Bisso Na Bisso - Finest African Hip Hop
French Hip Hop Artists
Honor Their African Roots
Bisso Na Bisso is your perfect introduction to African hip hop music if
you like French hip hop artists: While the rhymes feel
comfortably familiar, African soukous beats kidnap you
into an exotic, but friendly and welcoming part of the world.
You will never want to return again!
Back in 1999, eight well established rappers came together
to record an awesome album. Passi, Ben-J, Lino, Calbo, Doc, G Kill,
the only lady M'Passi have one thing in common: Although
living in France, each of them originally comes from Congo.
name of the group makes sense: In the Congolese language "Lingala",
Bisso Na Bisso means something like "between us". Their plan was
to honor their African roots with a unique album:
The legendary album Racines
"Racines" means "roots" in French. And that's what the group so
successfully incorporates into their urban rap music: The album comes
life with Congolese rumba and soukous rhythms. It takes you
from European cities down to colorful African villages.
Racines, the group saw immediate success in 1999. It
received a Kora award for the best African group and for the best video
clip. They toured the world and sold their album over 200'000 times.
didn't know any of this though when I bought the album. It was the
first African record I ever purchased and I just loved it. I still do!
There's something magic about it. Ask any Congolese about Racines and
he or she will turn melancholic. This album really was one of a kind.
10 years after their first
project, the rappers came together again and released
Can it meet the fan's high expectations? That you'll have
to decide yourself.
What do YOU think about Bisso Na Bisso?
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