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Franck Biyong — Evening Prayer (March 16, 2018)

Franck Biyong — Evening Prayer (March 16, 2018)

Cameroon flag  Franck Biyong — Evening Prayer (March 16, 2018)Franck Biyong — Evening Prayer (March 16, 2018)Born: 3 December 1973
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Genre: Experimental Electro, Funk, Guitar Virtuoso, Jazz~Funk, Pan~Global, West African. 
Instruments: Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Album release: March 16, 2018
Record Label: AFROLECTRIC MUSIC / AFRICORI / Akhetaton Records
Duration:     33:44
Tracks:
01. Moon Watching     1:43
02. Bahiek Jungle      5:24
03. Charlottesville     4:33
04. A Place Called The Market     3:26    
05. Be Funky     5:46
06. Ebony Prayer     4:53
07. Double Rainbow     2:22
08. Aton Golden Ra Some More     5:37
Personnel:
BAHIEK JUNGLE, BE FUNKY,
ATON GOLDEN RA SOME MORE
✹    Drums: William Ombé
✹    Keyboards: Michel Gagliolo
✹    Bass: Patrick Jean Baptiste
✹    Tenor Sax & Flute: Séverine Eouzan
✹    Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marc Borlet~Hote
✹    Guitar: FB
CHARLOTTESVILLE, EBONY PRAYER
✹    Drums: Thomas Bellon
✹    Bass: Jean~Sebastien Viau
✹    Percussion: David Houblon
✹    Piano & Keyboards: Leïla Olivesi
✹    Baritone Sax: Jon Dacuna
✹    Trombone: Toli Almasi Reid
✹    Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marc Borlet~Hote
✹    Tenor & Soprano Sax: Gerald Grandman
✹    Guitar: FB
MOON WATCHING
✹    Organ, Arp Solina, Trinity & Prophecy Synthesizers: Florian Pellissier
✹    Pads, Keyboards, Moog, Synthesizer, Guitars, Sound Effectcs: FB
A PLACE CALLED THE MARKET
✹    Drums: Thomas Bellon
✹    Piano: Leïla Olivesi
✹    Trumpet: Marc Borlet~Hote
✹    Bass, Berimbau, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, Pads, Sound Effects, Guitars: FB
DOUBLE RAINBOW
✹    Trumpet: Marc Borlet~Hote
✹    Percussion: Desire Nkouandou
✹    Double Bass: Zacharie Abraham
✹    Fender Rhodes: Mathieu Desbordes
✹    Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Pads, Moog, Bass, Guitars: FB
Description:
•••   Franck Biyong is a Cameroonian Guitarist, composer and singer, creator of the Afrolectric sound. Franck Biyong was born in France but grew up in Gabon , Nigeria and Ivory Coast. His father went to France as a student, graduated, became an English teacher and moved his family back to West Africa . Franck and his siblings attended the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He originally studied piano but dropped it in favour of drums, percussion and eventually, guitar. Franck’s fondness for African~American Jazz guitarist, Wes Montgomery’s „Canadian Sunset“ got him interested in electric guitar.
•••   At age 14, Franck moved to England where he started working with various bands and recording demos influenced by musical heroes Prince Nico Mbarga, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, William Onyeabor, King Crimson and many others.
•••   „I WANT TO TEAR DOWN THE BARRIER THAT SEPARATES AFRICAN MUSIC FROM THE MAINSTREAM. I WANT TO GET INSIDE THAT SPACE AND BRING ENOUGH AFRICAN FLAVOR IN THE ROCK N' ROLL WORLD TO CREATE A DISTINCTIVE SOUND.“ — FRANCK BIYONG
„What are your thoughts on corporates investing in the music industry?“
•••   Well, as far as we can remember, corporate people, corporations, patrons of the arts, sponsorship have always been involved in the artistic life even centuries ago in the eras of the western “renaissance”, romanticism or classicism...
•••   Even the great European classical music composers… A large number of them were there in the court of the King writing operas, symphonies or ballets designed to entertain the aristocracy and royalty of that time...
•••   Popular music became a large scale industry in the mid sixties last century: That era corresponds to a particular time when the people born during or just after the second world war had come to an adult age and outnumbered the rest of the population in most western countries: That’s when rock and roll and pop music begun having such a huge impact on popular culture and therefore became an industry based on record sales, then ticket sales, then magazines sales, then music videos, then cd sales and so on….
•••   I don’t think that the problem may be corporations entering the music business because they’ve always been there: I think that a change is needed in the way music is marketed, manufactured and sold because the rules have changed ever since 15 or 20 years.
•••   These companies used to gather such huge profits without knowing what they were doing (the audiences aspirations pushed the artists and creators forward back then, not the other way around); Unfortunately, with the logic of standardization of mass production, whenever a music genre started bubbling in the underground it was immediately taken over, polished and repeated ad nauseum by record companies all over who produced so many record of copycat bands or talent less artists and therefore diminished the long term artistic credibility of these sub genres
•••   So this industry kept reproducing endlessly the same formulas that were once successful without taking into consideration that trends come and go and that teenage audiences turn into mature audiences 20 years later. I think the time has come for “African music” to be really, genuinely influential to the rest of the world. Maybe it’s time creative musicians take their destiny in their own hands and do what the pioneers of the record industry did back then: create a new language, a new market, seek for relevance and a new way of nurturing the music business for themselves…“  (Franck Biyong @ The Pan African Space Station, Chimurenga Library @ La Colonie — Paris, France) / “Who Killed Kabila?” Exhibition, Dec 13th~Dec 17th 2017.
Discography:
✹    Realms Of Atlantis (2006)
✹    Haiti Market (2007)
✹    Spirits into Sounds (2008)
✹    Rhythms of our Memory (2009)
✹    Visions of Kamerun (2010)
✹    Voodoolectric Ground (2010)
✹    Jazz & Africa: Knowledge Identity Reconstruction (2011)
✹    Meeting the Basic Needs of The People (2011)
✹    Ki i Ye Yi (2012)
✹    21.12.2012 (Truth or Lies?) (2013)
✹    Moonwatching (2015)
✹    Afro Bikutsi Live! (2017)
✹    Evening Prayer (2018)
✹   www.chimurenga.co.za/archives/6663
© 2018 Afrolectric Music Ltd. / Akhetaton Records
Website: http://www.franckbiyong.net/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Afrolectric
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/franck-biyong
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franckbiyongmusic
Label: http://africori.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/franckbiyong1
Bandcamp:  https://franckbiyong1.bandcamp.com/album/evening-prayer
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Franck Biyong — Evening Prayer (March 16, 2018)

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