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Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975 - 1982


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Crucial collection from the master Francis Bebey!

A retrospective of truly incredible, clued up and innovative songs and electronics from Francis Bebey. Drum machines and oddball synths intertwine with Bebey's wonderful vocals and deft guitar playing... High Life New Wave...

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 1970s, 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.

Weighty double pack goodness, served up sounding and looking niiiiice

1. New Track
2. La Condition Masculine
3. Wuma Te
4. Divorce Pygmee
5. Fleur Tropicale
6. Tiers Monde
7. Agatha
8. Pigmy Love Song
9. Catching Up
10. Sahel
11. The COffee Cola Song
12. Super Jungle
13. Savanah Georgia
14. ll n'y pas de crocodiles a cocody

New Track

La Condition Masculine

Fleur Tropicale

Wuma Te