If you have ever heard Etienne Mbappé playing the bass, you willremember two things: his phenomenal technique and that he playswearing black silk gloves. Mbappé is regarded as one of the world'sbest bassists. It's no wonder that he regularly shares the stagewith legendary artists. He has toured with Steps Ahead since 2007.In 2010, he will be joining The 4th Dimension, the band of JohnMcLaughlin. Early in his career, Mbappé often played with theZawinul Syndicate, Salif Keita and the Orchèstre National de Jazz(ONJ) conducted by Atoine Hervé. Mbappé comes from Cameroon and hismusic is a special mix of rhythms from Cameroon (Makossa, Bolobo,and Sékélé) and modern rhythms. He also sings in Douala, one ofCameroon's many languages. Both the solos and arrangements are ofoutstanding quality as proved on his albums Misiya (2005) and Su LaTaké (2008).