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Masters Yasimika/Yékéké à vendre

En tant qu’ancien gérant de CybearSonic SARL, petit label français de 2003 à 2016, je souhaite vous proposer de me racheter un lot de masters intéressants, étant moi-même passé à autre chose et pour ne pas qu’ils disparaissent.

En 2010, je rencontrais Djeli Moussa Diawara, le Korafola guinéen avec sa Kora unique à 32 cordes et demi-frère de Mory Kanté, lors d’un festival de musique à Marseille. Etant producteur et éditeur de musique (illustration sonore…) depuis 2003 et passionné de musiques africaines depuis l’adolescence, nous avons commencé à réfléchir à des projets.

C’est ainsi que l’idée de remastériser son tout 1er album (1982, Abidjan) est apparue. Le vinyl de 4 titres, à l’origine éponyme, est plus connu sous le nom de l’une des compositions « Yasimika » .

Jusqu’à sa disparition, le musicologue Charlie Gillett a regretté que cet album ne soit pas réédité et plus disponible.

Après avoir récupéré le master à Abidjan, fait restaurer la bande (déjà mixée malheureusement), remasterisé les 4 titres, travaillé sur de nouvelles compositions et racheté d’autres titres inédits, je suis bien entendu passé à la distribution, digitale d’abord avec des plans pour un Vinyl et d’autres supports (coffret).

Malheureusement, j’ai fait un burnout, puis une profonde dépression, qui s’est soldée par mon départ de la France pour l’Afrique en 2016. Je réside désormais au Bénin, à Cotonou. Tout le projet a été bien évidemment arrêté, hors distribution numérique que j’ai stoppée aussi il y a quelques semaines, ce qui m’a déjà valu des « réclamations » sur les réseaux sociaux.

Yasimika aura 40 ans en 2022, et ce serait probablement une bonne idée, pour un label qui fait des rééditions de proposer de nouveau cet album au public, sous toutes formes possibles.
J’ai totalement arrêté ces activités de production/édition.

Pour aller au plus concret, je vous propose un package comprenant :

  • La bande originale de Yasimika (master) + la version restaurée et remasterisée par un studio parisien spécialisé et reconnu.
  • Les 2 drives contenant les masters et stems des titres rachetés (dont certains 100% inédits hors Guinée) et de ceux enregistrés par CybearSonic (4 solos, 4 covers de l’album Yasimika), avec les CDs de mastérisation.
  • Un vinyl original AS Production de 1982.
  • Tous supports intermédiaires que j’ai conservés.
  • Tous documents administratifs utiles.
  • Tous droits liés et dérivés.
  • Au besoin, les créations graphiques réalisées.
  • L’autorisation pour la distribution de la reprise de Caravan (mail de l’éditeur en France).
  • Les pages Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud et Twitter. Les pages Wikipedia sont bien sûr éditables. Il y a aussi une page Bundle BitTorrent pour le second album (avec gateway mail).

Pour discuter de cette offre, contactez-moi.


Selling Djeli Moussa Diawara’s masters

As the former manager of CybearSonic SARL, a small French label from 2003 to 2016, I would like to offer you to buy some interesting music masters from me, as I moved to other activities and it would be a pity if this music disappears.

In 2010, I met Djeli Moussa Diawara, the Guinean Korafola, with his unique 32-string Kora & half-brother of Mory Kanté, at a music festival in Marseilles.
Being a music producer and publisher (sound design…) since 2003 and passionate about African music since adolescence, we started to think about projects. This is how the idea of “remastering” his very first album (1982, Abidjan) appeared.

The originally eponymous 4-track vinyl is known as « Yasimika« .

Until his death, musicologist Charlie Gillett regretted that this album was not re-released yet and no longer available.

After recovering the master in Abidjan, having the tape restored (unfortunately already mixed), the 4 tracks were remastered, DMD worked on new compositions and I bought other unreleased tracks. Then, I started distribution, digital first with plans for a Vinyl and other boxes.

But, I had a burnout, followed by a deep depression, which ended in me leaving France for Africa. Since 2016, I’ve been living in Benin, in Cotonou.

The whole project has obviously been stopped, excluding digital distribution which I also stopped a few weeks ago. This has already earned me a few « complaints » on social networks.

Yasimika will be 40 years old in 2022, and it would probably be a good idea for a label that is working on reissues to offer this album to the public again, in all possible forms.
I personally stopped these production & publishing activities entirely.

To be very direct, I offer a package containing:

  • Yasimika’s soundtrack (master) with the restored version, remastered by a well known Parisian studio.
  • The 2 drives that contain the masters and stems of the purchased titles (some of which are 100% unreleased outside Guinea) and those recorded by CybearSonic (4 solos, 4 covers of the Yasimika album), with the mastering CDs.
  • An original AS Production Vinyl from 1982.
  • Any intermediate media that I kept.
  • All useful administrative documents.
  • All related and derived rights.
  • If necessary, the graphic creations produced.
  • Authorization for the distribution of the Caravan’s cover (publisher’s email in France).
  • The Facebook and YouTube pages, Soundcloud and Twitter. Wikipedia pages are of course editable. There is also a BitTorrent Bundle page (with mail gateway) for the second album « Yékéké Paris 2010 ».

For more information, contact-me here.

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Between 2010 & 2012, with the unLabel part of my company CybearSonic (sound design), I produced a few African music albums, mainly from Guinea & Benin.

With Djeli Moussa Diawara, there were 2 of them:

  • a remastered version of his first album, known as Yasimika, as I could locate the master tape (unfortunately already mixed) in Abidjan. The tape was in bad shape, and it was a really complex job to extract the music from it.
1 of 4 tracks from « Yasimika (Abidjan 1982) »

« […] Two koras, a balafon, and a splendid female chorus backing Jawara’s lead make for a deserved best-seller among Africans in France. This is contemporary-traditional Mandingo music, purely and wonderfully performed and admirably recorded. »
John Storm Roberts, All Music Guide

« […] I swear the emotion is higher here, the weave a quantum more intense. And of such quanta are world-music classics made. »
« […] Yet once again his confident interweave and powerfully West African (Guinéan?) vocal feel (technique?) overwhelm secular skepticism. Right, this kind of Beauty is an ideological construct. Don’t we all deserve a vacation once in a while? »
Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics

« I’m not sure when I first heard the sound of a kora, but I do remember that everything changed in 1983 when I brought home an album by Djeli Moussa Diawara I found at Sterns African records Centre […]. Only four songs, all of them long, and I played this entrancing thing over and over, marvelling at the mixture of kora and guitar, the soaring voice of Moussa and the dreamy answering chorus of women. The endless circles of sound from the balaphon were hypnotising. I played all four songs on Capital Radio, and found that listeners were as enchanted as I was. »
Charlie Gillett, The sound of the world (Dec 01, 2006)

  • then, 13 tracks, mainly unpublished for « Paris 2010 », with some re-recorded in Paris. (Listen to a bootleg of his first concert in UK with this album).

Yékéké (Paris 2010)

From traditional music to Jazz, through a magical encounter with Madagascar.

You can download this album for free as a BitTorrent Bundle since 2014!

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It was an interesting experience, both on a professional and personal level.
Unfortunately, none of these albums were released on CD or Vinyl as they should have been… These were complex times for me…

Now that I’ve left Europe and stopped working in the « Music Business », both these masters and associated rights are available for sale, including a few more unreleased tracks. Contact me!

Watch more videos on YouTube (incl. live @ Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar and @ New Morning in Paris).