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The definite one, the ultimate far-out journey with the legendary Francis Bebey –

Issued via Born Bad Records, Psychedelic Sanza does as the title suggests… The African thumb-piano is a centrepiece to the mind-frazzling afro explorations of Bebey, the Cameroun-born Parisian who displayed a whole array of talents during his life (1929 – 2001) – He was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, journalist, sculptor, musicologist, writer & polomist, a creative force that managed to channel his worldly-ness with his art.

This collection of works from ’82-’84 manages to capture a feverish sort of percussive, melodic and song-driven feeling throughout it’s course, with Bebey’s Sanza syncopations tuning into the synapses as deeply grooving basslines, talking drum, flute, guitar, thudding kick drums and his african, folk-styled, yet almost alien in it’s delivery, vocal sing-song drifts from sweet and full of lifeforce, to distorted and timestretched – always in harmony with the urgency of the tunes – and that is the real strength of this record… There is such a unified feeling to it all… Nothing feels out of place, and each tune swells amongst it’s peers like a beating heart.

Masterful stuff, proper escapism into the most exotic corners of the imagination and a wholly spiritual trip, this is one of those records that will unveil itself to you in new ways with each listen.

Served in real good-looking gatefold, with printed inners housing each 12″ disc, shrinkwrapped.

TRACKLIST:
Sanza Nocturne
Bissau
Sanza Tristesse
African Sanza
Forest Nativity
Sunny Crypt
Binta Madiallo
Tumu Pakara
Di Saegi
Ngoma Likembe
Guinée

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