Bibi Tanga


Bibi Tanga and the Selenites
ADDS 6/15/10

"Afrobeat, jazz, funk, rumba, soul, house, and even hip-hop conventions merge seamlessly in a perfect’s hard not to scour the tracks for more auditory gems each time the record is played." - Stereo Subversion 

"Dope flare ups of disco elements, this track is going to be a staple in my library in the days forthcoming" - Elephen Shoesss

The future of funk is being written right now by a pair of Parisian groove theorists named Bibi Tanga and Professeur Inlassable. Singer, bassist and bandleader Bibi Tanga bridges the divide between the arty South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs, where he grew up as an immigrant from the Central African Republic. Bibi’s music is marked by slinky, sinuous basslines and a wicked falsetto that conjures up Prince and Curtis Mayfield, while producer Professeur Inlassable (“The Tireless Professor”) digs deep beneath the cobblestones of Paris to unearth the sound and spirit of another era. Together with Bibi’s band The Selenites, the duo forges a stunningly original new sound, and creates a space where Afro-futurism meets steampunk, Fela Kuti jams with Sidney Bechet, and Marcel Duchamp gets down to Chic. Though they’ve already made a stir in France, the group now teams up with Nat Geo Music (after a fortuitous spin on the Nat Geo Music TV Channel alerted the label to their sublime talent) to bring their fashion-forward funk vision to audiences worldwide.

RIYL: Fela Kuti, Antibalas, Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio
Single: #8 - Also Try: #3, #4, #5, #12

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