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2018 release, the first album in 13 years from the acclaimed trio. Martinican Gérald Toto, Cameroonian Richard Bona and Congolose Lokua Kanza made one of No Format's first albums in 2004. Three voices that are equal, three singular careers, three quite distinct universes with one thing in common, like a nutritive sun, more or less distant : Africa. Sensitive, carnal, colored, alive and lived by Richard and Lokua - the former from the Cameroon, born on a plateau named Adamaoua, between the savannah and the virgin forest, the latter from the Congo - both linked by the might of the Congo river sweeping along the myths and reality of a timeless Earth - and the experience of exile, the discovery of ultra-contemporary cosmopolitanism tinted with the nostalgia that belongs to diasporas. Inherited, confiscated for Gérald, a Caribbean born in Paris, carried away in turn on the great drive of his deported ancestors, in the vanguard, despite himself, of this new, crossbred world that is to come, already here, there and elsewhere.
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 4.96 x 0.39 inches; 2.75 Ounces
- Manufacturer : No Format
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Date First Available : October 27, 2017
- Label : No Format
- ASIN : B076T6XZVT
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #328,297 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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In a song like the album's opener "Ma Mama," the group takes a sunny approach, shuffling and bopping in an irresistibly joyful flamenco-infused pop romp. "Youwile" is like a haunting story told by candlelight, with a husky baritone rumbling through a mist of jazz guitar. And the exultant "Thitae" swoops and soars with a hint of spirituality as the trio's voices explore the freedom to flip into an improvisational falsetto while the drums handle both the rhythm and the low notes. These are just a few examples of the diversity in the sound, but rest assured: the band has much more to offer beyond this.
Each song on this album is breathtaking in its own right, defined by subtlety and control but benefitting from a chemistry among the band members that is palpable throughout. If you're a fan of Seu Jorge or Ladysmith Black Mambazo, you'll find something to like here, but Bondeko is truly incomparable; though its style may be similar to others, its arrangements and delivery will ensure this release tucks itself into your chest.