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Easy on the ears

N'ga Funk
N'ga Funk
By Brice Wassy

B+W / M.E.L.T. 2000: 1996

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This review first appeared in the September 27, 1996 issue of the North County Times.

Cameroonian percussionist Brice Wassy melds his country's Makossa pop music with American jazz for an upbeat, accessible sound.

Wassy doesn't have a regular band on his latest recording, and the stylistic range he shows is as broad as the rsoter of musicians. It ranges from the light-jazz pop sounds of the title track to the more African "Flip Swing" to the new agey "Days Off" to "Doze Off," which sounds as if it came out of New Orleans.

Nearly every song is built around a brass chorus, counter-balanced with a strong rhythm section; most have a nicely hooked, radio-friendly melody.