Sepia

Coco Mbassi is a vocalist from the West African nation of Cameroon who now makes her home in Paris.

Coco Mbassi is a vocalist from the West African nation of Cameroon who now makes her home in Paris. Winner of Radio France International's Prix Découverte for the single "Muengue mwa Ndolo" (1996), Mbassi is mainly known in France. Sepia will surely increase her fan base significantly. She possesses a lovely, musical voice, and she's a songwriter who will never have to look beyond her own material for viable tracks. She sings in her native tongue—Duala—and her lyrics are translated in the liner notes. Take in the fine clarity of Mbassi's voice on the opening tune, the a cappella "Mbaki," and note the gentle, compassionate message to troubled women in "Muto." Sepia will be remembered as the debut of an important world-music artist. Racked by Allegro.—PVV