In 2005, Francis Essindi and Jimi Sofo met on the banks of a river in Basel, Switzerland and decided to travel together in Cameroon. Upon their return, they decided to launch their musical project Abakuya, named for the mascot of Ozila, a near-obsolete south Cameroonian traditional dance.
With an amalgamation of traditional and modern instruments, both electric and acoustic, Abakuya’s music carries the listener on a powerful and enchanting rhythmic journey: a real call to dance and meditation.
This journey produced a musical album "Primitive Love" in 2008, marking the return of the polyrhythmic traditions of central Africa. Since then, Abakuya’s sound has evolved and been enriched with new textures, weaving fine electro- acoustic compositions that are sometimes gentle, sometimes wild.
Featuring amplified tribal instruments which are as intriguing to the eye as they are enchanting to the ear, this mixed duet opens us to a new music, a true urban tribal trance.
The output of a second album is scheduled for June 2011 with a few titles already available on EP.
www.myspace.com / Abakuya
Clip "Modern Slavery" from an EP Abakuya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v = Sx6knpRJodw & feature = AutoShare Main concerts 2010
September 11, 2010 - FRANCE - Cie Amiens unnecessary drama https: / / www.sellaband.com/en/projects/abakuya/blogs/6030abakuyaenconcert amiens-the-11-and-12-September-2010
July 24, 2010 - FRANCE - Festival Africajarc http://www.africajarc.com
June 13, 2010 - GERMANY - Die Glockenbachwerkstatt http://www.glockenbachwerkstatt.de/
June 11, 2010 - GERMANY - Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München http://www.voelkerkundemuseum-muenchen.de
May 20, 2010 SWITZERLAND - Bern - Embassy of Cameroon Cinquantenaire independence of Africa 2009
July 30, 2009 GERMANY Die Glockenbachwerkstatt July 17, 2009 - GERMANY Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München
July 12, 2009 - GERMANY - Munich festival Tollwood http://www.tollwood.de/
July 4, 2009 - PARIS - Block Party
May 31, 2009 - Beauvais - African Village in the festival "Eyes Opened Immigration »
May 16, 2009 - PARIS - New Morning - Part 1 Brice Wassy 2008
April 23, 2008 - PARIS - Festival La Belle Hearing http://jazzaparis2.overblog.com/article17984455.html