Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
In stark contrast to his epic Lambarena, Maladalite offers a set of smaller songs, each with a strong acoustic instrumentation, each a separate entity of musical strength. Akendengue works again with French production expe... more »
In stark contrast to his epic Lambarena, Maladalite offers a set of smaller songs, each with a strong acoustic instrumentation, each a separate entity of musical strength. Akendengue works again with French production expert Pierre de Courson, and his high but gritty voice dominates the show, backed by spare arrangements of acoustic guitar (when not played by Akendengue himself we are treated to soukous guitarist Maika Munan), flute or balafon, a string quartet or a bevy of voices. Akendengue's genius is in how he can skirt the borders of classical, folk, and pop music without ever actually mimicking any one of them. He is an extraordinary composer, whether it is on the grand canvas of an orchestra or the small ensemble work that is the core of Maladalite. --Louis Gibson
Extraordinary Artist - Akendengwe
Y.T. | Seattle | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Akendengwe creates his own afro-pop that is very different from popular soukous, mbalax. His music is a pure listening pleasure and this album may be the perfect introduction to it. The recording is fantastic. I like to sit and enjoy this album just like I do with some nice classical music. Akendengwe's work is a wonderful mix of modern and traditional instruments, beautiful female choir and good warm voice of his own. This album was an ear-opener for me to a different dimension of afro-pop. Akendengwe's music is different but is as good as Youssou N'Dour's. The album contains 12 songs and is 60 minutes long."