Thursday, July 27
This concert presents Cameroonian artist Blick Bassy as he tours with his latest album, Mádibá. In it, Blick has chosen to address the environment, with particular focus on the theme of water. The album brings together twelve songs in the form of fables, in which his high and angelic voice dominates, carried by delicate guitar, synthesizer melodies, and sober brass arrangements. At the confluence of several living sources, navigating between Africa and the West, Blick Bassy’s music – for which he mainly uses Bassa, its mother tongue – is distinguished by its mix as much as by its density. The tracks on Mádibá testify to a contemporary and poetic Africanity at the crossroads of soul, folk, and electro. As a whole, the album radiates with intense emotion, which pairs beautifully in this program with Blick’s vibrant performance style.