Abakuya / About
François Essindi is a Cameroonian music artist, introduced to traditional art.
He plays traditional wind, skin and body instruments. François Essindi is
also luthier, he makes replicas of endangered instruments in his culture
Ekang in southern Cameroon, (traditional harps) Mvet, Ngomo
- Player of pygmy flutes, leaves, arc-mouth ...)
Percussionist, Nkul player (Tam-tam), Ngom (long drum)
- Snail shell and hazel player) and body percussion
Trained at the Yaoundé National Ensemble in Cameroon and thanks to the
many internships and cultural meetings, through the Goethe Institute of Yaoundé
and the French Cultural Center in Yaounde, François has benefited from a great experience
which has made him a credible artist in his country, with awards and honors.
Professional comedian, François Essindi worked with several theater companies in
Cameroon, and elsewhere ...
(Golden Podium Theater, RETIC Grand Prix in 1992)
(Nyong Theater, RETIC Grand Prix in 1993)
(Award of the actor to the theatrical festival of Carthage in 1993) ...
and a long adventure with the company Un-Excursus and the cultural project "Eyala Pena",
from 1998 to 2002
Today, in residence at the Aleph theater in Ivry sur Seine, François Essindi continues his
activity, he harvested and translated into French traditional tales from the southern region of
Cameroon that he tells in music in schools and other places. Four of these tales have
was published in a bilingual book and illustrated by L'Harmattan editions:
- The cockroach spear
- The Dog and the Chimpanzee
- The Hunter and Porcupine
- The Magic Whistle
Francis, a percussion instrument player, organizes introductory workshops every Monday.
rhythm by traditional instruments. These workshops are also taking shape in other places.
François made in Paris copies of the traditional instruments in the vanishing
his culture. He goes to meet musicians of all horizons. This project is called the "Tag
Ekang Music Experiences ... »Small concerts of this project are slowly emerging in Paris,
in, Ile de France or elsewhere in Francen Germany, Portugal, Cameroon...
On the music side, François Essindi works with artists from diverse backgrounds, works with
theater and dance companies both as actors or musical composers.
Participation in films both as actor and musical composer. François works with
instruments that he refabricates in Paris, and sometimes by changing their form. He qualifies his Music
of "Tag Ekang Music Experiences" ... Gather on stage instruments, sounds, machines
and musicians from all Horizons.
François intervenes, in schools, penitentiary, in Concerts in cultural places in
festival and in the corridors of the Parisian Metro, because artist of the Paris Metro since 2009.
- His first musical project is Otoulbaka: link
Otoulbaka represented Cameroon at several venues and festivals between 1980 and 2001.
In 2005, François Essindi made a musical project Abakuya thanks to a meeting in Switzerland with
an Australian bassist (Jimi Sofo)
From this project will be born two discs:
• Primitive love in 2008
• Abakuya Ep in 2010
François collaborates with different artists in different projects. (Painters, Musicians,
BriceWassy (Cameroon), Madesheerkhan (France), CarolineChivé (France), Hilaie
Penda (Cameroon), Riad Abdelgawad (Egypt), or Florence Soissong ... as well as
Author of four books of bilingual and illustrated stories published by L'harmattan, François
Work on the collection of stories, rites and songs of his culture Ekang (south Cameroon).
He plans to build a cultural place thanks to the support of the association Akiba, link
Anxious about the disappearance of certain instruments of his culture, François manufactures in Paris
instruments of his culture Ekang (Mvet, Ngomo, Mouth Rainbow). He also repairs instruments
Skin (Change of Skins, and all odds related to these instruments (Djembe, or any other skin instrument).
The Tag Ekang Music Experiences ...
François makes instruments in Paris in order to make them credible and to share them with
greater number. He goes to meet artists and instruments of modernity for
share his experience and his culture to as many people as possible. It is from this meeting that will be born
the project !
This project brings together musicians (guests) from all over the world, machines and instruments.
Concert of the month of January 2019 in collaboration with link
I invite you, dear friend to participate in my next concert of the month of January 2019. "Tag Ekang
Music Experiences ... "(François Essindi on stage with the musicians who accompany him)
- A participatory concert is a concert where you can contribute from 1 euros to 10, 15, or 20
euros and see More ...
-1 You can benefit from a concert place and the Abakuya Ep Cd of 6 tracks by the artist Francois
Essindi, for a fee of 15 euros
-2 You can benefit from a concert place and the Cd Primitive Love of Abakuya of 13 titles
for a fee of 20 euros
- 3 You can make a free gift Rewards included.
- 4 You can make a free gift with no consideration, in which case you give everything you
want and without rewards, so from 1 euro, to what you want, to encourage
the artist and all his actions ...
So you can also join the loyalty program with link and there you
Then there, 1 Euro donated will entitle you to 1 Point ...
OBJECTIVE TO REACH: 64 CONTRIBUTORS
BEFORE: NOVEMBER 9, 2018
↗ MAXIMUM: 100 CONTRIBUTORS
The link to participate:
/ Contact for information: 0695672815
/ NEXT DISC: In the process of recording for the next disc.
/ Programming Tour for the summer and winter 2019.
/ Preparation of a theater show in One Man Show at the Aleph Theater (Ivry sur Seine