Music from France – Magma

Magma is a french progressive band founded 1969 in Paris . They sung their songs  in a constructed language, Kobaïan invented by the drummer Christian Vender.  In a 1977 interview with Vander and long-time Magma vocalist Klaus Blasquiz, Blasquiz said that Kobaïan is a “phonetic language made by elements of the Slavonic and Germanic languages to be able to express some things musically. The language has of course a content, but not word by word.”Vander himself has said that, “When I wrote, the sounds [of Kobaïan] came naturally with it – I didn’t intellectualise the process by saying “Ok, now I’m going to write some words in a particular language”, it was really sounds that were coming at the same time as the music.” The genre of their music has been called “Zheul”

Here is their song “Nono”

2 thoughts on “Music from France – Magma

  1. I’m a sucker for invented language. And I really enjoy the jazz fusion elements of their work. THanks for posting.

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