Recently, my friend Be Brown sent me a video on facebook with a group of youth in a dance circle taking turns dancing in the middle, chanting Bobaraba on top of a beautiful synthed-out fast tempo Coupe Decale instrumental. Friends asked what the instrumental track was and I didn't know, but then Birdseed drops the Logobi bomb on me, and I discover the Zaza Twins:
People have been trying to tell me Coupe Decale is dead, or at least losing popularity, but Coupe Decale is just the continuing story in a long line of tradition in African Popular music. I have another post soon that will get deeper into that, but basically to me Logobi is the obvious next step in the evolution on the Coupe Decale sound. It's the child of the marriage between Kuduro attitude adapted in France and Coupe Decale's Soukous snare pattern.
It's a constant conversation between diaspora and homeland, sped up by new media and rising immigration. And, once again, I'm not surprised to see this movement led by youth (and these kids look young!) trying to make their own voice in this international conversation, not far removed from the kids I hang out with on a daily basis trying to mix Mobbin' with Jerkin'.
How kids in Paris Jerk:
And by the way, for Mr. Birdseed, if you are wondering about influences, just check out the Twins' Skyrock Blog that has links to African Tonic, DJ Spheedy, Olivia of G Unit featuring Congolese Ndombolo Star Fally Ipupa, and Dave Guetta featuring Akon, in other words, and not to get all Rainbow coalition on ya'll, but all these connections make me happy to see we all might be on a similar page.
Zaza Twins-Couper Decaler Instru 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Play it Loud and Play it Proud!