Plus d'options Langue disponible : anglais Pierre Akendengue is one of the most outstanding African artists -- a musician, poet, philosopher, and visionary. In his native Gabon, he is considered to be a musical genius, in the francophone world, he is at least reasonably well-known, but outside this diaspora his work has remained almost unnoticed and many of his recordings are not easily available -- most of them one has to hunt down. This is a shame, as -- like Bebey and N'Dour -- he was already active when the term "world music" was not even coined yet, and the work of this innovator belongs on the shelves of the timeless and great music of our era and should therefore be widely known.

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Since then, he has released a steady stream of excellent recordings: His third album, Eseringuila, released in , won him the Maraccas d'Or award as Best African Record in His release Piroguier is considered to be a classic of African music.

In the '90s, Akendengue embarked on much more adventurous shores; together with French composer and producer Hughes de Courson he released Lambarena, an experiment in merging the music of German baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach with African traditional music.

With his releases Maladalité and Carrefour Rio , Akendengue returned to more conventional terrain and proved once again his reputation as a master of sophisticated, multilayered theatrical songwriting.

By the late '70s, Akendengué was frustrated with being pigeonholed as merely a protest singer and begin to focus more on composing and instrumental arrangements.

In he also founded his own label, Ntche Homeland , and began to focus on behind-the-scenes aspects of the business and developing young new artists. But the label went under in after releasing only three albums.

Released in , the album was produced by French visionary Hugues de Courson and featured over thirty session musicians and some of Akendengué's most incendiary lyrics to date sung entirely in the Myéné language of Gabon. He toured extensively following this record before returning to Gabon in There, despite increasingly serious health and vision problems, Akendengué continued to record sporadically, compiling a greatest hits album Passé Composé and an anti-apartheid album Espoir à Soweto as the '80s waned.

In the early '90s, Akendengué once again teamed up with Hugues de Courson to record his masterpiece, Lambarena, an ambitious, groundbreaking musical tribute to Dr. Albert Schweitzer that set J.

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