Travelling Light - Baaba Maal in a rare solo performance

Book tickets now to get rare access to an intimate show with Baaba Maal. Baaba will be performing solo...

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Travelling Light - Baaba Maal in a rare solo performance
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The singer and guitarist belongs to the semi-nomadic Fulani people. He first left his homeland of Fouta, in northern Senegal to perform music hundreds of miles away as a teenage boy scout and he has been a wanderer ever since. “It’s part of my culture,” he says. “The songs travel from village to village, from country to country. It’s something natural to my tribe and this part of Africa.”

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The Traveller – available nowFeatured

Baaba’s new album is a blend of African roots and more contemporary electronic influences all beautifully woven together at varying tempos, and carrying different messages for the listener.

‘The Traveller’ opens with the raucous Fulani Rock, underpinned by dark throbbing drums, intricate guitars and Baaba Maal’s distinctive vocal soaring overhead, carrying messages for his people: ‘Language is a weapon. I’m not using it to destroy but to build bridges and bring people together. I am a messenger of the people so everyone’s voice can be heard.

Other standout tracks are the beautiful ‘One Day’ and ‘Gilli Men’, both resplendent with glistening guitars, velvet-sounding tom-toms, soft strings and Baaba Maal’s voice gently echoing against a backdrop of rapturous, layered backing vocals, which tell us to both ‘Pursue your own excellence,’ and ‘Feed your soul’.  Unsurprisingly, for an artist who uses music as a medium to spread important messages to his people and beyond, the album closes with two songs  ‘War’ and ‘Peace.’  Both feature powerful spoken word poetry by Lemn Sissay, official poet of the 2012 Olympics and recently appointed Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Track listing

1. Fulani Rock
2. Gilli Men
3. One Day
4. Kalaajo
5. Lampenda
6. Traveller
7. Jam Jam
8. War
9. Peace

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Press Quotes

Maal’s voice continue to hypnotise.
– Q

This will knock you halfway around the world.
– Q

A welcome return to form. 8/10
– Uncut

Maal’s journey’s back on track.
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A triumphant comeback.****
– Guardian

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Travelling Light – Baaba Maal in a rare solo performance

Book tickets now to get rare access to an intimate show with Baaba Maal.

Baaba will be performing solo – without his band the Daande Lenol or his group of travelling musicians. This pared down performance is bound to captivate with Baaba’s voice taking centre stage.

The first show will be at London’s Union Chapel on Thursday 26 April 2018. Be sure to reserve your  tickets soon as this event is likely to sell out quickly due to it’s very special format and nature.

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Nann-K

‘For years I have been discussing global sustainable development with many amazing organisations, including Oxfam and the UN,’ says Baaba Maal.

‘And now I have decided that this is the time for me to create a means to help people to set up their own sustainable businesses.

‘This will be under the umbrella name of my organisation NANN-K.’

NANN-K will liaise between people who wish to progress in agriculture but are unaccustomed to dealing with the financial institutions who can further their plans. NANN-K will act as a gatekeeper, taking on the task of organizing funding, either from government loans or through commercial, private financing.

A Pulaar word, ‘NANN-K’ tellingly translates as the phrase ‘Listen to this.’ And in its original language spells out the initial letters of the five crucial elements with which it will be concerned: Agriculture; Fishing; Livestock Farming; Culture; and Technology Access.

The notion of NANN-K came to Baaba Maal in a midnight reverie.

But the project is far from being a dream.

The intention of NANN-K as an organisation is that it will support people from Senegal, Baaba Maal’s own country, and then throughout Africa, in developing a career in agriculture – through farming the land, raising animals, and fishing. All these are time-old rural pursuits but they have never been organised or brought into the 21st century, let alone combined with the latest digital thinking.

Thinking locally, acting globally, NANN-K was first started in the northern Senegalese region of Saint Louis and Podor. Purposefully targeting young people, it has organised start-up loans and developed apprentice schemes. NANN-K encourages the creation of
cooperative structures, allowing small family farms to remain independent whilst tapping into a larger support network.

NANN-K also interfaces with the Senegalese government: the NANN-Kk agricultural structure permits considerable opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between farmers and the government.

NANN-K was launched in Dakar on March 28th 2016, International Woman’s Day, with a concert by Baaba Maal. The date was chosen to honour the involvement of women in the development of business in Africa. There has since been a first anniversary show at Dakar’s Amadou Barry stadium.

On May 6 at Zenith in Paris there will be a Daande Lenol concert, featuring special guests, to launch the project to the African diaspora.

‘It is very important that the diaspora become involved,’ says Baaba Maal. ‘The diaspora are already trying to help in their own ways andNANN-K will assist them to do this by creating transparency and giving them opportunities to help the communities as a whole, not just individuals.

‘I intend to be the voice for the people in Africa’s rural communities: I want to offer them a chance to be part of the future development of Africa.’

 

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Charity

charity: water

Baaba Maal is proud to have partnered with charity: water to help bring clean water to communities in the developing world. You can contribute with the purchase of The Traveller, Baaba’s latest album. By buying it through charity: water, 100% of profits, after credit card fees, will go to help those in need.

As a bonus, you will also be able to exclusively stream Baaba’s 50min documentary and watch an interview where he talks about his passion for the project.

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Discography

Gilli Men – Official Music Video

The new video for ‘Gilli Men’, off Baaba’s new album – The Traveller – was directed by Nate Campion, who commissioned three artists to draw and sculpt Baaba Maal himself. Each had a day to make one piece of art, which was recorded and subsequently edited by Camponi. The video is interspersed with painted dancers, moving to the driving rhythms and drums of the song.

For information on Baaba’s latest album release The Traveller please click here.

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Baaba Maal’s new documentary

Capturing the spectacular sights and sounds of the Blues Du Fleuve cultural festival in northern Senegal, an annual event put together by the West African superstar Baaba Maal, The Traveller is a road trip for the senses, an exploration of cross-cultural discovery and the power of music.

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