GET TO KNOW FRANCK BIYONG: MUSICAL BACKGROUND & NEW RELEASES
Franck Biyong’s new single paves way for an Afrolectric invasion
Liyomba Church opens with high-energy screeches and thumps that won’t let you go. It is a fervent and unabashed call to dance. It is also the first single off Cameroonian creative Franck Biyong’s upcoming 11th album, “Moonwatching 2”.
Franck is a child of many worlds but is anchored to none. The 42-year-old instrumentalist, singer and composer grew up in Gabon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast before heading to the UK at age 14. Franck’s musical instincts were awoken in a Baptist household and sharpened by Rock n’ Roll.
The electric guitar would later become his tool of trade. “The ordinary ear does not perceive the vaster spiritual acoustic expression in the cosmic domain. The manifestation of sound to me is the subtlest, the most vital: even more so than light.” – Franck Biyong
An extensive and successful detour into AfroBeat and AfroJazz has seen Franck receive glowing praise for his soulful and dynamic performances. He’s got a trail of accolades spanning the globe. “Franck is now being billed as Paris’ No. 1 guitar player”- Mondomix (Paris, France)
“[He] kept all of us entertained with a very international yet familiar sound. A very smooth sound.” – Malik Armstead, The Five Spot (Brooklyn, New York) Now, Franck is nimbly reinventing himself one wild electric guitar riff at a time.
Liyomba Church’s fast-paced guitar and drum pairing reveal the Afrolectric ambitions he’s been developing for the past 10 years. It draws influences from rock, electro and experimental sounds. In the track, Franck’s deep voice melds with that of a female singer’s tenor and the singing takes on a chant-like quality. In staccato Swahili, the pair reveals that it is time to break into ululations and join in the celebration of life.
“I want to tear down the barrier that separates African music from the mainstream. I want to get inside that space and bring enough African Flavor and the Rock n’ Roll world to create a distinctive sound.” – Franck Biyong
On stage and in person, Franck’s persona draws from the deep well of Afro-Futurism. Floating in a haze of white smoke, Franck has ascended the throne. This is the new face of Black Rock and just might be the alternative that the world has waited for.