Jean-Baptiste Boussougou is a man embedded in his time and proud of his roots. Nurtured by his African legacy, by the jazz and improvised music codes and inspired by the Orient, he transcends all those influences when delivering his message. Jean-Baptiste explores all the richness of the sound matter, through a resolutely contemporary writing and enjoys diverting his instruments from their customary use and plays with his voice, as if it were an instrument just like any other... Sometimes profound, sometimes ethereal, his compositions tell about our times with a softness he claims, in a way that is never honeyed.
Jean-Baptiste Boussougou learned the tricks of the Double-Bass with Marc Buronfosse and Paul Imm. T hereafter he made memorable encounters with Miroslav Vitous, Hein van de Geijn, Renaud Garcia-Fons. Additionally, he has been practicing the traditional African instrument for many years. Meeting Kudsi Erguner, Master of the ney, proved to be decisive in discovery of the oud.
"I like meeting people", says he. "By means of my music, I multiply the occasions to reach out to others and to form bonds with the public as much as with other artists." For a number of years in France and especially on the French Riviera where he lives, Jean-Baptiste has been committing himself into rewarding collaborations with great musicians like Serge Pesce (customized guitar), Prabhu Edward (tabla), Khalid Khounen (tabla and oriental instruments), and Henri Roger (piano).
In dynamics of encounters and exchanges, he pursues projects with artists from other artistic backgrounds ; dance, theatre, fine arts and likes to share his passion for music with the younger ones.
Jean-Baptiste often performs in concerts and has recently released a new album : Mourim.