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Take a Psychedelic Tour of Guinea in Témé Tan's New Music Video

Congolese-Belgian musician Témé Tan shares the psychedelic music video for "Ça Va Pas La Tête," shot in Conakry, Guinea.

Témé Tan is the musical alias of Belgian-Congolese producer Tanguy Haesevoets. His idiosyncratic sound is a reflection of a multicultural upbringing that saw the artist growing up between Brussels and Kinshasa.


In his latest video,"Ça Va Pas La Tête" (which translates to "are you out of your mind" in English), Témé Tan takes to the streets of Conakry to deliver a strikingly vibrant clip.

The recently released video was shot back in 2014 when "the country was stigmatized by Western media as the population was fighting against the spread of Ebola" the artist tells us. "I wanted to show my friends and family back home how lively and positive the country was."

The 3-minute video, directed by Nene Our Barry and Tanguy Azévu, delivers some psychedelic film edits (by Alexandre De Bueger) that capture life in the country's capital with an air of fun.

Going past the video, though, "Ça Va Pas La Tête" stands on its own with its blend of soukous guitar and '70s folk sounds.

Watch the music video above and, if you haven't already, check out Témé Tan's equally-infectious first single "Améthys" below.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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