Stephan Franke

Since 1985, guitarist Stephan Franke has played in various Hamburg music projects such as Baianada, Jamie Leaves, MacaBahia and Sobrasa. After many years in the worlds of Jazz and Música Popular Brasileira, he began to grapple with the musical roots of those styles, the traditional music of West Africa. Inspired by exemplars such as Wes Montgomery, Gilberto Gil or Fatoumata Diawara, he covers a wide range of styles with guitar and synthesizer. His jazz-funk riffs and atmospheric sounds forge a bridge between the rhythmic and melodic aspects of the Bangoura Group’s repertoire. “The lyrical and energetic music with kora, balafon and djembe forms a wonderful space for improvisation and creativity”. Stephan Franke produced the recording and mixing for the first Bangoura Group CD.