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Franck Biyong - Liyomba (Digital Single, Afrolectric Music/Paris DJs, 2014)



Franck Biyong Liyomba

LIYOMBA: TIME TO DANCE. The late Jean-François Bizot (Actuel/Radio Nova…) used to say: "Expect the unexpected". Well that's exactly what what you can expect from this brand new single from Cameroonian instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer Franck Biyong, paving the way for an Afrolectric invasion... 'Liyomba' opens with high-energy screeches and thumps that won't let you go. It's a fervent and unabashed call to dance, an astonishing afro/pop crossover aiming for the clubs and also the first single extracted from Franck Biyong's upcoming 10th album, 'Moonwatching'.

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Franck Biyong Liyomba
Franck Biyong - Liyomba
(Digital Single) Afrolectric Music/Paris DJs AFROLECTRICPARISDJS001-D, 2014-10-31



Tracklisting :
01. Liyomba

Credits :
Backing Vocals : Millie Assagi
Keyboards, Drum Programming : Wanyoike Kimani
Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Lead & Backing Vocals : Franck Biyong
Recorded @ Square Down Studios
Mixed by Wanyoike Kimani & Franck Biyong
Produced by Franck Biyong
Lyrics: Millie Assagi / Franck Biyong
Music: Franck Biyong
© 2014 Afrolectric Music/Paris DJs



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Press Release :
LIYOMBA: TIME TO DANCE
The late Jean-François Bizot (Actuel/Radio Nova…) used to say: "Expect the unexpected". Well that's exactly what what you can expect from this brand new single from Cameroonian instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer Franck Biyong, paving the way for an Afrolectric invasion...

'Liyomba' opens with high-energy screeches and thumps that won't let you go. It's a fervent and unabashed call to dance, an astonishing afro/pop crossover aiming for the clubs and also the first single extracted from Franck Biyong's upcoming 10th album, 'Moonwatching'.

Franck is a child of many worlds but is anchored to none. The 40-year-old Cameroonian instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer grew up in Gabon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast before heading to the UK at age 14. His musical instincts were awoken in a Baptist household and sharpened by Rock'n'Roll.

The electric guitar would later become his tool of trade.

"The ordinary ear does not perceive the vaster spiritual acoustic expression in the cosmic domain. The manifestation of sound to me is the subtlest, the most vital: even more so than light." - Franck Biyong

An extensive and successful detour into Afrobeat and Afrojazz has seen Franck receive glowing praise for his soulful and dynamic performances. The man's got a trail of accolades spanning the globe.

"[He] kept all of us entertained with a very international yet familiar sound.  A very smooth sound." - Malik Armstead, The Five Spot (Brooklyn, New York)

Now, Franck is nimbly reinventing himself one wild electric guitar riff at a time.

'Liyomba''s fast-paced guitar and drum pairing reveal the Afrolectric ambitions he's been developing for the past 10 years, drawing influences from rock, electro and experimental sounds.

Franck's deep voice melds with that of a female singer's tenor and the singing takes on a chant-like quality. In staccato Swahili, the pair reveals that it is time to break into ululations and join in the celebration of life.

"I want to tear down the barrier that separates African music from the mainstream. I want to get inside that space and bring enough African Flavor in the Rock n' Roll world to create a distinctive sound. 'I like having a large palette of sounds, instruments and textures at my disposal to create arrangements that will be reflective of the moods, atmospheres implied by the melodies and songs." - Franck Biyong.
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