Album Review

Bebey, Francis – “African Electronic Music 1975-1982” – [Born Bad]

humana   5/27/2012   12-inch, International

The exuberant creativity of this Cameroonian musician is evident on all four sides of these two discs. Upbeat rhythms predominate as we witness what Bebey’s daughter describes as the artist’s fascination with creating sound textures from the family’s new electronic organ. Mallets, gourds, spoons on soda bottles, English, French, and Duala lyrics all contribute to the greatness found in this musical landscape that summons Sahel, deserts, tropical flowers, bananas, water, and walking a new track of freedom. Sides C and D are the more electronic sounding, while Sides A and B feel more traditional and laidback. Enjoy a master in his element.

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