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Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984

Francis Bebey
Psychedelic Sanza 1982 - 1984
Label: Born Bad Records
Catalog Number: BB064
Released: 2014
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There is so much to discover about prolific Cameroonian artist Francis Bebey. While some know him for “The Coffee Cola Song” (with an infectious riff on the one-note bamboo flute reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man”), others in the academic sphere know Bebey as the polymath responsible for enhancing the field of Musicology with his African Music research. Amusingly, neither Bebey audience seem to know the other side of him, e.g. one day my Ethnomusicology Professor assigned Francis Bebey reading for our exam, and I asked “as in the Coffee Cola Song guy??” to which she stared at me blankly. On Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984 both sides of Francis Bebey (groovy and scholarly) coalesce as he synthesizes his passion for electronic music with his study of traditions such as the instrument sanza (AKA sansa / mbira / thumb piano), and Pygmy music staples: one-note flute and polyphony. Psychedelic Sanza is a mind-altering journey that leaves you feeling reborn, like you’ve just emerged from a week of vision seeking in the forest.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A1 Sanza Nocturne, B1 African Sanza, B2 Forest Nativity, A3 Sanza Tristesse

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Tags: Compilation / Home Listening / Hypnotic / Psychedelic / Traditional
Tracklist:

A1 Sanza Nocturne
A2 Bissau
A3 Sanza Tristesse
B1 African Sanza
B2 Forest Nativity
B3 Sunny Crypt
C1 Binta Madiallo
C2 Tumu Pakara
C3 Di Saegi
D1 Ngoma Likembe
D2 Guinée

Credits:

Written By, Composed By, Recorded By – Francis Bebey
Concept By – JB Guillot
Sound Restoration & Mastering – Norscq
Artwork – Elzo Durt

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