In 2016 Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy released 'Le Moabi Cinéma', his first, largely autobiographical, novel in which he looked for ways to regain control over his fate, how to escape from Western cultural imperialism, which is particularly noticeable in Africa, and how to pick up the thread of his own history. The answers to these pressing questions can now be found on '1958', a concept album in which he pays homage to the heroes of the Cameroon independence movement and Ruben Um Nyobè in particular. The latter (see also the cover image of the album), nicknamed 'Mpodol' (Bassa for: "spokesperson for his own people") was the first Cameroonian political activist to fight for the independence of his country and was executed without trial by the French army on September 13th 1958. In the songs on '1958' Blick expresses his admiration for the man (opener 'Ngwa', which can be translated as "the friend"), he puts himself in the position of Nyobè ('Lipèm') and tells about his struggle ('Maqui'), but at the same time he reprimands the current rulers of Cameroon who treat Mdopol's legacy with little respect ('Mpodol') and the younger generations who are particularly ignorant and all too happy to sacrifice their traditions for the material dream world of advertising ('Ngui Yi'). Interesting detail: '1958' might be as African as they come, for the entire album no drums or percussion were used! More than excellent album with which Blick Bassy effortlessly transcends all stereotypes about African music!