|Jean Bikoko Aladin|
I just found out that JEAN BIKOKO ALADIN, THE KING OF ASSIKO has passed away on the 22th July 2010. The following text about the man is from the booklet of the record box " Fleurs musicales du Cameroun'(1983).
The first track is from the same record box 'Fleurs musicales du Cameroun. The second one is from a mid-eighties album.
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The Assiko is a popular dance from the South of Cameroon. Originally based in the Bassa country, this rhythmed dance takes its name from two words: ISI, changed into ASSI, which means earth or ground; and KOO meaning foot. The Assiko is danced dressed in a simple T-shirt and a full skirt with a pronounced, billowing waistline that emphasizes hip movement.
The choregraphies of Assiko use several lop-sided walks, successive small close walks that the dancers make at different heights, standing up or crouching, which makes you feel they float on the stage. There are also demonstrations of sense of balance, contortions and physical strength calling to the exhilalaration of dance or trance.
The Assiko is also a musical style. The band is usually based on a singer accompanied with a guitar, and a percussionnist playing the pulsating rhythm of Assiko with metal knives and forks on an empty bottle. Double bass, drums and some brass can complete this base.
The following videos show Jean Bikoko Aladin Bikoko in full action and gives a good impression of Assiko dancing as well. May his soul rest in peace.