Francis Bebey (15 July 1929 in Douala, Cameroon – 28 May 2001 in Paris, France ) was a [1 ] Cameroonian artist, musician, and writer.
Bebey attended the
Sorbonne, and was further educated in the United States. In 1957, Bebey moved to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, and took a job as a broadcaster. [2 ]
In the early 1960s, Bebey moved to
France and started work in the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. His most popular novel was Agatha Moudio's Son. He also worked as a consultant for UNESCO. [2 ]
Bebey released his first album in 1969.
His music was primarily [3 ] guitar-based, but he integrated traditional African instruments and synthesizers as well. His style was groundbreaking, merging Cameroonian [2 ] makossa with classical guitar, jazz, and pop in a mix that is intellectual, humorous, and profoundly sensual. [3 ] He sang in [2 ] Duala, English, and French. Bebey helped launch the career of [3 ] Manu Dibango. Bebey released more than 20 albums over his career. [4 ] [5 ]
John Williams' piece 'Hello Francis' is written as a tribute to Bebey. [6 ]
Discography [ edit ]
Concert Pour Un Vieux Masque, LP, Philips, 1968
Savannah Georgia, LP, Fiesta Records, 1975
Guitare D'Une Autre Rime, LP, Ozileka, 1975
La Condition Masculine, LP, Ozileka, 1976
Fleur Tropicale, LP, Ozileka, 1976
Je Vous Aime Zaime Zaime, LP, Ozileka, 1977
Ballades Africaines, LP, Ozileka, 1978
Priere Aux Masques. LP, Ozileka, 1979
Un Petit Ivoirien, LP, Ozileka, 1979
Afrikanischer Frühling, LP, Marifon, 1980
Haïti - Guitar Music Trio, LP, Ozileka, 1981
Bia So Nika, LP, Ozileka, 1981
Africa Sanza, Ozileka, 1982
New Track, Ozileka, 1982
Pygmy Love Song, LP, Editions Makossa, 1982
Super Bebey - Vingt Plages Ensoleillées, 2xLP, Ozileka, 1983
Sanza Nocturne, Ozileka, 1984
Akwaaba: Music For Sanza, Original Music, 1984
Le Solo De Bruxelles, LP, Ozileka, 1985
Heavy Ghetto, Anti Apartheid Makossa, LP, Ozileka, 1985
Si Les Gaulois Avaient Su!, LP, Blue Silver, 1986
Baobab, LP, Volume, 1988
African Woman, LP, Volume, 1988
World Music Guitar, CD, Ozileka, 1992
Sourire De Lune, CD, Ozileka, 1996
Rire Africain, Ozileka, 1981
Nadolo / With Love - Francis Bebey Works: 1963-1994, CD, Original Music, 1995
African Electronic Music 1975-1982, LP/CD, Born Bad Records, 2011
Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984, LP/CD, Born Bad Records, 2014
La Condition Masculine, CD, Sonodisc
References [ edit ]
DeLancey, Mark W., and Mark Dike DeLancey (2000):
Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon (3rd ed.). Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press. Hudgens, Jim, and Richard Trillo (1999).
West Africa: The Rough Guide. 3rd ed. London: Rough Guides Ltd. Mbaku, John Mukum (2005).
Culture and Customs of Cameroon. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. West, Ben (2004).
Cameroon: The Bradt Travel Guide. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press Inc.