by Gustaff Besungu

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Shadows is an exploration of the stories of women and girls who mostly bear the brunt of headline stories, however their stories hardly make headline news


Shadows © Gustaff Besungu

Mfeh Nka Keh (Barombi - Where should I go)
Patterns in circles
Stories in lines
Everywhere I go
I see these shadows on the wall

Oh tell me
Oh show me

She leans on a shattered wall
Half light on her face
Mother, father, sister and brother
Lifeless on the floor
A painful tear on a tender face
Whose eyes have seen the worst of days,

From this place of emptiness
Is there a chance for hope to stay?

Msaada upo hapa (Swahili-Hope is here)


released August 17, 2012
My Mother- Jacobine Ndiba,
Women tirelessly working for a better world

Gustaff Besungu-Lyrics, Vocals, Djembe, Percussion, Arrangements
Ron Kauvon- Producer, Vocals,Piano, Arrangements
Kajessa-Vocals, smiles and hugs in studio
Michael Gannon- Acoustic and slide guitars
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Rezin
Sophia Neghesti- Photography for Cover Art
Neha Chopra-Graphic design Cover Art

Special Thanks:
Besungu, Ndiba family for not pressuring me to get a “Real job”
Afshin Toufighian
Ali Youssefi
Atissa and Daria Majzoubi
Catalina Cecchi
Diele and Rob Davis
Fareed Osman
Mary Wylie
May and Vahid N’Dobe
Shamim Kazemi
All those who supported, prayed and sent good thoughts for my recovery,
The kind folks who let me crash on their couches, and
Especially the Fans, you make this “work” worth it



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Gustaff Besungu Key West, Florida

Gustaff Besungu is a singer-song creator, performer, Djembe player and author who hails from a lineage of drum players from Cameroon-West Central Africa. He brings to life a unique blend of traditional rhythms with music from around the world. He has performed with musical groups in Cameroon, Israel and U.S.A. His uplifting voice and captivating spirit is a joyous experience. ... more

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