Bassist Henri Francis Mbappe Mabole Elessa is from Cameroon. His charismatic persona has shared the stage with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto and he was also the musical director of Manu Dibango's band. His voice can be heard on the albums "Surtension," "Afry Jazy," "Abele Dance," "Baobab Sunset" and "Waka Africa." It features Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita and King Sunny Ade.
Francis runs his own music production company "FM GROOVE INC.," through which he gathers musicians of different origins, education and artistic backgrounds.
"Celebration" must be celebrated as it is: the cross-point between songs both traditional and new. This release is loaded with emotion but it also contains balance and simplicity with high skill through humility. Throughout the songs the listener can feel virtuosity, strength, passion and fire. Mbappe's words are fully charged with feeling whether written in his language, French or English.
The music is joyful, creative and melangée avec including elements of his tradition. His many influences coupled with his origin are brilliantly blended with jazz and the result is a new music. Mbappe is in constant creation, arranging albums and working on film music, making Francis un personage in the New York scene of nowadays.
Being a highly respected musician in New York and at the same time recalling his own roots makes Mbappe a special character. Add to this the joie de vivre and you've got the CD Celebration.Henri Francis Mbappe Mabole Elessa is a creator and the myriad of projects in which Mbappe is and has been involved with prove that this joyful man is really an epicurean.