is an extraordinary multitalented musician,
hailing from West Cameroon. He is successfully blending African polyphonic traditions with jazz and blues,
using his acrobatic vocal abilities. His first album was mainly vocal, on his second album
« Song Zin'... (Vocadelic Tales) »
vocal and orchestrated pieces can be found.
He is able to imitate various instruments and effects with his voice only, his music
is very original and full of humour. Yet, the music is never shallow or superficial
and he explores the possibilities of tradition and modernity in a well-balanced manner.
He is mostly singing in Medumba, one of the Bamileke languages, that are so well suited for bluesy music.
Gino studied ethnomusicology in Paris (Sorbonne), where he started his stunning success as a vocal
"acrobat", performing with numerous artists such as Manu Dibango
and Papa Wemba
, among others.
In 2001, he moved to New York, where he performs and where he composes soundtracks.
• Musicians on Song Zin'...
(lead vocal, vocal instruments, miscellaneous effects and backing vocals, tracks 1-16)
Tracks 2-4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15:
(tenor & soprano sax),
Tracks 3, 6, 10, 13:
As Pierre-Eugène Sitchet, in Bazou, Ndé Division, West Province, Cameroon
world / jazz / vocal