Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases five videos of the Gabonese Pop/Soukous (Congolese Rumba) vocalist Patience Dabany. Information about the West-Central African nation of Gabon is also included in this post along with the information about Patience Dabany.
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Thanks to Patience Dabany for her musical legacy. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube, and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
INFORMATION ABOUT GABON
"Gabon, a country at the Equator in West-Central Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean in west is bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo.
With an area of 267,668 km², the country is somewhat larger than the United Kingdom, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Colorado.
Because of its oil and mineral reserves and a relatively small population, Gabon is one of Africa's wealthier nations, which is able to protect and preserve its pristine rain forests with a rich biodiversity. More than 10% of Gabon's area is protected parkland, there are 13 National Parks in the country, among them the forested coastal terrain of the Loango National Park, 'Africa's Last Eden' shelters a diversity of wildlife from gorillas and hippos to whales. Lopé National Park consists of mostly rainforest, but in in the north the park contains the last remnants of grass savannas. Akanda Park is known for its mangroves and tidal beaches. Highest mountain in Gabon is Mont Iboundji with 1,575 m."...
"Gabon... officially the Gabonese Republic (French: République gabonaise), is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa. Located on the equator, Gabon is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, the Republic of the Congo on the east and south, and the Gulf of Guinea to the west. It has an area of nearly 270,000 square kilometres (100,000 sq mi) and its population is estimated at 1.5 million people. Its capital and largest city is Libreville...
It is estimated that 80% of Gabon's population can speak French, and that 30% of Libreville residents are native speakers of the language. Nationally, 32% of the Gabonese people speak the Fang language as a mother tongue.
Gabonese music is lesser-known in comparison with regional giants like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. The country boasts an array of folk styles, as well as pop stars like Patience Dabany and Annie Flore Batchiellilys, a Gabonese singer and renowned live performer. Also known are guitarists like Georges Oyendze, La Rose Mbadou and Sylvain Avara, and the singer Oliver N'Goma.
Imported rock and hip hop from the US and UK are popular in Gabon, as are rumba, makossa and soukous. Gabonese folk instruments include the obala, the ngombi, balafon and traditional drums."...
INFORMATION ABOUT PATIENCE DABANY
"Patience Marie Josephine Kama Dabany (born 22 January 1944; member of the Order of Gabriela Silang), also known by the names Marie Joséphine Kama and Josephine Bongo, is a Gabonese singer and musician. Dabany served as the First Lady of Gabon from 1967 to 1988. For nearly 30 years she was married to Omar Bongo Ondimba, who was President of Gabon from 1967 to 2009. After their divorce, she successfully pursued a career in music. She is the mother of the current President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.
….In 1986 Joséphine and Albert Bongo divorced. Marie embarked on a career as a professional artist, under her new name, Patience Dabany. Her first album was Levekisha. Other albums followed such as Cheri Ton Disque Est Rayé, Associé, and Patience Dabany in 1994. In 1997, she released the album Nouvelle Attitude. The same year Dabany returned to her motherland and reestablished herself in Libreville. In 2001 she released Article 106. Her 2004 world music album Obomiyia allowed her to tour with James Brown in Europe. She recorded an album with Kounabeli in 2005; the song La Connaissance from this album was one of the anthems of her former husband (now using the name Omar Bongo Ondimba) used during the presidential campaign of 2005.
Patience Dabany collaborated with many artists such as El DeBarge, Tabu Ley Rochereau, and Tshala Muana...
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of music in Los Angeles. She has composed music for feature films. Having performed at Paris Olympia in 2001, Patience Dabany is one of the most prolific musical ambassadors of Gabon."...
These examples are given in chronological order according to their publishing dates on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
If you know what these songs mean, please add that information in the comment section. Thanks!
Example #1: C'est pour la vie - Patience Dabany [It is for the life]
sweetytruth, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2008
La diva de la musique gabonaise. la Mama ! La seule dont chaque gabonais aime au moins une chanson!
Google translate from French to English:
The diva of Gabonese music. Mama! The only one Gabonese love each at least one song!
Example #2: Patience Dabany - Zain aya
schadrel Uploaded on Dec 30, 2008
Gabon culture et danse
Example #3: Patience Dabany - Ewawa video
schadrel Uploaded on Jun 29, 2009
Patience Dabany, Ewawa. La Mama chante Ewawa. C'est en fait une invitation à lap iste de danse.
Example #4: Patience Dabany - On vous connait [We know you]
Bl@ck Pok€s, Uploaded on Sep 20, 2010
Example #5: Patience Dabany : Onkira
MBILASUKU, Published on Sep 14, 2013
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