Wednesday, September 28, 2011
CD Review: Fely Tchaco's 'Maturite'
A native of Ivory Coast, Fely Tchaco creates catchy, pop-driven songs in English, French, and Gouro languages. The relatively contemporary approach still retains a sense of traditionalism, especially on “Goba.” The piano comes out on “Woui le m’En fe,” and a danceable tune, “En Louh,” stands out. Global and local issues surround the content of the songs. The Afro-pop focused “Si J’avais des Ailes” is golden. The dance track, “America Land of Hope” is a nod at the social and political accomplishments of American history. The lyrically and rhythmically-centered songs are especially uplifting and relevant. Fely’s French influence is prevalent, yet distinctly African at the same time. Fely’s voice is superb and a beacon of light for the people of Ivory Coast and all of Africa. French and English song summaries are included in the liner notes. ~ Matthew Forss