FM Tribe

FM Tribe

 New York City, New York, USA
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Francis Mbappe can really lay it down!

"Cameroonian bassist Francis Mbappe has been a session hotshot ever since he was doubling as leader of Manu "Soul Makossa" Dibango's touring band. Mbappe's music represents a breakthrough. It's where his native earthiness meets his jazz-bred slickness."

- TIME OUT (March 9-15, 2006, issue 545)

Biography

A native of Cameroon, Francis Mbappe is an unstoppable natural musician who is releasing his third album under his name, after having graced the stage with musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto, Francois Louga, and Ernesto Djedje.

By the age of nineteen Mbappe was bass player and musical director for Manu Dibango’s band, with whom he toured extensively from 1982 until 1990. He appears on the albums “Surtension”, “Abele Dance”, “Baobab Sunset” and the renowned “Waka Africa” release, which also features Peter Gabriel, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, and King Sunny Ade.

Upon arrival to New York City in the 1990’s, Francis started the band “FM TRIBE” with some of the most exciting, innovative players around. With funk in the conception, rock in the attitude, swing in the movement and soul in the spirit, Francis Mbappe led his band “FM TRIBE” through the New York City music circuit and recorded a stylistically revolutionary album entitled "Need Somebody."

Aaron Heick, former saxophonist, referred to Mbappe’s contribution to the cross-pollination of music as “essential. Francis is contributing something new and truly unique to this scene. He is on the verge of creating a new kind of music that contains many of the best elements of both traditions (jazz, funk, rhythm-n-blues with African music).
It is so rare to find someone who is capable of pulling all these types of influences together and to actually create something new.”

Lyrics

Freedom

Written By: Francis Mbappe

Freedom, Oh Yeah
Pride that I get
Walking in the forest
Listening to the rhythm yo
Talking to the birds, Oh Yea

Freedom is what we want
Freedom is what we need
Freedom is what we feel
Freedom is what we deserve

Feel it, Oh Yeah
The wind on your skin
Saying what you mean and believe,
Looking straight in the eyes, Freedom Yeah

CHORUS

Lion Kola

Written By: Francis Mbappe

Instrumental

Peace

Written By: Francis Mbappe

Open your eyes
Visualize
See what you wanna be
Concentrate oh oh
It is possible
Just believe in yourself oh oh
I hold you tight
your heart beat
I can feel it
Oh yeah

The World is change
People's mind's change
We can not turn back now
We can't turn back time
The World is change
People's mind's change
We can not turn back now
We can't turn back baby
Oh Oh

Can you see what the mind can do?
Everything it is possible
Just keep the faith
You are the future
You are the next generation

The World is change
Now we must learn
How to live together
We can't turn back time

The World is change
Now we must learn
How to live together
We can't turn back time

Discography

"FM Tribe Vol. 1," "Celebration," "Peace is Freedom," "Surtension," "Abele Dance," "Baobab Sunset," "Boro Song," "Waka Africa," "Percussion Madness"

Set List

Varies