Eboa Lotin, the radio (Elimb’a Dikalo)

Eboa Lotin

“Elimb’a Dikalo” is the Duala (African language) expression for “Radio”, literally the drum of story-telling. It is also a track by Cameroonian singer-songwriter Eboa Lotin and a song that defines him: he honestly speaks (sings), like what he would expect of a self-respecting radio to broadcast, about life and its social events, good and bad without sweeping anything under the rug. In spite of his relatively small amount of releases (about 70 songs and an unfinished album), … Read on…

Afro-Folk

Afro-Folk is the name we give to a type of ethnic Folk originating in Africa. The African-rooted singer-songwriters include the so-called Griots. Although amalgamated in one phrase, Afro-Folk encompasses many musical styles that varies from tribe to tribe across African regions. In ancient African cultures, notably the Mali Empire, the griots were professional and hereditary musician and storytellers who manipulated the tribe(s) language(s) and their instrument with great skill. They acted as ambassadors across tribes … Read on…

Re-Introducing Georges Brassens

George Brassens

Intro French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens was born 22nd October 1921, in Sète, a small harbour town on the French Mediterranean coast from a notoriously anti-cleric dad and a strictly catholic mum. It is one of his teacher that introduces him to poetry, and the rest is history. Georges Brassens is as well-known in France today as The Beatles are in England. People whistle his melodies on the streets, pass them on through generations. … Read on…

Re-introducing Pierre Akendengué

Pierre Akendengue

Gabonese Singer-songwriter Pierre Akendengué fuses his African upbringing and his European further education to find and never part from his true self and passion: being a music artist. Pierre Akendengue has been one of the great masters of 20th-21st century contemporary African music for over four decades. He was born in Gabon and Gabon initiated him to the music and celebrations of its villages, to the sounds of its forests, which have since designed his … Read on…