So' Forest - Bikutsi Pop (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. International
    3. Cameroonian
    Number of Items
    Bikutsi Pop
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Mono / Stereo
    NAPRA Review (11-12/02, p.58) - "...Easily accessible for listeners new to world music..."
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Shambada
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Shambada
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Amazone
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Zulu
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Meding Ya
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Wa Wa
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Tenter
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Hakuna Matata
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Wake Ya
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Esta
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Believing
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Rave
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Pole Pole
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Girl
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Routes
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Judgement
    Release Date
    14 July 2008
    South Africa

    Personnel: So'Forest (vocals, guitar, programming); Deroux (rap vocals); Henry Georges (background vocals).
    Personnel: So' Forest (vocals, guitar, programming).
    Liner Note Author: So' Forest.
    Arranger: So' Forest.
    Bikutsi is the native music of Cameroon, and So' Forest has borrowed it -- at least to an extent -- as the muscle behind his pop music. And make no mistake, he is a pop musician. There's a strong flavor of both R&B and boy bands in the melodies and vocal arrangements of his work, and he does them well indeed, a writer with a lovely touch, one that's perhaps stronger than his own vocal ability. The opening track, "Shambada," is perhaps the most accomplished piece here, if only because it's the one that's really bikutsi. From there it's all pretty much downhill, unless you happen to be a fan of Top 40 stylings. But Forest is good at what he does, there's no denying that, and he has a future, although probably more as a composer than performer. ~ Chris Nickson

    Date Released
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    So' Forest
    Isidore Modjo
    Forest, So'
    1. Forest, So' / Georges, Lary and Henry / Gordon
    Naxos (Distributor)
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