Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza

The incredible “Psychedelic Sanza (1982-1984)” is a beautifully dreamy celebration of the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, by Francis Bebey.

[…] I did not participate in the production of the various records that my father devoted to the sansa. He did it himself, you might say, in his “laboratory.” Yet today, I cannot imagine playing a concert without using a sansa. The piano remains present so that listeners don’t become disoriented and wonder about the weird sounds invading their ears! However, I find the eccentric and disturbing side of sansa interesting. And the sansa always affects the audience: in reality, it excites them. The secrets of this instrument are surely its beneficial powers and… its magic!”
– Patrick Bebey (Read more)

See also: Super Jungle

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