Celebrated Malian songwriter and guitarist Afel Bocoum premieres ‘Dakamana’, the latest track to be taken from his upcoming album ‘Lindé’, released through World Circuit Records on 4th September. The song is a plea to his fellow Malians to come together, at a time when jihad, poverty and tribal war have brought the country to its knees. Afel Bocoum is among the last of a breakthrough generation of African musicians who cross-pollinated their own traditional music with the new sounds that arrived from all over the world throughout the 20th century.
Afel explains: “Malian culture doesn’t recognise divisive expressions such as: ‘northerner’, ‘southerner’, ‘black’ and ‘white’. Let’s just say ‘Malian’, full stop. Social cohesion is our social security.” To the gentle click of the calabash and the twang of the kamele n’goni (large ‘youth’ harp), the song ripples along, river-like, with the trombone of Skatalites veteran Vin Gordon floating on top, a brash and stylish riverboat.
Have a listen to the single below, and let us know what you think: