‘..transparent, understated and very beautiful’ Albums of the Week Evening Standard
‘..a short but beautifully realised gem from an innovative Paris label’ Observer
‘A charming, intriguing set’ *** Guardian
‘..an elegant minimalist delight from the Afro-blues of ‘Ake’ to the old-time jug band feel of ‘Kiki’, via ballads, jazz syncopation and African folk traditions’ Songlines Magazine
Following the acclaimed release of Akö – an idiosyncratic yet infectiously catchy blend of guitar, banjo, cello, trombone and the artist’s soulful voice – Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy will perform with his three-piece band on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 11 September. Major acclaim in France has been followed by reviews in The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard and Songlines Magazine. And, as well as being played by Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Cerys Matthews on 6Music and by Max Reinhardt and Mary Anne Kennedy on BBC Radio 3, Blick’s music was chosen by Apple for a worldwide campaign to advertise the iPhone6.
Blick Bassy formed his first band in Cameroon at the age of 17. They were called The Jazz Crew and would later develop into Macase, an inventive jazz fusion group inspired by local rhythms with three singers, all singing a different Cameroonian language. It was here that Blick began to reinvigorate Bassa as a language that could be used in modern music, a language that he felt the younger generations should appreciate. After 10 years of performing with Macase – in which the group toured around Africa and played a number of festivals in Europe – Blick grew frustrated with the lack of infrastructure for an artist in Cameroon and decided to move to Paris. It was there, in 2005, that Blick started his solo career, at first collaborating with a wide range of artists, before eventually releasing his debut album Léman (a record that fused West African and Central African rhythms) in 2009, and following it up with Hongo Calling (which was recorded in Brazil following Blick’s research into the musical link – mainly through slavery – between Cameroon and Brazil) in 2011. After the release of this album he moved to Cantin, a small village in the North of France, which is where you’ll find Skip James’ photo hanging on his wall.
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