The new master of the african scene
Black Bazar is a musical concept introduced and produced by the writer Alain Mabanckou in 2012 with the support of the label Lusafrica, and managed by Caroline Blache. The first album featured a return to the musical roots of Congolese Rumba. Audiences were enthusiastic and the numerous artists involved in the project hailed as “the new masters of the African scene in Paris”. This “first round” introduced the musical combo BLACK BAZAR, and new audiences are continuing to discover them at some of the world’s best music festivals.
The album Black Bazar – Round 2 – is based on compositions by the legendary guitarist Popolipo Beniko and the talented bass-player Michel Lumana. Each track is full of atmosphere and deeply rooted in musical tradition, while also opening onto new avenues described by the German press as “dancehall Rumba”, orchestrated by the producer Francky Moulet. The sounds of Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Praia and Lagos come together alongside the traditional rhythms and beats that have set on fire the nightclubs of the African diaspora. Several well-known musicians have joined forces and decided to participate in the initiative: Ferré Gola, Soleil Wanga, Flamme Kapaya, Olivier Tshimanga, Roi David from the Congo-DRC; Karachika from Congo-Brazzaville; Wole Sentimenta from Nigeria; Izé Teixeira from Cape Verde or even the Haitian Fanfan from the famous Caribbean group Tabou Combo, who claims to be a “Congolese born in Haiti”.
As soon as the bell announces the opening of the first round of Black Bazar – Round 2, you will find yourself transported into this exciting universe, carried along by such great musicians as Caien Madoka, Jimmy Kusekimina, Do Akongo Dikoel, Ballou Canta, Pims Lomena… This stellar line-up has managed to bring together diverse styles and show the world once again that music knows no borders.