Jazz-Griot_smaller-300Cameroon born and raised saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Ribouem launched his musical career in the 80s, playing in nightclubs in the city of Douala, where he also worked as a sound engineer. He later performed concerts all around his home country and for more than two years shared the stage of the “Ebony Dream” with renowned jazz bassist Richard Bona. In the early 90s, Ribouem moved to Benin, West Africa, where he became involved in the local music scene and played with, among others, Lionel Loueké, who later worked with Herbie Hancock. Later, a Lebanese musician named Youssef Fares took him on a tour of neighboring countries, where Ribouem learned more about Arabian music, rhythms and harmonies; he subsequently moved to Lomé, the capital of the Togolese Republic (Togo), where he still lives.