Francis Bebey

Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

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1. Sanza nocturne 2. Bissau 3. Sanza Tristesse 4. Africa Sanza 5. Forest Nativity 6. Sunny Crypt 7. Binta Madiallo 8. Tumu Pakara 9. Di Saegri 10. Ngoma likembe 11. Guinée Special compilation from Parisian re-issue kings, Born Bad, of the late Cameroonian master musician, Francis Bebey. This is the material we were hoping would follow the excellent comp from last year. Amazing 'universal' music currently only available on expensive originals. Double album with printed innersleeve. BIG TIP! *Full Sounds Up Soon!* "The first time I saw a sanza (a type of African "thumb piano"), it was just sitting there on a piece of furniture in my family's living room/dining room – a space that our father also transformed into a recording studio every day. It seemed more like a box than a musical instrument: a mysterious instrument, which arrived at our house, like many things, in a somewhat miraculous way. We knew our father loved to collect anything that could produce a sound. I don't know where he got this sansa. It was rather crude, clearly handmade, with only a few "keys" or "tines". I don't think he really played this one. The sounds it produced seemed particularly bizarre; to my young musician's ears, trained in Western classical music, it sounded out of tune. That's because, like my brothers and sisters, I had been trained on the piano. I had trouble understanding how anyone could endure these tones and, honestly, our father's passion for "unusual sounds" did not interest me. I was in secondary school at the time (the very late 1970s) and was not at all oriented toward musical projects. I planned to graduate, and then become a chef. In the early 1980s, my interest in music picked up. I was still undecided about my career. I was content to pursue my "serious" English studies while hanging out at jazz clubs at les Halles in Paris, where I sometimes joined jam sessions. Next, I put together my first band with professional musicians; I had hidden my age and lack of experience from them. France was just beginning to accept "world music." Musicians of every nationality were performing in Paris. It was a wonderful period. My father asked my brother Toups and me to accompany him for a few concerts. In particular, we toured Tunisia together at the time of the 1983 Carthage International Festival. Back then, my father was renowned across the French-speaking world. Everyone looked forward to hearing his humorous songs, like "Agatha" and "La condition masculine." But, behind the scenes, he continued his research concerning electronic music, the sansa, pygmy polyphony, etc. One day he put a sansa in my hands, without saying a word. He was sending me a message: "Let's see what you can do with it!" That's when I really discovered something. Exploring the instrument and playing, I transcended the "imperfect" aspect of its sound and began to discover its fascinating potential. Playing the sansa, you enter a world that enraptures you in a very serene and mesmerizing way. I think its sounds evoke a rainbow, with rain falling while the sun shines. A very peaceful feeling. It allows you to make music that truly sounds like life. The sansa is also the instrument that my father and I shared the most because I am a pianist and he was a guitarist. I also share this eminently African instrument with my musician brother, Toups. Our father loved to tell us one of the legends of the sansa: how it even managed to dispel the boredom felt by... the Creator himself! This instrument gives life to the world, to beings and things. I did not participate in the production of the various records that my father devoted to the sansa. He did it himself, you might say, in his "laboratory." Yet today, I cannot imagine playing a concert without using a sansa. The piano remains present so that listeners don't become disoriented and wonder about the weird sounds invading their ears! However, I find the eccentric and disturbing side of sansa interesting. And the sansa always affects the audience: in reality, it excites them. The secrets of this instrument are surely its beneficial powers and... its magic!" Patrick Bebey

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Release Date

02.10.2014

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BB 064LP

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Afro Beat
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Francis Bebey
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African Electronic Music Born Bad
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Francis Bebey
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African Electronic Music Born Bad
Afro Beat
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Francis Bebey
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Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 Born Bad
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Francis Bebey
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Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 Born Bad
Techno
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Remix EP (Pilooski, Caribou, Young Marco) Born Bad
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Techno
12''
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Remix EP (Pilooski, Caribou, Young Marco) Born Bad
Afro Beat
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Francis Bebey
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African Electronic Music 1975-1982 Born Bad
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Afro Music
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African Electronic Music 1975-1982 Born Bad
tba
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Various
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Dynam' Hit: Europop Version Francaise 90-95 Born Bad
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Various
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Dynam' Hit: Europop Version Francaise 90-95 Born Bad
Disco
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Chebran
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French Boogie 1981-1985 Born Bad
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Chebran
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French Boogie 1981-1985 Born Bad
Arab
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Group Doueh & Cheveu
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Dahkla Sahara Session Born Bad
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World
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Dahkla Sahara Session Born Bad
Afro Beat
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Dahkla Sahara Session Born Bad
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Group Doueh & Cheveu
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Dahkla Sahara Session Born Bad
E Pop
2-LP
La Femme
25.95 €
Mystere Born Bad
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Rock / Pop / Indie
2-LP
La Femme
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E Pop
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Mystere Born Bad
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La Femme
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Mystere Born Bad
Electronica
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Khotin
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New Tab Pacific Rhythm
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Electronica
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Khotin
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New Tab Pacific Rhythm
Pop
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Various
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Sky Girl (2 LP, 2022 Repress Edition) Efficient Space
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Various
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Sky Girl (2 LP, 2022 Repress Edition) Efficient Space
Afro Funk
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Elcados
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This World Is Full Of Injustice Afrodelic
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Afro Music
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Elcados
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This World Is Full Of Injustice Afrodelic
Disco
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Saada Bonaire
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Saada Bonaire Captured Tracks
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Saada Bonaire
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Saada Bonaire Captured Tracks
House
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Peggy Gou
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Moment EP Gudu
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House
12"
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Peggy Gou
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Moment EP Gudu
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Various
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Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989 Dark Entries
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23.95 €
Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989 Dark Entries