Known as the “King of 6/8 Rhythm,” Brice Wassy has had a profound effect on the music of West Africa. The former bandleader for Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. Brice Wassy has been the most in-demand drummer on the African and World This is classical jazz material adapted to traditional Cameroonian rhythms. Take a look at the complex rhythmic heritage that Cameroon offers. Brice Wasssy is a versitle and musical force who shares his methods and insight in this great.
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They also asked questions, which he readily answered. At the close of the two-hour exchange, the artist with dreadlocks chatted with The Post, Excerpts: I’ve been in France. That has been my base. But I come to Cameroon regularly. May be not to Buea. I go to the village to draw inspiration and commune with my ancestors.
Lots of things; doing master classes, managing my band, travelling to England and South Africa frequently and playing anywhere, when the opportunity comes. When you travel around the world, what kind of music do you play?
I play my kind of music called Kuh-Jazz. My style is Kuh-Kazz, authentic jazz, not African jazz. But I’ll wish that Cameroonians show more interest. Are camerpon convinced you can create a niche for Kuh-Jazz out here?
Kuh-Jazz has its roots from Magambeu. The difference comes with some instruments I have introduced wasy the Kuh-Jazz, which you will not find in Magambeu. I was born cameroon Yaounde in I’m a drummer, a percussionist, composer and an arranger. I have worked closely with Anne-Marie Nzie and other people out of Cameroon.
I still want to play my kind of music and I hope more doors will be opened for us. How were the contacts made? They like the way I play my music. That is why they called me. Do you intend to interact only with the old generation artists?
I will like to work with them. But I don’t have any opportunity yet.
Cameroon: Sharing a Moment With Brice Wassy
I also expect that the artists of the younger generation should come up to me and tell me what they have been doing so far as well as find out what I have been doing. Some few who have met me say, I do complicated music.
You have been in music for 30 years. Has that been your only occupation? I live on my music.
I eat when I can, thanks to my music. Will you advise young people to follow your footsteps in the world of music? If they feel that they want to do music, they have to begin dreaming about it. If not, they should stop and look for something else.
They are pulling on great. I’m working hard to make them satisfied. Are you pulling any of them to join you in the world of music?
My daughter, 21, plays the piano and sings. I’m not forcing her into music. What is your opinion of contemporary Cameroonian music? In Cameroon, we have some of the best musicians. Those in the music business across the world know that.
We have some of the best base drummers. So, we need some pianists, percussionist and more. What do we do to get those you are looking for? I don’t know yet. May be we need to set up a music institute. I’m thinking about it. We should all think about it. After 30 years in Europe, you don’t have the necessary contacts, the sponsorship to do concerts in Cameroon? Most of them say my music is too complicated.
They hold that Cameroonians love hot music. That’s what I feel. I want to play the music that I feel. Even if I die, that genre will stay on. I just follow what is good for me. But the name Wassy comes from Bafang. To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here. AllAfrica publishes around reports a day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of positions on every topic.
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