The blues as it should be played..acoustic, intimate, personal. Roland Tchakounte, a very personable blues man from Cameroon, encompasses both the despair and hope, promise in his soul-wrenching music. The words are in his native language but the meaning pervades his sounds. He artfully blends both bass and sharp notes to make one feel the essence of his music. A very fine musician who fell under the influence of John Lee Hooker, Roland conveys his life experiences through his music. Warm, melodious, foot-stomping, he directly caresses his guitar strings in a masterful variation of colors. The tone of his voice makes a perfect marriage with his gripping guitar playing.
Surrounded by two other compelling musicians on guitar and percussion, Roland played to an extremely appreciative audience that made for a memorable evening. If you are a blues fan, this man is an absolute must because his guitar and voice interpretations leave one feeling very moved, introspective yet happy. I highly recommend this musician.