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I spend most of my working time writing and recording for motion pictures, touring the world with electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre as well as producing production music tracks. It doesn't leave me much time to devote to other productions for singers and other recording artists. However, every once in a while, there comes a project I simply cannot not take on. To date, these have been for great artists from Africa, the Mongolian steppe, or the mountains in Tibet. Others are yet to be met.

Okna Tsahan Zam, a journey in the steppe

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"East-West fusion with a difference...done in a vastly better way than any other fusion with overtone singing that I've heard."
Geoff Burton (UK fRoots magazine)

"Shaman voices" stands out for its confidence in its traditional sources while bringing them into the contemporary world, as they say on the cover, it's a journey in the steppe, and an unforgettable one."
Simon Broughton (UK Songlines)


Okna Tsahan Zam, voice, dombra
Claude Samard, guitars, dombra, dobro, programming
Steve Shehan, Fab Driguès, percussions
Laurent Vernerey, bass
Peter Herbert, upright bass
Jean Musy, string arrangements
Epi, Oleg Mankuev, morin-khuur
Oleg Mankuev, khoutchir
Nadbid Mandjiev, limba (flute)
Merguen Natsinov, violin
Elza Sarangova, djinguenuur (cymbalum)
Viktor Pitkeev, Bavaush, dombra
Viatcheslav Kenzeev, dombra alto
Alexandre Badma-Goriaev, accordion
Rosa Bousakova, chanze
Snooze, drum programming on "Davour"

Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Claude SAMARD-POLIKAR at Studio 124
Other recordings at Pigalle Sound, Safar Studios, Bleep Studio (Paris)
Elista (Kalykia)
Ulan Bator (Mongolia)
Engineers: Jean-Marie Knapp, Seb, Christian Lieu, Yann Arnaud @ C. Samard
Mastering at Dyam by Raphaël Jonin

Lulendo, Soul of Africa

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Nuts about both traditional and electronic music, and singing in four different languages, this gifted likembe player shares his deep and undying love for his country - Angola - with his audience. Initially discovered by Yannick Noah and Bebel Gilberto and acclaimed big time after his first tour in Angola playing alongside Manu Dibango, Lulendo's appeal not only lies in the originality and charm of his music but also in the clarity and gentleness of his voice.

'Soul of Africa', his third studio album only just released by Vox Terrae, is a glowing tribute to his ancestors, as well as transmitting a message of wisdom that embraces the future with boundless optimism. This album is a real artistic U turn, a return to origins as well as flicking the spotlight onto his diverse cultural heritage. Compiled in strict collaboration with his friend, guitar player and arranger Claude Samard, and enriched with instruments conceived over the last 2 years such as electro-acoustic likembes and a harp designed and made with the help of stringed-instrument maker Bernard Prunier, 'Soul of Africa' is a delicious treat to be shared amongst friends in the shade provided by masses of bougainvilleas or a pergola of passion flowers - a real summertime must-hear!


Lulendo, electro-acoustic likembé
Claude Samard, guitars, bass, percussions, programming, gimbri, keyboards
Fabrice Drigues, percussions
Jacky Fourniret, accordeon
Zeco Mauricio, cavaquihno
Shana Saint Ceran & Cathy Renoir, backing vocals
Isaia, backing vocals

Produced by Claude Samard for Vox Terrae
Isabelle Vaudey: Executive producer & Artistic Direction
Recorded at Studio 124-Paris-France by Claude Samard-Polikar
Mix & Mastering  at Jack's Home Studio Versailles-France by Pierre Jacquot