So Kalmery

So Kalmery

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Singer, songwriter and composer, So Kalmery is THE representative of Brakka, this unique style which is at the same time a philosophy and a social, political struggle, and also dance music. The name Brakka comes from "Bra", which means the start, and "Ka", which means "infinity" and also "the mind

Biography



So Kalmery is originally from the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country sadly so often in the headlines over the last years. His story is one marked by the rich history but also the misfortunes of this part of Africa. His father was assassinated because of his close ties to the independence leader Patrice Lumumba, and So Kalmery became an orphan and a refugee at the age of seven... He spent many years fleeing from the various wars that devastated the region and finally found asylum in Zambia. It was during this period that the humanism which permeates his songs was forged. Very young, he learned music and played in numerous local orchestras. He established himself in Europe following a tour with the great Congolese musician Franco. A prodigious musician, an insatiable traveller, a poet, singer and dancer in search of the roots and the values of humanity, So Kalmery is an atypical and mystical figure, who plays an unclassifiable music which is at the crossroads of blues, folk music, soul and pop: Brakka.

Brakka

Singer, songwriter and composer, So Kalmery is THE representative of this unique style which is at the same time a philosophy and a social and political struggle, but is also dance music. The name Brakka comes from "Bra", which means the start, and "Ka", which means "infinity" and also "the mind". The music takes its source from Eastern African tradition merged with urban influences. It has a triple rhythm (12/8) and could be likened to American Shuffle or even to early Ragtime. It is also a very physical and acrobatic dance, which often impresses hip-hop dancers.

Brakka System is made up of ten songs in Swahili or in English, all with strong socio-political themes.

Discography

2009 Brakka System (Harmonia mundi)
2001 Bendera (Pygmalion records)
1996 Rasni (Melodie)
1993 Quand Margot (Melodie)
1987 Horseshoes in the glove (EMI)

Set List

01 Hey Mama Lisa
02 Regea
03 Brand new day
04 Makout
05 Kamitik Soul
06 Pessa
07 Waria
08 Sema
09 Harembe
10 Calling