Born in Cameroon, Essouma Long is a griot of modern times. Specialist of African instruments (balafon, nkum, ngom…), he has a unique skill to the mvet, gourds and strings instrument, accompanied by the Central African rhythms. This ancient art, he learned from his grandfather, is practiced in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo Brazzaville. When Essouma plays and sings Bikutsi rhythm (“knock the ground with our feet”), he deploys an astonishing 6/8 pace, both swift and languid. One foot in tradition and the other in modernity, this expert in Bantu arts and orality, otherwise excellent singer on acoustic guitar, is also trained in theater and cinema. The influence of the tale is present in all his projects. This master of talking “nice and strong” was a 2005 finalist in the Grand International Storytelling in France. He received the Art Prize for lively scene in Montreal in 2014, the price Clouer le bec in Gamacherie festival of St. Norbert in 2013, the scenic Excellence Award awarded by Horizon North-South in 2014 in Montreal.