Une vie, une douleur, une victorie

by Poetes Fysiks

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about

Ken Kiz and Ngongull ze Blackman, the two dreadlocked emcees that make up Poetes Fysiks, are both natives of Gabon. The pair met in the early nineties as rivals in different local rap groups. They joined forces after recognizing each other’s passion for hip hop’s powerful voice, and their uncanny ability to flow so well together.

By 2008, the duo were forced to leave their home country due to their stubborn outspokenness and the lack of interest among Gabonese politicians in young artists with big mouths.  They bounced around the continent and finally settled in Ouagadougou, where they have become a mainstay to the scene.

Poetes Fysiks’ music evokes the golden era of underground hip hop in the US. There’s a certain grit and hunger that stood out in the 90s and still remains in their music today. Their style is reminiscent of Blackstar in their heyday: revolutionary, energetic, b-boy styles. When they perform, everything clicks. You can tell that Ken and Ngongull are experts at feeding off each others’ energies. They flow seamlessly between languages and are never afraid to throw a fresh freestyle into the mix.

Une vie, une douleur, une victoire (a life, a pain, a victory) was recorded in 2010 across various studios across Ouagadougou and on a shoestring budget. Tracks like “Ce que l’on pense” are a perfect example of Ken and Kiz’s commitment to political insight, as well as their artistic symbiosis. You can watch the official music video for 'Ce Que L'On Pense' here: vimeo.com/7704770

You will be hard pressed to hear pair of artists who live and breathe hip hop to the extent that these two emcees do. Ken and Ngongull have sacrificed their homes, their lives--everything-- for hip hop. Their persistence and desire to remain politically active and outspoken at all costs is synonymous with being devoted emcees. With their latest release Poetes Fyziks are giving new definition to the phrase "and ya don't stop!"

Official video for YASSOMA : www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqOTajhMjkM

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released March 6, 2012

Vocals Recorded at Studio Negre
Copyright: Staycalm
Produced By: Same Same Productions
Publishing: Same Same Productions
Mixed by Same Same at Imanyagowon Media Studios
Graphics by Prez of Staycalm!


www.myspace.com/poetesfyziks2010

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ken kiz/ keurtyce. e / ngongull ze blackman / owoninho
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ngongull ze blackman/ ken kiz/ owoninho
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ngongull ze blackman
/ ken kiz / nkoghe georges thierry " ngt "
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ngongull ze blackman / ken kiz / frank boris nzinga
Track Name: France Afrique
ngongull ze blackman / ken
kiz/ junkaluz / cheik tidiane seck
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ngongull ze
blackman / ken kiz / maitre angone zok “shogun’’
Track Name: Word Up 1
ngongull ze blackman / abess / natty jean/ kenkiz / frank boris nzinga