Blick Bassy announces new album with first single ‘Hola Mè’ on World Water Day
Following the successes of Akö (2015) and 1958 (2019), singer and composer Blick Bassy is back with a fourth album, again sung in the Baasa language of Cameroon. Madíbá brings together ten songs in the form of fables, dedicated to the theme of water, in which his high and angelic voice dominates, carried by delicate guitar, synthesizer melodies, and sober brass arrangements. The cuts are diaphanous and nevertheless modernist songs, which testify to a contemporary and poetic Africanity at the crossroads of soul, folk, and electro.
‘Hola Mè’, the first single from Blick Bassy’s forthcoming album and InFiné debut Madiba, bears witness to the balance between Blick’s aerial voice, sober melodic lines on the guitar, brass arrangements, and deep, sustained synth notes. The contrast between Blick’s evaporating vocal arrangements and deep, classically synced vintage synth baseline makes for a listening experience that is a massively panoramic, heavenly, and longing call for the preservation of the earth’s water sources.
Blick Bassy supports the NGO Water.org to help raise awareness of the global water crisis and encourage donations for it. This announcement coincides with World Water Day, established by the United Nations, and emphasizing the importance of fresh water.
22.03 – GENEVE – Voix de Fête (CH)
20.04 – PARIS – Release Party – Centquatre
19-21.05 – SAO PAULO – C6 Festival (BRA)
03.06 – ANGOULEME – Festival Musiques Métisse
09.06 – VILLENEUVE-LA-GARENNE – Virtuoz Club
©Photo: Gabriel Dia
Album cover: Barthelemy Toguo (The generous Man on his Farm II, 2017) – Courtesy Bandjoun Station © Galerie Lelong & Co