African Electronic Music 1975-1982


Francis Bebey was born in the Cameroonian port of Douala in 1929. The son of a Protestant minister, grew up surrounded by literature and music. Apparently able to play any instrument he got his hands on, from the guitar to sanza or pygmy flute. He was an artist in the deepest meaning of the word, musician and writer, one of Africa’s most famous personas. He was the man who dug into his roots and made them bloom, to be admired by everyone. Many consider him as the father of world music. In the ’70s, Francis Bebey delved into electronic music. The first electronic keyboards, organs and drum machines offered him new possibilities of totally controlling his compositions.

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