Martin Meissonnier

Martin Meissonnier

Real Name:
Martin Meissonnier
Profile:
Journalist, producer, director and composer, formerly a journalist for Libération, has specialised in discovering new types of music.

In the 1970s he organised the concerts of numerous jazz musicians such as Don Cherry, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Lee Hooker and Dizzy Gillespie.

In the early 1980s, he became the producer of a number of African singers including Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Salif Keita, Ray Lema, Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango and Wasis Diop, helping them to launch international careers.

In 1986, he organised the first raï festival in Bobigny, opening the borders of France to Arabic music. He produced Khaled's first album with Safy Boutella, co-composed two albums with Amina, then produced Arthur H's first album and an album for Alan Stivell.

In 1989 he directed Megamix for la Sept on France 3 and then Arte, a music magazine which ran for six years with over 220 broadcasts.

In 1992, he was advisor to Philippe Decouflé and composed a large part of the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville.

Between 1994 and 2000 he directed numerous documentary films for Arte and Canal Plus, including several programmes about the Internet and numeric art, rap, and the techno movement.

In 2001 his book about depleted uranium entitled "Uranium appauvri: la guerre invisible" was published by Robert Laffont.
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Martin Meissonnier Discography

Instruments & Performance

ILPS 19712 King Sunny Ade & His African Beats King Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Juju Music (Album) SAR ILPS 19712 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
205 546 King Sunny Adé And His African Beats* King Sunny Adé And His African Beats* - Synchro System (Album) Mango 205 546 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
881 687-1 Manu Dibango Manu Dibango - Abele Dance (Maxi) Polydor 881 687-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
2402331 Alpha Blondy Alpha Blondy - Cocody Rock!!! (Album) Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI 2402331 France 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 705 Manu Dibango Abele Dance ('85 Remix) Manu Dibango - Pata Piya (Full Length Extended Version) Celluloid, Streetwave CEL 705 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 66771_2, 66771-2 Ray Lema Ray Lema - Medecine (Album) Celluloid CEL 66771_2, 66771-2 France 1985 Sell This Version
VDR-1382 Yasuaki Shimizu Yasuaki Shimizu - Subliminal (Album) Invitation VDR-1382 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
838 609-1 Amina Amina - Yalil (Album) Philips 838 609-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
STRUTLP 013 Various Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental) Various - Nigeria 70 "The Definitive Story Of 1970's Funky Lagos" (Comp) Strut STRUTLP 013 UK 2001 Sell This Version
7243 8112 3621, none Various Various - Big Men - Raï Meets Reggae(CD, Album) Virgin, Tabou 1 7243 8112 3621, none France 2001 Sell This Version
GP005 Aziz Sahmaoui Kahina and 2 more… Aziz Sahmaoui - University Of Gnawa(CD, Album) General Pattern GP005 France 2011 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

881 687-1 Manu Dibango Manu Dibango - Abele Dance (Maxi) Polydor 881 687-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 705 Manu Dibango Abele Dance ('85 Remix) (as M. Meissonnier) Manu Dibango - Pata Piya (Full Length Extended Version) Celluloid, Streetwave CEL 705 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CELCD6110 Various Abele Dance (as M. Meissonnier) Various - New Africa (Comp, Album) Celluloid CELCD6110 US 1985 Sell This Version
VDR-1382 Yasuaki Shimizu Yasuaki Shimizu - Subliminal (Album) Invitation VDR-1382 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
NS 5501 Shango Shango - U Don't Have To Be A Star(12", Maxi) Nova Scratch NS 5501 France 1987 Sell This Version
B.C. 33-2136-43 Various Abele Dance (as M. Meissonnier) and 1 more… Various - Ethno Beats (Rhythms... From The Jungle And The Desert To The Dance Floor...)(2xLP, Comp, Gat) BCM Records B.C. 33-2136-43 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
838 609-1 Amina Belly Dance (as M. Meissonnier) and 3 more… Amina - Yalil (Album) Philips 838 609-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
874 432-7 Amina Amina - Belly Dance (Single, Maxi) Philips 874 432-7 France 1989 Sell This Version
864 334-2 Amina Amina - Atamé(CD, Single, Car) Philips 864 334-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
740464-2 Various Abele Dance (as Martin Meissoniier) Various - Club Wave 2(2xCD, Comp) ARS Productions 740464-2 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8112 3621, none Various Various - Big Men - Raï Meets Reggae(CD, Album) Virgin, Tabou 1 7243 8112 3621, none France 2001 Sell This Version
CD LI 01 43 Various Artificial Tears Various - Une Rentrée 2001 - Musiques(CD, Comp) Les Inrockuptibles CD LI 01 43 France 2001 Sell This Version
541416502368 Various Abele Dance (as Meissonier) Various - Poplife™ Presents Poplife Sucks(CD, Mixed, Comp) 541, N.E.W.S. 541416502368 Belgium 2008 Sell This Version
STRUT102CD Various Abele Dance ('85 Remix) Various - Change The Beat (The Celluloid Records Story 1979 - 1987) (Comp) Strut, Celluloid STRUT102CD UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version