FRANCK BIYONG

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : CAMEROON
GENRE : ROCK, JAZZ, ELECTRO

 

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Born of Cameroonian Parents in 1973, Franck Biyong was attracted to music at a very early age. He spent most of his childhood in West Africa (Gabon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast) where he learned music. He initially attended piano lessons but liked better drums, percussion and rhythms that he heard everywhere while he was a youngster. The roots of his sound can be traced back then.

He left Africa at the age of 14, discovering new musical landscapes as he settled in Europe with his family. He switched to bass, then finally guitar and joined his first bands. In the meantime, he started recording and submitting his first demo tapes to various French and European labels. His works obtained better reception in England where he then settled for a couple of years and found inspiration in the newly born electro scene.

After Fela's death in 1997, Franck decided to return to France and pursue the musical struggle of the Black President in his own way. He formed his first band, launched the Afrolectric Music label and released his first records. As his reputation kept growing, he released crossover Afrobeat songs as singles. Distributed by some of the most influential independent labels these recordings helped him to gain more and more attention.

Franck released 9 albums comprising Afrobeat, Rock influences, ambitious African jazz suites beyond the boundaries of world music, and wrote an Afro-opera based on the history of African Diasporas living on the French soil. The Paris' premiere of 'Knowledge Identity Reconstruction' created a great deal of controversy, while addressing the issues of French colonial history and the shapes of African Art forms to come.

Biyong operates outside the lines which map the trajectories of African musicians in and out of the continent. Fueled by the sound of African rhythm and the energy of the West London broken beat, he brought his musical roots into new directions

Doing so, he laid down the fundamentals of the Afrolectric sound of his various bands and gained a reputation over the last ten years as one of the very few authentic innovators of modern African Music leaning towards rock, jazz and electro sounds.