Ernesto Djedje - Roi Du Zigilbithy

Ernesto Djedje - Roi Du Zigilbithy

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Available 14th October 2022.

Analog Africa pays tribute to the "King of Ziglibithy", the founder of the Ziglibithy movement, with this compilation featuring tracks from 1977 – 1982.

Ernesto Djédjé was one of the most innovative artists Côte d'Ivoire has ever produced. It was a trip to Nigeria and experiencing Fela Kuti's music that inspired Ernesto and steeled his resolve to modernize Ivorian music. He rose to fame in a matter of years, popularising the Ziglibithy style - a mixture of the rhythms and chants of the Bété people with the popular styles of the period, Makossa, Funk and Disco.

His untimely mysterious death in 1983, aged 35, shocked the country.