Francis Bebey — Pygmy Divorce
from Pygmy Love Song (1982)
Cameroonian synth music with yodeling, to tell the story of a failed pygmy marriage. Rarely does a song marry so thoroughly the politics of elephant tusk trading for a wife, with sentiments of regret. “Just now I be sorry, sorry plenty, sorry that I marry you. Because you make me cry all time. Why you make me cry and feel sad like that?”
The genius behind this strange brew is African renaissance man Francis Bebey, not only an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician (he played all the instruments on this album) but also a poet, writer, journalist and reporter for Radio France Internationale.
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