Rebelations 33, Vol. 1 is the first release of a total of 12 songs covering the final stage of Bah’Ndong’s artistic transformation from a pure rapper to a hybrid rap vocalist, an African artist with universal appeal.
The 12 songs are arranged in counter-chronological order, going from the most current version of Bah’Ndong (“Da Baddest”) to the original version of the artist formerly known as Bless B before he signed with BGC Melody (“Sudden””). The album is therefore an eclectic mix of various sounds ranging from Hard Rock to Dancehall, with a transition through Kizomba, old school Makossa and Njang Trap fusion.
At the core of the album is a project to reconnect Cameroonian and African younger generations with the glorious past they may have never known. The hit song “N’Djaména” – made famous worldwide by Tala André Marie in the 1970s and 80s as an African ballad, is revived as an Afro Urban rap that speaks to the transformation of the Chadian city over the past decades into a symbol of Sahelian unity.
The album is a mix of music for pure entertainment and music for the soul. Like with the past Bah’Ndong albums, you get a full meal with several courses. Bah’Ndong is an artist open to all experiences and not locked in a cultural box. The album also includes collabos with fellow BGC Melody artists like Jayé “Carry Ya Luck”, “N’Djaména”) and Mobe Molondo (“Ki Vantard”); but also with his old German band Madhouse Matadors (“Sudden”), Brazilian music instructor and vocalist Malluam (“Pick It Up”) and bona fide Tanzanian female superstar Mwasiti (“Higher Swag”).
Most of the songs of the album are original compositions on original beats composed by a variety of producers from Cameroon and across Africa, like Sango Edi, Marc Eff, Domiguez Jnr, LLTB, BeatsbySV, etc.
Bah’Ndong’s Rebelations 33 will be revealed in three phases. Volume 1 is the current 12 songs featuring the highly successful singles “Da Baddest” and “La Vibe“, Volume 2 with 11 songs is scheduled for late Spring 2021, and Volume 3 with the final 10 songs will be closing the triumvirate by the fall of next year.
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