Afro-groove pulsates joyfully between brassy jazz and carefree funk
It only takes a few notes to understand that nothing has been left behind at random in the development of this long-awaited album, from the Afrofuturist aesthetic of the visuals to the percussive orchestration:
This singer-songwriter, producer and director has also been able to immerse himself in the reggae of Marley, but also the afro-jive of Fela, our “Black President”, the deep soul of Curtis Mayfield, the funk of Stevie Wonder, create his own version of an unstoppable afro-groove.
Now based between Paris, Kinshasa and Casablanca, he offers us the twelve tracks of his pu issant “Cosmogony”, just to add so many good vibes to our summer. From the first title, the danceable, “Next Generation” its afro-groove pulsates joyfully while “Conscience” between brassy jazz and carefree funk reminds me of the fiery township jive of South Africa. How not to think of Fela while letting yourself be carried away by the furious rhythm of “Tango Lady”?
A little throwback to the future of nostalgia with the aptly named “Pigalle Swing” and its sample of Fréhel from “Where are all my lovers”, then here comes THE undeniable hit of the CD with “Somebody”, carried by its speech extract from the Reverend Jesse Jackson for a title that will make you dance until the end of the night.
With “Francofolie” the friend Bantunani proves that he knows how to be as comfortable in the language of Molière as in that of Shakespeare to shake our little balls. Resolutely funky afro reggae “The Reality” reminds me of Johnny Clegg and his powerful Zulu sources. Finally, it is with the sensual and nevertheless agitated “Under My Skin”, with hip-hop influences that this beautiful collection of world music is so eclectic and has cool ends. “Cosmogony” is indeed admirably aptly titled… cosmic!”