The congolese pianist released “Paradox” . A spontaneous flow of 11 pieces, warm-hearted as the image of this 60 years young man.
In “Paradox”, a very refined work in a trio with Mbappe Etienne on bass and Francis Lassus on drums, Ray Lema authorizes himself to the eclecticism of languages and genres. This diversity is not surprising with a musician that simplistic definitions have always exasperated.
He pays tribute to two of his friends who have just passed away : the french friend Claude Nougaro, who has “revealed to him the beauty of the french language”, and the Malian Ali Farka Touré, who has “taught a lot about african cultures,” to him who’s a “bit uprooted”. And he continues on his way, with humility, a child’s gaze focused on this world full of “people and wonderful things.” which, he believes, gives him its energy.
Tshitenge LUBABU M.K. – Jeune Afrique 2007
CD Track List
- Joy of Love
- Ali Farka Touré
- Set Him Free
- L’Amour est un Art
- São Tomé
- C’est Une Garonne
Total timing : 50’20 All compositions by Ray Lema, except (*) Francis Lassus ; The Cultural Center of La Borie in Limousin is supported by the State (Minister of Culture and Communication) of the Regional Cultural Affairs of Limousin, Limousin Regional Council, the Urban Community of Limoges Métropole, the General Council of Haute-Vienne and Entrepreneurs Club La Borie in Limousin. Produced by LABORIE Records
Production coordinator : Jean-Michel Leygonie ; Recorded by Philippe Abadie At Studio de Meudon ; Mixed and mastered by Philippe Abadie at Studio Bolo and Dyam Studio; Photos by Jean-Michel Sabatier