Francis Bebey – Un Petit Ivoirien
Cameroon born novelist, poet, musicologist, historian, radio DJ and multi-instrumentalist Francis Bebey (1929) conjured up this relatively unknown record for Ozileka Records in 1979. If you’re familiar with his classical guitar work, this stuff may come as a suprise. Deploying an assortment of synthesisers, the tunes range from feather-light afropop to very exciting grooves. One of the best features is the soundmix, that has a very attractive demo quality to it. I wouldn’t be suprised if Bebey played all instruments here. It’s a nice album as it is, but heat is provided by the humorous track Il n’y a pas de crocodiles a Cocody (There are no Crocodiles in Cocody) that has insanely loud percussion and a narrator (Bebey) who occasionally hums along with the weirded out melody.
Listen to: Francis Bebey (Il n’y a pas de crocodiles a Cocody)