « Haïti ») qui sont autant de raretés par leurs explorations créatives que par leur gravure sur vynil. La période est riche car le champ des possibles est sans limites et les instruments nouveaux et étonnants. Des sons inouïs au sens premier du terme vont alors apparaître sur la planète Bebey…

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Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey is truly one of a kind. He entered the music scene with his African compositions for classical guitar. He gave recitals while pursuing a career in journalism and then as an international civil servant. The same creative impulse also led him to write pop songs, and some of which (based on novels he had written) became big hits in Africa and in the French-speaking world. But few people know that in the ’70s, Francis Bebey delved into electronic music. The first electronic keyboards, organs and drum machines offered him new possibilities of totally controlling his compositions. He embraced the technique of “sound on sound” recording (recording several tracks, sequentially juxtaposed on the same tape). This new stage in his musical career included the production of several records (“Savannah Georgia,” “New Track”, “Haiti”), rarities both for their creative explorations as well as their manifestations on vinyl. This was a particularly rich period for him, as he tested the limitless possibilities of the medium, and made use of surprising and novel instruments. Incredible sounds – in the literal sense of the word – would soon appear on the planet Bebey…

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released June 3, 2012

Artwork – Benoit Le Petit
Liner Notes [Translantion] – Jon Von Zelowitz
Photography [Photo Back Cover] – Pierre René-Worms
Remastered By – Norsq
Written-By, Composed By – Francis Bebey

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