After many concerts in Europe and a tour in South Africa, it is about time to release a first album! So many of you have asked for it.
Thanks to you the exchanges will continue beyond the concerts.
Sung in Xhosa, my mother tongue, the ten tracks of the album are all stories that recount my relationship with the land of my ancestors. In helping me make this album you will allow these songs to be shared around the world.
This music project was born in 2012 in Marseille. Since then I have been touring and developing it with my musicians.
I write and compose my own songs. I also play percussions. The arrangements are made in collaboration with guitarist Fred Salles, who has lived in South Africa. Each musician brings in some of his universe and we refine the repertoire together.
With me on stage are Dimitri Reverchon on percussions, Lamine Diagne on wind instruments, and Fred Salles, Wim Welker or Cyril Perón-Dehghan on guitar.
The musical universe of this album is created by the voices and the acoustic instruments. Its roots are in my Xhosa culture -that of Mandela- and the exchanges I have had between continents continue to nurture it. The listener can hear some shades of jazz, as well as other colours from Africa.
Within my music I invite you to share emotion and experience the thrill of trance.
My songs tell stories of ghosts, lovers on their way to their first encounter, a mother whose child is crying, men chained at the bottom of a mine... Stories of spirituality and humanity.
My inspiration is the African concept of Ubuntu. In my mother tongue we use three words to define it: Umuntu, Gumuntu, Ngabantu.
In English, "I am a person because I am among other people", or simply put: "I am because we are".
Musically and artistically I grow up among you. Through my music I wish to contribute to your life with moments of emotion and joy, and to take you on a beautiful journey.
Today I need your support to finalise an album that I hope will allow us to go further!