After years of working on projects led by others (Stromae, Alpha Blondy, Mc Solaar), Noumoucounda can now enjoy the role of creative host. This album includes collaborations with Daara J Family and Positive Black Soul, but also traditional griots such as Djiby Dramé, Daba Seye, Mamy Kanouté, and Goundo Cissokho. The album is produced and arranged by Fred Hirschy, and includes lyrical collaborations penned by Xuman, Ndongo D, and Keyti. It is a mature work, underlining complex and serious themes. An urban griot who cut his teeth in the world of modern music, he speaks of development and progress but also touches upon education and African women’s rights.
This album is an honest and holistic representation of Noumoucounda at his finest. Set in his studio in Dakar, surrounded by his family and inner circle, he expresses himself in a way that is entirely authentic, earnest. True to the urban griot who birthed it, his sound bears the trappings of the modern world and of hip-hop, while ringing with the strength, maturity and depth of centuries of Mandinka tradition.
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