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ABAKUYA
Band member short biographies

FRANCOIS ESSINDI

FRANCOIS ESSINDI is an actor, dancer, storyteller and musician from Cameroon. A
                                  leading percussionist in his native country, Essindi
                                  is renowned for his powerful onstage energy crafted
                                  with his delicate phrasing and touch. Essindi is the
                                  recourse that cannot be ignored for the new wave
                                  of local artists and singers in Cameroon who are
                                  compelled to reuse the Tam-tam call, the Mvet and
                                  the Snail shell that had been banned from popular
                                  Cameroonian music. Today based in Paris, Essindi
                                  refines the art of the traditional harp from central
Africa, the Ngomo from Cameroon as well as the Mvet, another endangered string
instrument.
A storyteller from the Bulu world, François Essindi is a creative in the truest sense,
who never stops exploring and studying traditional ways of writing alongside
developing new ways to touch an audience with the magic of African rhythms.


JIMI SOFO

An Australian bass player and composer, JIMI SOFO is an inspired globe-trotter,
                                    bringing his ears, experience and expertise to
                                    ABAKUYA.
                                    Born into a large and talented musical family in
                                    Melbourne, Australia, Jimi started playing the violin
                                    at the age of six before picking up the guitar and
                                    double bass. He was granted a five year
                                    scholarship at the Canberra school of music and
                                    has been composing, recording and touring the
                                    globe ever since with projects varying from classical
to jazz to African. Jimi’s motivation, dedication, humility and submersion in the world
of music is both inspiring and compelling to both peers and audiences. His playing is
renowned to be poetic, free and lucid.

A host of talented guest musicians play regularly with ABAKUYA for varying concerts,
festivals and recordings.

          For tour dates, music samples, press and other info contact
                                     ABAKUYA
                             abakuya@gmail.com
                           www.myspace.com/abakuya

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Abakuya Bios

  • 1. ABAKUYA Band member short biographies FRANCOIS ESSINDI FRANCOIS ESSINDI is an actor, dancer, storyteller and musician from Cameroon. A leading percussionist in his native country, Essindi is renowned for his powerful onstage energy crafted with his delicate phrasing and touch. Essindi is the recourse that cannot be ignored for the new wave of local artists and singers in Cameroon who are compelled to reuse the Tam-tam call, the Mvet and the Snail shell that had been banned from popular Cameroonian music. Today based in Paris, Essindi refines the art of the traditional harp from central Africa, the Ngomo from Cameroon as well as the Mvet, another endangered string instrument. A storyteller from the Bulu world, François Essindi is a creative in the truest sense, who never stops exploring and studying traditional ways of writing alongside developing new ways to touch an audience with the magic of African rhythms. JIMI SOFO An Australian bass player and composer, JIMI SOFO is an inspired globe-trotter, bringing his ears, experience and expertise to ABAKUYA. Born into a large and talented musical family in Melbourne, Australia, Jimi started playing the violin at the age of six before picking up the guitar and double bass. He was granted a five year scholarship at the Canberra school of music and has been composing, recording and touring the globe ever since with projects varying from classical to jazz to African. Jimi’s motivation, dedication, humility and submersion in the world of music is both inspiring and compelling to both peers and audiences. His playing is renowned to be poetic, free and lucid. A host of talented guest musicians play regularly with ABAKUYA for varying concerts, festivals and recordings. For tour dates, music samples, press and other info contact ABAKUYA abakuya@gmail.com www.myspace.com/abakuya