Gbáyá – Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser
Label: Ocora – 558 524
Series: Musiques traditionnelles vivantes – , I. Musiques De Tradition Orale –
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
One of the more sought-after collections from the immense Ocora back catalogue here providing an ethnographic account of the Gbaya people of the Central African Republic. Dedicating one side to soloist pieces and the other to ensembles, it's striking just how fresh, light, rhythmic and dare I say approachable this one is, always focusing on the melodic interplay and interlocking of the Mbira (thumb piano), with soft, repetitious chants which lend themselves to this galvanising, dream-like state. Anyone who with an interest in Francis Bebey's less cosmic and more traditional offerings will get A LOT of fun out of this one. An ageless beauty with all the typical Ocora field-notes, pictures and general trimmings. (Vinyl NM, Sleeve VG+)..