Each Wednesday, The World Africa presents three new musical releases from or inspired by the continent. This week, focus on Bibi Tanga's new opus (with her Selenites), KOG's solo album (without her Zongo Brigade) and Sai Galaxy's first EP (around Simon Durrington).
"The Good Side of your Face", by Bibi Tanga & The Selenites
Born in 1969 in Bangui and arrived in Paris at the age of 9, the singer and bassist Bibi Tanga draws a large part of its inspiration from across the Atlantic by combining the funk of James Brown, the soul of Curtis Mayfield, jazz of course, but also the Afrobeat of the Nigerian Fela Kuti. Evidenced by the album The Same Tree (released Friday, September 16), fourth opus with his group, The Selenites, formed by Professor Inlassable on turntables, Arnaud Biscay on drums, Arthur Simonini on keyboards and Rico Kerridge on guitar. In English and Sango (main language of Central African Republic), the quintet sublimates the codes of the black music American.
"Lord Knows", by KOG (feat. Franz Von)
Between jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, gospel and African percussions, it is an unclassifiable piece but of a formidable efficiency that Kweku Sackey alias "KOG" (for "Kweku of Ghana ”) uploaded as a clip in late July. This title, on which he invites the Jamaican-born rapper Franz Von, is taken from his first solo album, released in February and entitled Zone 6, Age in reference to the suburbs of Accra where he grew up. Previously, the one who now lives in Sheffield, in the United Kingdom, had notably distinguished himself with his group, The Zongo Brigade, but also within the Afrofuturist project Onipa and alongside the afrojazz collective Nubiyan Twist.
"Get it in the Sun", by Sai Galaxy (feat. Olugbade Okunade)
Finally, head to Australia, where multi-instrumentalist Simon Durrington founded the Sai Galaxy collective with the aim of rediscovering the West African groove of the 1970s and 1980s by fusing afrobeat, funk and disco. For this, he freed himself from digital sequencing, preferring the spontaneity of percussion, brass and synths, and called on artists such as the Nigerian Olugbade Okunade, former trumpeter of Seun Kuti within the group Egypt 80, or the Ghanaian Gabriel Otu. Released in mid-July, their four-track EP, Get it as you Move, is an irresistible invitation to dance – a need " vital ", according to Simon Durrington.
Find all the musical favorites of the editorial staff in the youtube playlist from World Africa.