Blick Bassy formed his first band in Cameroon at the age of 17. They were called The Jazz Crew and would later develop into Macase, an inventive jazz fusion group inspired by local rhythms with three singers, all singing a different Cameroonian language.
It was with Macase that Blick began to reinvigorate Bassa as a language that could be used in modern music, a language that he felt the younger generations should appreciate. After 10 years of performing with Macase – in which the group toured around Africa and played a number of festivals in Europe – Blick grew frustrated with the lack of infrastructure for an artist in Cameroon and decided to move to Paris. It was there, in 2005, that Blick started his solo career, at first collaborating with a wide range of artists, before eventually releasing his début album Léman, a record that fused West and Central African rhythms, in 2009. The album was followed up by Hongo Calling, which was recorded in Brazil following Blick’s research into the musical link – mainly through slavery – between Cameroon and Brazil, in 2011. After the release of this album he moved to Cantin, a small village in the North of France, which is where you’ll find Skip James’ photo hanging on his wall.