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Gibraltar Drakus // Hommage A Zanzibar LP / TAPE

Gibraltar Drakus // Hommage A Zanzibar LP / TAPE

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Cameroon Yaounde's Bikzi writer Gibraltar Drakus is a reissue album released in August 2023. (originally released in 8)

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Gibraltar Drakus literally exploded in popularity with their first album, Hommage A Zanzibar (10), which sold over 1989 copies despite being heavily pirated. The recording of this album was the reason for the recording of this album. Gibraltar Drakus commissioned prolific producer Mystic Jim to record and mix it, Gibraltar Drakus' other band from this period was Les Martians, but did not appear on the album due to the leader's disagreement. At the advice and recommendation of Mystic Jim, he changed band members for the recording, adding Simba Daniel Ebusa on solo guitar, Piero Aheno on rhythm guitar and Jean-Paul Richet on bass. .

Musical innovation lies in the discipline of guitar interplay and orchestration, resulting in the mind-boggling clockwork of cross-rhythm harmonies.Sublime in some respects, the music is surprisingly relaxing in its gymnastic execution.He aimed for a sound halfway between the famous Les Veteran, Zanzibar and Messi Martin sensibilities.He has worked extensively with Zanzibar and Messi Martin, two of whom allowed him to immerse himself in the music of Victory and Betty. "It was Zanzibar who taught me how to compose and I learned a lot from Zanzibar musically. We spent many nights studying techniques and other approaches to compose beautiful songs. Now." I owe half of myself to Zanzibar!"

At the time of recording, he was very young, much younger than many Bicuzzi artists of the time.He said he was happy to show a different type of energy to his bandmates at Les Tête Brulees and Les Martiens.The former kept him away from his famous debut European tour (immortalized in Claire Denis' film Man No Run).His association with Inter-Diffusion Systems ended in disappointment, even though he was dissatisfied with his group activities and offered him a platform to gain recognition as a solo artist.The label never paid him royalties from Hommage A Zanzibar and the subsequent album Zobiakkk. "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Awesome Tapes From Africa releases available at Tobira.

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Available as 12" black vinyl or cassette.

Tracklist:

  1. N'nom Wom (Mon Époux)
  2. Exode Rural
  3. O Zanzibar
  4. Mekeya A Dzal (Retour Au Village)

Text excerpt from essay by Awesome Tapes From Africa:

"...Gibraltar Drakus literally exploded from his first album Hommage A Zanzibar (1989), which sold over 100,000 copies despite rampant piracy. For the recording, Drakus made sure he engaged prolific producer Mystic Jim to record and mix the album. Drakus' other band during that period was Les Martiens but due to leadership disagreements they didn't play on the album. He was advised and encouraged by Mystic Jim to change band personnel for the recording and work with Simba Daniel Evoussa on solo guitar, Pierrot Ahenot on rhythm guitar and Jean-Paul Litché on bass.

The innovation musically rests both within the guitar interplay and the discipline in the orchestration, which result in a mind-bending clockwork of cross-rhythmic harmony. Sublime on several levels the music is remarkably relaxed in its gymnastic execution. exist somewhere between the sensibilities of the famous Les Veterans, Zanzibar and Messi Martin. He had worked a lot of Zanzibar and Messi Martin, both of whom allowed him to fully immerse himself in bikutsi and Beti music. “Zanzibar is the one who taught me how to compose a song, and I learned a lot from Zanzibar musically. We spent whole nights working on methods and other approaches to compose beautiful songs. I owe half of everything I have today to Zanzibar!”

He was quite young at the time of the recording, much younger than most bikutsi artists of the era. He brought a different type of energy, he says, and that was something he relished showing his bandmates in Les Têtes Brûlées and Les Martiens. former sidelined him from their famous debut European tour (immortalized in the Claire Denis film Man No Run), as he was too young and should finish school, they told him. Despite providing him a place to increase his visibility as a solo artist while he was frustrated with his groups, his association with Inter Diffusion Systems ended in disappointment. The label never paid him royalties from Hommage A Zanzibar and a later album Zobiakkk..."

Artist : Gibraltar Drakus

Label: AWesome Tapes From Africa

Cameroon Yaounde's Bikzi writer Gibraltar Drakus is a reissue album released in August 2023. (originally released in 8)

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Gibraltar Drakus literally exploded in popularity with their first album, Hommage A Zanzibar (10), which sold over 1989 copies despite being heavily pirated. The recording of this album was the reason for the recording of this album. Gibraltar Drakus commissioned prolific producer Mystic Jim to record and mix it, Gibraltar Drakus' other band from this period was Les Martians, but did not appear on the album due to the leader's disagreement. At the advice and recommendation of Mystic Jim, he changed band members for the recording, adding Simba Daniel Ebusa on solo guitar, Piero Aheno on rhythm guitar and Jean-Paul Richet on bass. .

Musical innovation lies in the discipline of guitar interplay and orchestration, resulting in the mind-boggling clockwork of cross-rhythm harmonies.Sublime in some respects, the music is surprisingly relaxing in its gymnastic execution.He aimed for a sound halfway between the famous Les Veteran, Zanzibar and Messi Martin sensibilities.He has worked extensively with Zanzibar and Messi Martin, two of whom allowed him to immerse himself in the music of Victory and Betty. "It was Zanzibar who taught me how to compose and I learned a lot from Zanzibar musically. We spent many nights studying techniques and other approaches to compose beautiful songs. Now." I owe half of myself to Zanzibar!"

At the time of recording, he was very young, much younger than many Bicuzzi artists of the time.He said he was happy to show a different type of energy to his bandmates at Les Tête Brulees and Les Martiens.The former kept him away from his famous debut European tour (immortalized in Claire Denis' film Man No Run).His association with Inter-Diffusion Systems ended in disappointment, even though he was dissatisfied with his group activities and offered him a platform to gain recognition as a solo artist.The label never paid him royalties from Hommage A Zanzibar and the subsequent album Zobiakkk. "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Awesome Tapes From Africa releases available at Tobira.

----------------------

Available as 12" black vinyl or cassette.

Tracklist:

  1. N'nom Wom (Mon Époux)
  2. Exode Rural
  3. O Zanzibar
  4. Mekeya A Dzal (Retour Au Village)

Text excerpt from essay by Awesome Tapes From Africa:

"...Gibraltar Drakus literally exploded from his first album Hommage A Zanzibar (1989), which sold over 100,000 copies despite rampant piracy. For the recording, Drakus made sure he engaged prolific producer Mystic Jim to record and mix the album. Drakus' other band during that period was Les Martiens but due to leadership disagreements they didn't play on the album. He was advised and encouraged by Mystic Jim to change band personnel for the recording and work with Simba Daniel Evoussa on solo guitar, Pierrot Ahenot on rhythm guitar and Jean-Paul Litché on bass.

The innovation musically rests both within the guitar interplay and the discipline in the orchestration, which result in a mind-bending clockwork of cross-rhythmic harmony. Sublime on several levels the music is remarkably relaxed in its gymnastic execution. exist somewhere between the sensibilities of the famous Les Veterans, Zanzibar and Messi Martin. He had worked a lot of Zanzibar and Messi Martin, both of whom allowed him to fully immerse himself in bikutsi and Beti music. “Zanzibar is the one who taught me how to compose a song, and I learned a lot from Zanzibar musically. We spent whole nights working on methods and other approaches to compose beautiful songs. I owe half of everything I have today to Zanzibar!”

He was quite young at the time of the recording, much younger than most bikutsi artists of the era. He brought a different type of energy, he says, and that was something he relished showing his bandmates in Les Têtes Brûlées and Les Martiens. former sidelined him from their famous debut European tour (immortalized in the Claire Denis film Man No Run), as he was too young and should finish school, they told him. Despite providing him a place to increase his visibility as a solo artist while he was frustrated with his groups, his association with Inter Diffusion Systems ended in disappointment. The label never paid him royalties from Hommage A Zanzibar and a later album Zobiakkk..."

Artist : Gibraltar Drakus

Label: AWesome Tapes From Africa