Artist: Samuel Nja Kwa – Cameroon – France
The road and history of Jazz crosses the one of Slavery from the continent of Africa . It starts in Africa, developing different cultural nuances before the European invasion. A product of a creative mixes between Europe and the African traditional music on American ground, it is a symbolic expression of history. How can we evaluate the African musical culture once it has been deported? A victim of a violent invasion, how can it be recreated and renewed with the European and the American influences? How has it given birth to Jazz? Are there still traces of Africa in the Jazz of today?
Born in Paris, 1964, grew up between Douala (Cameroon), Paris (France) and Montreal (Canada). In 1996, returning from a travel in Japan he proposes his first exhibition “Visions of Japan”.
At the same time, he launches Le Disque Africain Magazine with friends and meets many African and Jazz musicians, whom he has photographed and interviewed. By choosing the portrait, he distinguishes himself with a very personal style.
His meeting with the African American pianist Randy Weston creates the catch. Samuel becomes more interested in African roots of Jazz.