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Watching his contemporaries from the rooftops he roams, observing the world from the branches of a tree in the Amazon rainforest, the notion of borders, both geographical and musical, is non-existent for El Gato Negro, who has been exploring the world since he was eighteen.
Driven by a keen sense of adventure and encounters, his instincts led him to Dakar. It's from there that arose the first murmurs of "Tigre Qui Pleure" (Tiger Crying), his 4th album, this time conducted by GUTS, to be released on January 26.

Before becoming a tiger, the cat got its claws on "Cumbia Libre" in 2015, a debut album that paid tribute to Latin music, after a decade spent on the continent.
A few years later, like a scream, he released "Ouvre la Porte" in partnership with Amnesty International, and more recently the feline threw himself into the pool of electronic music with a remix record released on Montreal's Cosmovision Records.

In every country where he settles for a few months or years, the black feline is always embraced by the communities he encounters. Senegal was no exception, and neither were musicians from West Africa and Cuba.

Enchanted by the sound of his Afro-Colombian flutes, which he handles with elegance, members of Orchestra Baobab, including piano icon Cucurucho Valdés from Havana, were delighted by El Gato Negro and his bag of songs, which travel with him. Philosophical tales, poetic observations, light-hearted love stories are told in French, Spanish or Wolof.

Beneath El Gato Negro's perpetually cheerful mask, a hitherto hidden melancholy is now on full display with his new opus, "Tigre Qui Pleure", due for release on January 26, 2024.

Clémence Amilhat
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