Born of Cameroonian Parents in 1973, Franck BIYONG was attracted to music at a very early age. He spent most of his childhood in West Africa (Gabon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast) where he learned music. He initially attended piano lessons but liked better drums, percussions and rhythms that he heard everywhere (« my first real musical shock ») while he was a youngster. The roots of MASSAK’s sound can be traced back then.
He left Africa at the age of 14, discovering new musical landscapes as he settled with his family in Europe. He switched to bass, then finally guitar and joined his first bands. In the meantime, he started recording and submitting his first demo tapes to various French and European labels. His works obtained better reception in England where he then settled for a couple of years and found inspiration in the dynamic newly born Brighton electro scene.
After FELA’s death in 1997, Franck decided to return to France and pursue the musical struggle of the Black President in his own way. He formed his band MASSAK, launched the AFROLECTRIC MUSIC PRODUCTIONS label and released his first records.Operating like an ever changing musical ensemble, MASSAK performed all over France and Europe for the last ten years with occasional trips to North America (Montréal Jazz Festival, Hothouse in Chicago, Floydfest in Virginia, SOB’s in New York) and performed live with big names of the music scene (Keziah Jones, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Tony Allen, David Murray, Omar…)
As Franck’s reputation kept growing, he released his crossover Afrobeat songs as singles. Distributed by some of the most influent independent labels (Hot Casa, Favorite, Wagram, BBE, Kindred Spirits, Groove Attack, Modiba, Soul Fire and Truth & Soul) these recordings helped him to gain more and more attention for his « Afrolectric Sound ».
– Power Brain feat Wunmi (5.08)
– All Souls Day ( Power Brain’ s Kreyol soundpainting by Jayhem) : 5.45
– Power Brain ( Hi Perspective Remix) 4.38
– Power Brain ( Instrumental) 5.08