PASS in Amsterdam: Franck Biyong
Frank Biyong is a musician, composer and producer who lives in Yaounde and Paris. Biyong operates outside the boundaries which map the trajectories of African musicians in and out of the continent.
As a producer and musician, Biyong has collaborated with Afropolitanist greats such as Keziah Jones, Tony Allen, Cheick Tidiane Seck and many more. He founded and leads the groups Massak and Afroelectric Orchestra.
Frank Biyong will perform live on PASS in Amsterdam on Monday 12 December from 18:00 – 19:00.
In the meantime
Our Space Station in in the docks for some repairs this week (back soon) but that doesn’t mean the music stops. Check our Khayelitsha Blues crew Warongx performing ‘Onomathotholo’ during their recent PASS residency at Tagor’e. Raw, loud and proud mix of wide warm blues yodelling, homegrown field hollering, revolutionary lyrical dexterity and soul-drenched, jazzy playing. The man most often behind the drums at Tagore’s, Claude Cozens has a new website. Visit www.claudecozens.com and be sure to get a copy …
Franck Biyong & Massak – Visions of Kamerun
Cameroonian composer and producer Franck Biyong who appeared at PASS 2009 is back with a new Afrolectric release. Recorded in Cameroon, Visions of Kamerun see Biyong and his Massak crew navigate the psycho-geography, history and dreams of his home country, as well as the roots, passages and slipstreams that link it to Europe. Featuring 18 tracks including nine sustained spoken interludes, the album offers a nod to the wisdom, vision and style of Bob Marley’s Talking Blues (released in 1991 …
Franck Biyong – LIVE at Centre for the Book, Cape Town
On 1 October 2009, Pan African Space Station presented Franck Biyong and Massak Afroclectic Orchestra, LIVE at Centre for the Book Cape Town. Cameroonian composer and producer Franck Biyong operates outside the boundaries which map the trajectories of African musicians in and out of the continent. After migrating to France in the late 80s, he consciously bypassed Paris and Brussels’ factories of Afro-pop slickness to establish himself as an electro producer in the London Underground. And although he formed Massak …