François N’Gwa – Ogooué (ITDT001)
New French label Into The Deep Treasury is delighted to present Ogooué as a tribute to François N’Gwa‘s homeland, compiling some of his finest pieces, carefully restored and remastered, pressed on 180g vinyl in a hand painted cover artwork for the most enjoyable listening experience possible.
After a couple of months of research, we managed to track down François N’Gwa with the help of the Gabonese writer Cheryl Tanda, with whom he collaborated back in 2017. We finally met François in the heart of a popular northern Parisian neighbourhood in the autumn of 2018.
Since the early 80’s, multi-instrumentalist and deep voice singer François N’Gwa has been jamming on instruments, synthesisers, and later with music production software to blend harmonic traditional Gabonese music together with more contemporary sounds taken from jazz, soul and pop influences close to his heart.
Considered as a star in his native country, François N’Gwa has not yet known massive success on a international scale, likely due to him steering away from profitable collaborations with music industry majors. This has allowed him to remain a genuine artist and an artisan of melodies and harmonies who has made his own path.
As a deeply committed artist, François N’Gwa shares his attachment to his homeland with great emotion. Currently living between Paris and Libreville, he does his best to bring messages of hope to the Gabonese population through his wise lyrics and during his live concerts.
Ogooué is described as a tribute to the main river of Gabon which stretches across the country, drawing its source from the Congo and flowing into the Atlantic ocean. François loves using landscapes and nature to describe his songs and hopes that his compositions transport listeners far away.