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Gino Sitson: Bamisphere

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For his third solo album, Cameroonian vocalist Gino Sitson is joined by bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jeff “Tain Watts, bassist Essiet Essiet and pianist Helio Alves for twelve originals all sung in Medumba, a dialect of his native Bamileke language. Because of this, it is difficult to discern the meaning of each song but, according to the notes, the lyrics deal with subjects such as “discrimination, tolerance, friendship, freedom, simplicity.......and prayers for guidance. There are also lyrics that tell of more personal changes in Sitson's life such as the birth of his daughter and the death of his brother.

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Gino Sitson: Song Zin

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Quick and to the Point: African jazzistic vocal lusciousness.

Although seldom fully appreciated, musical expressions often evidence a remarkable bond with the cadences, inflections, harmonic and melodic character of the languages spoken by their producers and interpreters. Africa’s premiere position amid the world’s rhythmic bequest, for example, is not merely coincidental. Many African languages are percussive in nature, like the West Cameroonian Bamileke languages, of which Medumba is best represented in this recording. When such percussiveness is engaged so blatantly with sublime melodic resources from various sources such as Western classical music, jazz and highlife, the results ...



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