France-based, Cameroonian artist , singer-songwriter, musician and performer (in the Cameroonian language of Bassa) BLICK BASSY, has announced an upcoming album “1958” set for release 8th March 2019
Signed to No Format (Oumou Sangaré, Chilly Gonzales, ALANI), Blick’s bold new release “1958” (co-produced by Renauld Letang, who’s also behind Feist & Lianne La Havas ) is inspired by the death of “the forgotten father of Cameroon” Ruben Um Nyobé during the country’s fight for independence from French colonial rule. Founder of the Union Of Cameroonian Peoples (UPC), Um Nyobé was shot dead by the French army on 13th September, 1958.
Blick says: “Ngwa, my friend, you who fought for our freedom, our sovereignty, you who gave your life so that we have equal reports, you are my hero…”
“Ngwa” taken from the forthcoming album [and shared below] is inspirational, with spasms of rhythm and heady vocals that flow like a confluence of tears. The song has beautiful, spiritual wistfulness — as heady as palm wine and soothing as foofoo. The video, shot in South Africa’s Lesotho, with Tebogo Malope captures the tale of political movement in Cameroon — told through sweeping sounds and dramatic visuals.