Marius Billgobenson creates world music in the truest sense of the phrase. The sounds of Africa are fused with jazz instrumentation and other world influences, giving voice to many disenfranchised peoples.
Marius Billgobenson creates world music in the truest sense of the phrase.
The sounds of Africa are fused with jazz instrumentation and other world
influences, and expressed in music from the heart. Native beliefs and customs are
intertwined with memories and life experience and the result is a groovy musical
tapestry, giving voice to many indigenous peoples.
Growing up amongst the sounds of the Congo River Basin, Marius’ own musicianship was fostered in guitar
lessons from the missionaries of the former Swedish
mission station in Ingoumina (Zanaga) where he was raised, and soon developed
into creating music of his own.
Working as an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and musician, Marius has
dedicated his life and his music to bridging communities. Through his work as
the director of Afrique Profonde, a non-profit organization striving to preserve the
traditional culture and human rights of Pygmies in the Republic of Congo and the
Congo Basin Rainforest, he has been able to achieve comprehensive archival
research as well as programs in eco-tourism, artist residency, and advocacy, also
establishing successful communications
between governments, NGOs, and international communities.
Marius’ eagerly awaited debut album, The Sum of My Pardon, is set for release later
this year under the moniker Billgobenson, and he intends to promote both the
music and awareness of indigenous rights as he tours it through Europe and the US.
The album fosters connections between communities across social and cultural
barriers by creating musical tours to Congo Brazzaville, facilitating exchanges
between musicians based in the west and people of the Pygmy tribe.
From folk country blues through afro-beat, this album will tell a powerful story of
contrast, purity, and harmony. The Sum of My Pardon exists as an expression of
passion for indigenous culture, and draws inspiration and a beautiful metaphor
from the social and musical harmony of the polyphonic singing of the Pygmies.
The music of Billgobenson makes us face what we stand to lose in the silence of
indigenous peoples, the custodians of significant alternative knowledge about both
music and life.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-02-13
I love jazz because it allows
me to embody forms,
structures and the spirit of the
polyphonic singing from my
and its surrounding
environment, down to the
Congo River Basin...
I was first exposed to jazz
when I listened to Head
Hunters by Herbie Hancock,
I met and performed with
eminent Saxophonist Pharaoh
His best show I ever attended
was in 1994 from Brazzaville,
the Republic of Congo.