Franck Biyong & Massak
Franck débarque en Europe à l'âge de 14 ans. Il découvre la pop, le rock, le jazz. C'est du côté de Brighton, en Grande-Bretagne, que Biyong s'installe pour travailler en studio et plonger dans l'electronica britannique… Jusqu'à la mort de Fela, en 1997. Il forme alors à Paris son propre ensemble d'afro beat afin de perpétuer l'héritage musical du Black President. Le groove équatorien de Franck Biyong se taille rapidement une belle renommée des deux côtés de l'Atlantique. Le titre Bla devient un hit dans les clubs en 2002. Franck Biyong baptise "Afrolectric sound" son approche pimentée de nu-soul, d'electro funk et de jazz de cette pulsion afro beat imparable.
Line-up : Franck Biyong (voc lead, g, cond), Nicolas Baudino (s, fl), Loic Da Silva (kbs), Bruno Jean-Angèle (b), Jaya (perc), Auguste Manly (dms)
Site(s) officiel(s) : www.myspace.com/franckbiyongandmassak •
Born in December 1973, Franck BIYONG was attracted by music at a very early age. From Cameroonese parents, he spent most of his childhood and teenage years in West-Africa where he studied and learned music through the influence and guidance of his father, a noted choir singer, guitar and bass player from a very religious family who had a Baptist church in Cameroon back then.
At first, he studied piano, but rapidly turned to drums and percussion, for he was already clearly influenced by West African popular music sounds: the formation of his musical identity started right there.
He left Africa for Europe at the age of 14 and discovered other musical styles and genres there that helped him to redefine his musical tastes and opened his ears to western pop music in general. After a serious bike accident, he abandoned drums for guitar, bass and basic keyboards, deciding along the way he would become a professional musician .He started working with every band or musical unit or ensemble that requested his services as a multi-instrumentalist, in all musical styles.
In parallel, he developed his own style recording demos influenced by his musical heroes and trying to get record deals in France and England. His tapes got the best reception in England where he then settled, working as a session man in Brighton and composing many tracks for different labels.
After FELA's death in 1997, he decided to return to France and form his own band. Constant touring and recording helped him gain recognition on the revival scene: He performed on European stages and travelled to New York, starting working with different labels. He launched his Afrolectric Music Productions label while becoming one of The Afro Music diaspora's best kept secrets. The tracks he released regularly pioneered the Afro-soul sound that helped him to gain a new audience and a wider attention to his Afrolectric music.
This Year 2007 witnesses the official release of MASSAK's first LP "HAITI MARKET" co-produced with the Paris' based label Le Maquis and distributed by Harmonia Mundi "HAITI MARKET" is a blend of all BIYONG's influences and opens the door to new sounds and concepts in Afro Music MASSAK will be touring in 2008.
Don't miss them live !