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CAMEROON So' Forest: Bikutsi Pop

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Lary and Henry Georges

vocals

Producer:

Isidore Modjo



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 69:01
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SO' FOREST

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1 

Shambada

3:53
     
2 

Amazone

5:24
     
3 

Zulu

3:44
     
4 

Meding Ya

4:00
     
5 

Wa Wa

4:57
     
6 

Tenter

4:31
     
7 

Hakuna Matata

3:52
     
8 

Wake Ya

4:27
     
9 

Esta

5:25
     
10 

Believing

4:03
     
11 

Rave

4:17
     
12 

Pole Pole

4:15
     
13 

Girl

4:54
     
14 

Route

5:24
     
15 

Judgement

5:55
     
  Lary and Henry Georges vocals


I signed a recording contract with Naxos World records based in Tennessee. At the time, I had already programmed and recorded and mixed 10 songs as a demo. These songs were the reason Naxos World decided to give me a record deal. Then I sent them five other songs, and we decided that we would release an album of 15 titles.
 
I found the best singers and instrumentalists in Bikutsi Pop (my genre) in Yaounde, the town where I live in Cameroon, and started working with them on the songs, then I booked a professional studio, one of the best in the town, Studio Karel DC, for 12 days. We started the recording, using the programmed sounds with the background vocals and after three days we continued with the guitars and bass. We then took two days to edit those recordings before I recorded the lead vocals. I took three days for my leads, then a day for a break, which allowed us to listen to all this. Two days for the addition of my leads, then we prepared the mix.
 
The vocalists I used in this album were Lary and Henry-Georges, the bass guitarist was Gordon, and I did the guitars and the leads. The songs had been arranged by Mr. Isidore Modjo, Gordon and myself. I also helped Mr. Isidore Modjo in the production, as I myself am a sound technician.
 
About the music
The genre I perform is Bikutsi Pop music. Bikutsi is a genre coming from the south province of Cameroon, and means "the hit of the floor," the dance of Bantu fighters. I add sounds to my music from South Africa and from some other African countries I visited while touring with another band I was in before starting to work on my solo album. These sounds, like flutes, xylophone, kora, etc., allow that new style to be appreciated by a larger number of people out of Cameroon and even Africa.
 

"He brings a fresh perspective to the genre...Most of all, So’ Forest’s songs and performance style bring Bikutsi into a new era by including a Western feel of R&B and hip hop, as well as a smooth pop sound. The lyrics...carry a lot of depth. These are short stories of life, love and survival."

 
Paula E Kirman - CDNow - August 2002

"Bikutsi Pop is sure to make an impact when it reaches Western shores...a fascinating melange of Afropop flavors that veer between American R&B, hip-hop, and Cameroonian traditional dance...[So’ Forest’s] album is a refreshing take on the Afropop vibe, and the traditional roots of Bikutsi shine through the hipper commercial sheen, which should endear him to a multitude of African music aficionados the world over."
 
Phil Meadley - Global Rhythm Magazine - September 2002



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