K-Bass and project leader Bassirima Soro have released two albums in the Reggae / Calypso style. The debut, “Too Much Negativity” and the second “La Liberte.” Both are available on CDBaby.
Bassirima Soro, whose dancehall reggae with his K-Bass project is invigorating and uplifting, comes from the Ivory Coast…along with an amazing story.
Soro who was born into a musical family- his father a musician, his mother a singer – was primarily an outstanding athlete, having between 1989 and 1996 won five Ivory Coast titles in the 5,000m and six more in the 10,000m…but his story is more extraordinary than that.
In 1996, Soro sat in an airport in the Ivory Coast, ready to fly to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics. Two hours before the takeoff, though, the nation’s only qualified marathoner was one of 15 athletes, to be told that, the Ivory Coast was not sending him to the Games. “Space was limited,” they said. Eventually, the truth came out: Officials and their family members took the athletes spots for a vacation. The Minister of Sport was later fired.
That was when Soro decided that he would move to the United States… along with his passion for running and music.
“La Liberte” represents K-Bass’ first artistic stint as a totally independent artist. On it he sings in English, French and his native Bambara, and plays both African reggae and the infectious dance styled – Zouglou, which originated in the Ivory Coast but has spread to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon and much of central and Northern Europe.
K-Bass’ songs of praise, promise, new beginnings, and social consciousness shines throughout “La Liberte,” like a rainbow reflected in the earth’s sunlit atmosphere after the rain.
Seventeen catchy, accessible tracks that run from pop to reggae, will have you dancing and humming along, even if you don’t understand the language on some of the songs. Standout songs, from a personal point of view are, “Djigui,” “S’aimer,” “Without You,” “Gban Gban” and “Aminata.”
Nearly every song makes you want to get up and dance. It is a true credit to K-Bass’s songwriting and singing abilities that he can take serious social themes and not only put them to notes, but also to make the listener smile and feel uplifted.
This is an album well produced, worth all the praise it will ultimately receive and should be a part of any lover of World Music’s collection. K-Bass (Bassirima Soro) is one of those rare and precious artists who seem to have truly lived and experienced the profound messages they communicate through their music.
“La Liberte” is one of those albums you can listen to over and over again and never get tired of hearing it. With each listen, it just becomes more of an old friend, you love spending time with.
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