Looking for something different to feed your jazz addiction? Patrick Bebey may be just what you’ve been craving. Smooth jazz beats, Bebey’s mellow flowing vocals, and a delicious blend of African rooted musical sounds give the CD Oa Na Mba a special something you won’t find in just any jazz. The instruments used in Patrick Bebey’s work are probably a variety you’ve never even heard of: the sanza (or thumb piano), talking drums, the sabar, and pygmy flutes. But when you add them to the more familiar pianos, bass, and trumpets, the mix is something worth giving a serious listen.
Bebey has no small musical resume. He studied classical music at the Paris Conservatoire and is self-taught in Brazilian, jazz, and African music. For a sold-out “Africa at the Opera” production at the Philharmony in Cologne, he performed a piece for the Pygmy flute and choir, together with Ladysmith Black Mambazo a Grammy Award winning South African a capella singing group. I can only imagine what an impact that must have had on the audience!
I can tell you the impact Oa Na Mba has had on me, however. I’ve listened numerous times and am happy to have discovered Bebey. His style is relaxed, upbeat, and uplifting. A truly enjoyable work filled with jazz sounds both familiar and new; an unexpected pleasure on every track!