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Blick Bassy

Cameroonian Singer Honours his Homeland’s Forgotten Independence Leader

Songlines Encounters Festival

Sun 31 May
Contemporary

Blick Bassy

Cameroonian Singer Honours his Homeland’s Forgotten Independence Leader

Songlines Encounters Festival

‘With his haunting, soulful voice, Blick Bassy has become one of Africa’s most inventive and distinctive singer-songwriters.’ The Guardian


Imagine a West African artist with the tenderly subversive touch of Bon Iver, the haunting falsetto of Skip James, the razor-like mind of Akala, and the inventiveness of Moses Sumney: you’ve just imagined Blick Bassy.

In the slipstream of his acclaimed album Akö (2015), the Cameroonian singer has followed up with 1958 – a homage to one of his country’s resistance fighters, Ruben Um Nyobé, who was killed by the French in that year. It’s a powerful statement that sheds light on a little-known period of French colonial history.

Its focus is specific, but its themes – the bondage of neocolonialism, the need for heroes, the relevance of history and the search for true identity – are universal.

For Songlines Encounters 2020, Blick will perform an intimate duo set in Hall One with Arno de Casenave on keyboards/trumpet.

1958 was one of Songlines’ album picks of 2019. Find out more about the inspiration behind the music in this interview.

Date & start time:Sun 31 May – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One
Price:£22.50
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