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Sly Johnson

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French Rapper: http://www.myspace.com/slyjohnson

Rebirth.

This could have been an alternative title for the album, named “74” after the year Silvère Johnson was born. It marks the birth of artist Sly Johnson, formerly known as The Mic Buddah, a name he took on in celebration of the art he was to excel at excessively: beat-boxing. Using his voice to thunder and startle, he now realises he may have somewhat missed the point. The acrobat felt it was time for a change of direction: in 2010, he has added a pinch of soul to his high-flying vocal acrobatics. “Rap and all it stood for couldn’t be my key to self-discovery anymore. Soul music was the answer. It has always made me want to cry and dance at the same time.” Resurrection.

In 2007, the end of the Saïan Supa Crew adventure marked the start of a new life for Sly. He was trying to find his feet and, by collaborating with various artists (Camille, Rokia Traoré, Erik Truffaz), he found his way: on the very edge of melody, and spirituality above all else. In the quest for his artistic identity, he was guided by Jean-Philippe Mano, a record dealer who helped this hip-hop enthusiast develop a taste for original versions and rare groove classics. “I discovered a world I was actually immersed in as a kid”. The world of his childhood, spent listening to his father’s LPs. Salsa, rumba, jazz, soul… Little Sly was all ears, ready to soak up this wealth of musical knowledge. But something vital was missing: his mother, who died in 2007. Redemption.

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