Ray Lema and Were Were Liking, founder of the group Ki-Yi M’Bock, Cameroonian musician installed in Ivory Coast, wrote the opera “A Tuareg married a pygmy”
With nearly seventy members of various nationalities and ethnicities, the group Ki-Yi M’Bock is the crucible of a cultural symbiosis to the size of the black continent, which has helped to achieve, through this show, the pan-African dream of Nkrumah, the Sahara KaIahari, saw only one country (Osageyfo).
“A Tuareg married to a Pygmy” is presented as “a musical journey or epic m’vet, thereby emphasizing the importance of music in the show. The hero is a Touareg, who claims himself as the symbol of the rebellion, the refusal of the borders and, in this specific case, reflects the desire of the author to lend his voice to the great ambition of the Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah. Forced to leave his desert to accomplish a journey across the continent, he travels in search of water, the last symbol of life. His adventure is represented as a musical journey through the spaces of modern Africa: from desert to forest, to the blending of tradition. Each new step is placed in a new ethno-cultural context. At the end of his wanderings, the Touareg marries a Pygmy and symbolically brings the water to the desert.
CD Track List :
- SHAKA ZULU
- EVOLUTION SPECTACULAIRE
- ASSEMBLÉE MYSTIQUE
Ray LEMA and the KI YI M’BOCK from Abidjan :
Musicians : Bomou Mamadou, N’Serel N’Jock, Boni Gnaore, Werewere Liking, Gode Tabo, Gnara Lohoure, Honakami Tape Blébo Kouagni, Zadi Toh, Lobognon Gode, Lago Ore, Zaoli Mabc, Abou Bassa, Eugene Makoubi, Gohourou Gnepo, Pape Dieye, Jean-Philippe Claverie, Toroma Siba, Marcelin Yace.
Artistic Production : Ray Lema
Text and Musics: Ray Lema ,Were Were Liking, Bomou Mamadou, Bony Gnaore.
Recording : Studio Sequence – Abidjan ; Sound ingeneer : Laurent Patte – Ernest Dompreh; Mix : Studio Bastille (Paris) – 1993
Label Bleu / Indigo