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Le génie frappeur

« When you don’t know where you’re going, remember from where you came! »

Ku means «authentic», « affection for one’s soil, one’s roots».

Jazz would not exist without improvisation.

Rhythmic improvisation is the basis of all traditional musics.

One may say that they will everlastingly be jazz.

Groove, is the feeling within this musical concept.

It’s sharing this sensation.

Funerals, reunions, go to the congregation
of your ancestor’s shadows, go to Bakondji,

Receive what they have to pass on to you, to
teach you;

That which is received is given to them that must listen

Go forward to meet tradition and undergo
your initiation as a man!

Nourish your brainpower and understand that death
is nourished by life, that life is carried forth by

Only the seed is important because the sprout is the source of life.

Félicité Wouassi


Musical journey

Brice Wouassi, also known as “Wassy”, belongs to the generation of African musicians that, during the years 1970-1975 migrated to Europe in quest of an international career. This career, Brice Wassy started by collaborating with the best known. Being a highly skilled drummer he is sideman to the biggest:

Pierre Akendengue (Gabon), Talking Heads, Salif Keita (Mali), Jean-Luc Ponty, Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Graham Haynes, Busi Mhlongo (South Africa).

His career starts playing pots and pans then only 7 years old he finds himself in a fifteen piece orchestra in a club in Yaoundé (Cameroon) and for the next 5 years until he’s 12 he plays with a variety of Cameroon’s bands. Since then he never leaves the musical world.

In 1974 upon his arrival in Paris he plays with Wally Badarou and then, during 6 years, with Manu Dibango. In 1981 the recording of the album “Waka Juju” puts into the limelight his musical qualities and from then on he is largely recognized on the musical scene.

Following this on his musical journey he plays with many well-known artists such as: Pierre Akendengé‚ (Gabon), Francis Bebey (Cameroon), Uta Bella (Cameroon), Touré Kounda (Senegal), Daniel Balavoine, Louis Chédid et Jacques Higelin (France), etc., but many jazzmen as well: Colin Walcott, Don Cherry et Jim Pepper (USA) who appreciate Brice’s command of down-to-earth, roots, music.

As of 1994, having participated in the recording of the “Soro” album, he becomes musical director of Salif Keita’s orchestra and is often seen playing with Myriam Makeba. He participates in Tam-Tam l'Europe (an orchestra composed of 9 drummers such as Francis Lassus, Mocktar Samba, Paco Sery), he is often noticed playing at the hottest jazz scenes in Paris.

The Makossa rhythm is the most renowned music from Cameroon known throughout France and interpreted by world famous artists such as Manu Dibango. However this region, the west of Cameroon, harbors many other very rich and traditional rhythms.

Even today, Brice Wassy astonishes us in the discovering or re-discovering of "Manga Mbeu", "Kou Nga" and others "Bikout-si.

In Cameroon these traditionally funeral musics are now slowly being played at popular dance halls and marriage ceremonies. Therefore, impregnated by the rhythms of his homeland, Cameroon, and influenced by other music he has played throughout his journey Brice begins to compose his own style of music, which rapidly seduces a wide rage of initiated listeners. In 1991 he co-produces an album with the famous French jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty. He finds the musicians and composes most of the tunes including the title track “Tchokola”.

Presently, Wassy displays all of the richness of this music profoundly rooted in Africa but open to all encounters.

Behind the astonishing complexity of the "Kù Music" is born the simplicity of "African Jazz Dance" that attracts one into experiencing the music, all of the music and nothing but the music…


Pierre Akendengue / "Mando"- 1990

Manu Dibango/ “ Waka Juju" - 1981/ "Electric Africa" - 1982/ "Afrijazzie" - 1984/ "Waka Africa" - 1994

Salif Keita / “Soro" - 1994, "Koyan" - 1997

Jerry Harrisson / album en - 1988

Talking Head / "Naked" – 1988, Jakarta - 1989,

Jean-Luc Ponty / « Tchokola" - 1991

Graham Hahnes / "Griots Footsteps" – 1994

Busi Mhlong / Urbanzulu - 2000

Brice Wassy / "Nga Funk"-1995, "Shrine Dance"- 1997, Balengu Village" - 2000

Directing Productions

Amanpondo / South Africa –

Annie-Marie Nzié / Cameroon 6 -


Brice Wassy / “Méthode de batterie” (a method for drumming) /edited by H.L. MUSIC / Editions HENRY LEMOINE, 41 rue Bayen, 75017 Paris 


Ku jazz Groove

CONCERTS 1999 – 2005:


Queen Elisabeth Hall – London / Royal Theatre – Brighton / Playhouse – Newcastle /Corn Exchange - Bury St Edmunds/ Royal northern College of Music - Manchester / Opera Theatre - Manchester / City Hall – Salisbury / Phoenix – Exester / Pavilion – Bath/ Arts center - Colchester

Paris and outskirts (famous jazz clubs)

Duc des Lombards / Sunset / New Morning/ Baisé Salé / Cithéa / Le réservoir / Festival Sons d’hivers / La maison du mail – Gif sur yvette (91) / « Nouvelles latittudes » - Pantin (93).


Rhythm Sticks – London / Festival des suds - Marseille (13) / Barbacan Jazz Festival – London. / Multicultifestival – Berlin/ Jamboree – Barcelona

South Africa

Johannesburg / Durban / Pretoria / Cap town.


Jazz under the mangoes - Yaoundé – Cameroon / Traditional Festival Batanté – Cameroon.