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Blick Bassy

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Sung entirely in French-Cameroonian Blick’s native language of Bassa and co-produced by Renaud Letang (Feist, Lianne La Havas, Charlotte Gainsbourg), 1958 is the follow-up to 2015’s much praised Akö.
Blick has dedicated his album in its entirety to the memory of Ruben Um Nyobé, the anti-colonialist leader of the Popular Union of Cameroon (UPC), who was shot dead by French troops on 13th September 1958, two years before the country became independent. The UPC had been campaigning for fifteen years, during which time many people died, some-thing which until recently has been subtly annihilated from history by the French and Cameroonian state.
Bassy delivers a defiant tribute to the heroes who fought and died for the independence of his native Cameroun. Its focus is specific, but its themes - the bondage of neo-colonialism, the need for heroes, the relevance of history and the search for true identity - are universal.
1958 is a beautiful blend of Blick’s distinctive voice and guitar, cello (Clement Petit), trumpet and keyboards (Alexis Anerilles) and trombone (Johan Blanc).
Now based in France, Blick’s music first took shape with the award-winning band Macase with whom he released many albums, culminating in the release of Akö, which included the track ‘Kiki’, used to launch the iPhone 6 in 2015. http://www.blickbassy.com/
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