Track of the day: 'The Beginning' by Alain Oyono

Locked down in Dakar, his regular gig on pause for the moment, and this autumn set to be based in Birmingham, saxophonist Alain Oyono is all ready to make his mark as a leader and is to debut with The Beginning. Oyono, who has lived in Dakar since …

Published: 18 Apr 2020. Updated: 19 months.

Locked down in Dakar, his regular gig on pause for the moment, and this autumn set to be based in Birmingham, saxophonist Alain Oyono is all ready to make his mark as a leader and is to debut with The Beginning.

Oyono, who has lived in Dakar since 2013 when he moved from his homeland of Cameroon and where he was heavily influenced by the late great Manu Dibango, has been working long-term with the icon of African music Youssou n'Dour as a member of his band Le Super Étoile de Dakar touring the world and making records including History, playing the Proms in London in 2018.

Now's the time on The Beginning, a gorgeous Grover Washington Jr-like atmosphere evoked in the Oyono-composed ballad, a quality melody that you could easily imagine belonging on a Luther Vandross record. SG

Alain Oyono, photo: YouTube

Tags:

Ethereal Garbarek flavour to Devs

I'm very taken by Devs the new Alex Garland scifi tech thriller. Anyone seen it? (Paul Thomas Anderson fans step this way, the water's lovely.) The big surprise, and it worked perfectly, is from the first note on the first episode when music from …

Published: 18 Apr 2020. Updated: 2 years.

Next post

I'm very taken by Devs the new Alex Garland scifi tech thriller. Anyone seen it? (Paul Thomas Anderson fans step this way, the water's lovely.) The big surprise, and it worked perfectly, is from the first note on the first episode when music from Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble is used. The piece in question on Devs is 'Regnantem Sempiterna' from 1990s chanting mega seller Officium. Creepy in context or what? Garbarek sounds completely unearthly.

Sonoya Mizuno plays Lily Chan, top, in Devs

Become a marlbank supporter today