With the growing success of African music on the international scene in the late 80s, photographer Agnès Bartoll has wanted to offer these artists exposure. These portraits are a reflection of the colorful atmosphere and rhythm of their music, few painters inspired by those musics have made painted canvas. I have painted eight large paintings that were presented at the Pompidou Centre in 1989, and exhibited in the Africolor festival in 1990 and 1991.