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A Tree with Deep African Roots....

COCOMBassi Coco Mbassi rightly describes her music as a « tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music.

Now, discover this acoustic blend in her soulful voice, her Cameroonian roots, her ecclectic musical upbringing (from Haendel to Cameroonian traditional music to the Jackson 5) , and her deep partnership with her classically-trained bassist husband Serge Ngando Mpondo.

Her prestigious awards and worldwide recognition sees her winning Radio France International Découvertes Contest in 1996, the German World Music CD Critics Award in 2001 and being nominated for the BBC World Music Awards 2002. Each album release demonstrate how much she deserves this atention,:the first one,

Sepia, reveals her to the acclaiming critics, the second one Sisea establishes her and with the third one, Joa, she goes straight to number 5 on the World Music charts.   She continues her solo career lifted by her band, incessantly touring the world and sharing her gift, building on the incredibly strong foundations of her chorist and backing vocalist days and the many singing contest she won as a child as well as a coveted main singing lead for Cirque du Soleil's show Totem.

 

 

 

Tagged under Coco Mbassi    Tiki Black    Cameroon    Sepia    Radio France    Ecclectic    World Music   
Tiki Black

Tiki Black is an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up in France and Cameroon and lives in the U.K.  My nomadic childhood has led me to embrace life in general and music in particular as a world beyond boundaries. 

I am fascinated by songs from all over the world and the songwriting process.  I believe that these creative expressions perfectly blend emotion, logic, and art to help better understand perspectives around the world.

VERTIKAL Magazine is a wonderfully open platform in which I can research and discover musical talents from around the word regardless of their genre, nationality or other traditional categorizations.  As Creative Director for VERTIKAL I hope to bring a fused and blended perspectives as I explore and reflect on the inspirational impact of music, arts, and creative innovators that I admire.

 

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