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 Billy (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, ethnomusi- cologist, and musician, Marius has dedicat- ed his life and his
music to bridging commu- nities. 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 comprehen- sive archival research
as well as programs in eco-tourism, artist residency, and advocacy, also establishing successful
between governments, NGOs, and interna- tional 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 con- trast, 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 so- cial 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
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.