Guitarist Blick Bassy Shares His Cameroonian Raw Materials
The Cameroonian guitarist, Blick Bassy, now resides in rural France and wields a convincing banjo as well. The tunes on Bassy’s magic record, Akö, were intended to be an homage to the Mississippi bluesman Skip James, yet manage to parade between folk and jazz, perhaps stopping to dance with Malian music (think Ali Farka Toure) and Brazilian Tropicalia (Caetano Veloso), along the way. Revel in Bassy’s falsetto vocal lines sung in the Cameroonian language of Basaa over elegant and minimal cello and trombone accompaniment. Bassy & his co-conspirators play music from Akö, live in the studio.