Cameroon, Syria, Copenhagen, Paris and Munich. What do all of these places have in common? They were a part of musician Biboul Darouiche’s upbringing, and can all be found in his internationally-recognized cultural sound.
While described as “afrobeat,” “tribal-pop” or just “jazz,” the true beauty of Biboul’s multicultural fusion can’t be described and simply needs to be heard. He leads his band, Soleil Bantu, in merging the Bantu tradition’s rich rhythmic music history with the many sounds of his travels. As Biboul himself sings in his native Ewondo language, “No matter the style, I’m kaleidoscoping the groove.”
Songs from Soleil Bantu are featured in the Rise compilation. The dirty blues and jazzy keyboards in “New World Order” make you think as you dance to the Bantu-inspired rhythm. “Dzogene Ma” then bursts with funky personality in its complex, playful rhythms that catapult Rise into its climax.
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