BLICK BASSY’S NEW ALBUM 1958 OUT TODAY VIA NO FORMAT/TÔT OU TARD/IDOL

THREE NEW YORK PERFORMANCES NEXT WEEK AT
ROUGH TRADE, SOFAR SOUNDS AND SUMMERSTAGE

“The modern Cameroonian griot's new full-length follows Bassy as he delivers striking tributes to those who fought for Cameroon's independence” –okayafrica

“A reminder that [Bassy] is one of Africa’s most important new artists.” –Uncut

“sepia-tinged songs blending sad brass and bossa nova rhythms.” –Mojo

“★★★★” The Times

“World Album of the Month” –The Guardian

Blick Bassy is set to release his new album 1958 on June 21 via No Format/Tôt ou Tard/IDOL. Watch/share the video for the single “Ngwa,” HERE.

Emerging artist Blick Bassy’s new album 1958 is out today on No Format/Tôt ou Tard/IDOL. Buy/stream the album HERE. Bassy will celebrate the release with three New York City performances at Rough Trade, Sofar Sounds and SummerStage on June 25, June 26 and June 30 respectively.

The album includes the song “Woñi,” whose “beautiful and reflective” new video recently debuted at OkayAfrica. Watch/share HERE. Of the track, Bassy says, "When people are disconnected and cut off from their history, imbalance and emptiness sets in, leaving room for fear. Vice becomes the only means of survival. This is what is happening to my people, who are just trying to survive. Some turn to alcohol as escape."

Imagine an African artist with the tenderly subversive touch of Bon Iver, the haunting falsetto of Skip James, the razor-like mind of Akala, and the inventiveness of Moses Sumney. You’ve just imagined Blick Bassy. In the slipstream of his acclaimed album Akö, Blick Bassy delivers 1958, a defiant tribute to the heroes who fought and died for the independence of his native Cameroun. Its focus is specific, but its themes—the bondage of neocolonialism, the need for heroes, the relevance of history and the search for true identity—are universal. 


1958 is a soulful collection of songs sung in Bassa, Bassy’s ancestral language. Out already in the U.K. and receiving much critical acclaim, 1958 features collaborations with Clement Petit (cello), Alexis Anerilles (trumpet and keyboards) and Johan Blanc (trombone), and was co-produced by Bassy alongside Renaud Letang (Feist, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lianne La Havas, Saul Williams, Manu Chao).

Watch the video for the album’s first single, “Ngwa” HERE.

Blick Bassy was sent away from the capital Yaoundé at the age of ten to live with his grandparents in the great equatorial rainforest. The lessons he learned there about the primacy of nature, the importance of village society to African identity and the uniquely poetic qualities of Bassa—the ancestral language he uses in his songs—underpin his life and resound through his work. They first took shape in Macase, the highly successful award-winning group he founded in Cameroon, and their expression matured after Bassy moved to France in 2005 with a string of acclaimed albums culminating in the 2016 release of Akö, whose track “Kiki” was chosen for Apple’s iPhone 6 ad campaign.

For more information, please contact Krista Williams, Elizabeth Chambers or Carla Sacksat Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

BLICK BASSY—1958
1. Ngwa
2. Nguiyi
3. Kundé
4. Woñi
5. Mpodol
6. Sango Ngando
7. Maqui
8. Pochë
9. Bès Na Wé
10. Where We Go

 

NEW YORK PERFORMANCES

June 25 /// Rough Trade /// 7 p.m.
June 26 /// Sofar Sounds /// 8:30 p.m.
June 30 /// SummerStage /// 6 p.m.