'Agreement', the Fourth Track From 'Being' is Out Now

Baaba’s new single Agreement is available to stream everywhere now. “Agreement is about the relationships you make in your...

Baaba Maal Plays The Barbican For The First Time In 20 Years Next May!

Baaba and his extraordinary band will be performing at the Barbican in London, the first time in 20 years...

Baaba Maal Announces Forthcoming Album, 'Being' With New Single, 'Yerimayo Celebration'

Baaba’s new single Yerimayo Celebration is available to stream everywhere now. Yerimayo Celebration is an introduction to a collection...

Baaba Maal Attends The Los Angeles Premiere Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Baaba Maal was there on October 26th at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther; Wakanda Forever with friends, family and fellow travellers....

Baaba Maal At ComicCon: The Voice Of Wakanda

Being forever; The Voice of Wakanda Baaba Maal thrilled to be leading the way with Massamba Diop, drums and...
Discography, Releases
'Agreement', the Fourth Track From 'Being' is Out Now
Live Gigs, Music, Travel
Baaba Maal Plays The Barbican For The First Time In 20 Years Next May!
Discography, Releases
Baaba Maal Announces Forthcoming Album, 'Being' With New Single, 'Yerimayo Celebration'
Films
Baaba Maal Attends The Los Angeles Premiere Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Films, Live Gigs
Baaba Maal At ComicCon: The Voice Of Wakanda

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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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‘Agreement’, the Fourth Track From ‘Being’ is Out NowFeatured

Baaba’s new single Agreement is available to stream everywhere now.

Agreement is about the relationships you make in your life, whether they are with friends, musicians, neighbours, people you love. When you say to people, we are going on this journey through life together, through good times and bad, you should be very sure that you mean it. It’s based on a proverb from my community – to say no at the beginning to the idea that we will always be together is much stronger and more noble that beginning a relationship and then cutting it short later, maybe forty years later. Be mature enough to take seriously an agreement you make with someone about the future, about your souls being connected.”

The hypnotic track features Barou Sall, a Hoddu master and long time Baaba Maal collaborator. The Hoddu is a traditional Senegalese instrument which prefigures the banjo, and accompanies Baaba’s pure, searching vocal, backed by Mamadou Sarr’s delicate percussion.

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Listen to the new single, ‘Agreement’

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Save the new single ‘Agreement’ to your playlist and get access to an exclusive first listen of ‘Casamance Nights’, track number 7 from the forthcoming album, ‘Being’. Once saved to your playlist the link below will redirect you to the preview.

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Baaba Maal’s daring and dazzling new album, ‘Being’, will be released on March 31st, 2023.

The record is a powerful continuation of his pioneering, transcendent work over the last forty years, blending the ancient and the modern, the acoustic and the electronic. Extending his productive partnership with producer and multi-instrumentalist Johan Karlberg (Self Esteem, The Very Best, Santigold), his first album since 2016’s The Traveller, Being was recorded in Brooklyn, London and Senegal. On ‘Being’, there are seven songs shimmering in exquisitely clashing equilibrium between dirty thorny desert blues and intangible electro-spirituals, between uplifting chants and trance-like freak outs. They are about generational debts and conflicts, rivers, watching people, seeing new generations of Africans make themselves felt, the impact of technology, remembering dreams, the magic of place, the strangeness of time, the feeling of home, the stars above, and the rhythms inside and out.

Tracklist:

  1. Yerimayo Celebration
  2. Freak Out Ft. The Very Best
  3. Ndungu Ruumi
  4. Agreement
  5. Boboyillo Ft. Rougi
  6. Mbeda Wella Ft. Paco Lenol
  7. Casamance Nights

“Each song of this album has its own personality. A song is like a person. It has a life, name, a character, and it has a position in life. I think that’s what makes this album so powerful – it is totally about now and where I am now, the dreams I have of the past and the future.”

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Buy ‘Being’ – Out March 23rd, 2023

Register Your Interest In The Being NFT

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Baaba Maal Plays The Barbican For The First Time In 20 Years Next May!

Baaba and his extraordinary band will be performing at the Barbican in London, the first time in 20 years at the venue, on May 30th, 2023. He will be performing his definitive tracks and music from his forthcoming album, Being. He’ll be bringing a guest to open the show with him, which will be revealed at a later date.

The general sale for tickets opens on Friday 09.12 at 10am (GMT), and tickets are available from The Barbican’s website.

 

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Press Quotes

worship at the feet of a true master.
– The Telegraph

Maal’s progressive outlook on music performance certainly warrants his booking at any of the best venues in the country.
– The Independent

Contemporary electronics and West African guitar music combine to thrilling effect with Baaba Maal’s output.

– Evening Standard

An often emotional reminder of Maal’s lengthy career and acoustic roots.
– Guardian

A rich performance was bolstered by abundant musicians, dancers and audience members.
– Financial Times

 

 

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Baaba Maal Returns To Blues Du Fleuve Festival In 2022!

Taking place in Podor, Senegal, from the 5th of December 2022. Baaba will be returning to the Blues Du Flueuve festival along with his band and will be bringing a variety of special guests. The Blues Du Fleuve is primarily a music event but also features art, fashion and artisanal crafts, as well as discussions and booths relating to local cultural issues and climate change.

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Baaba Maal Announces Forthcoming Album, ‘Being’ With New Single, ‘Yerimayo Celebration’

Baaba’s new single Yerimayo Celebration is available to stream everywhere now. Yerimayo Celebration is an introduction to a collection of songs that sees Baaba calling for people to both honour tradition and deal with new technology as they face up to a rapidly changing, challenging world.  Featuring regular collaborators including Cheikh Ndoye on bass ngoni and Momadou Sarr on percussion, it is a glorious, positive percussion-heavy celebration of music and how in troubled times it can open the mind and hearts and fight cynicism and chaos. The song celebrates the culture of the fisherman and their communities. The fishermen are the care takers of the waters and also the connection between the people and the spirit of the water.

Listen

Listen to the new single, ‘Yerimayo Celebration’

Baaba Maal’s daring and dazzling new album, ‘Being’, will be released on March 31st, 2023.

The record is a powerful continuation of his pioneering, transcendent work over the last forty years, blending the ancient and the modern, the acoustic and the electronic. Extending his productive partnership with producer and multi-instrumentalist Johan Karlberg (Self Esteem, The Very Best, Santigold), his first album since 2016’s The Traveller, Being was recorded in Brooklyn, London and Senegal. On ‘Being’, there are seven songs shimmering in exquisitely clashing equilibrium between dirty thorny desert blues and intangible electro-spirituals, between uplifting chants and trance-like freak outs. They are about generational debts and conflicts, rivers, watching people, seeing new generations of Africans make themselves felt, the impact of technology, remembering dreams, the magic of place, the strangeness of time, the feeling of home, the stars above, and the rhythms inside and out.

Tracklist:

  1. Yerimayo Celebration
  2. Freak Out Ft. The Very Best
  3. Ndungu Ruumi
  4. Agreement
  5. Boboyillo Ft. Rougi
  6. Mbeda Wella Ft. Paco Lenol
  7. Casamance Nights

“Each song of this album has its own personality. A song is like a person. It has a life, name, a character, and it has a position in life. I think that’s what makes this album so powerful – it is totally about now and where I am now, the dreams I have of the past and the future.”

Baaba Maal

On May 30th, 2023, Baaba and his band will also be performing at The Barbican in London, his first appearance at the venue in 20 years. 

General ticket sale is live now: TICKETS

Buy The Forthcoming Album, ‘Being’

Buy ‘Being’ – Out March 23rd, 2023

Register Your Interest In The Being NFT

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Baaba Maal Attends The Los Angeles Premiere Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

baaba maal black panther wakanda forever premiere

Baaba Maal was there on October 26th at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther; Wakanda Forever with friends, family and fellow travellers. Baaba once again works with soundtrack composer Ludwig Göransson to help create the sound of Wakanda; one Africa colliding spectacularly with another, imagining a different kind of future.

Experience Black Panther; Wakanda Forever in cinemas from 11.11.22.

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Baaba Maal At ComicCon: The Voice Of Wakanda

Being forever; The Voice of Wakanda Baaba Maal thrilled to be leading the way with Massamba Diop, drums and dancing before the spectacular first glimpse of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” in Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Baaba was invited to celebrate the announcement of the new Marvel Studios Black Panther film: Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler. The film is due for release November 2022.
Watch Baaba’s performance back below.

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NANN-K foundation instagram launched

Baaba Maal launched NANN-K to help end the impact of desertification in the Sahel Region of Africa as well as to support the sustainable use of natural resources including renewable energy and low impact farming. NANN-K helps local communities restore their land including through planting trees and natural regeneration. You can now follow our progress on our very own Instagram account – Click here to follow us

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Baaba Land Ambassador Update

UNCCD Land Ambassador and renowned singer Baaba Maal returned to his native Senegal in December to headline the annual Blues de Fleuve festival and make a contribution to the global sustainable development through agriculture. His non-profit organization NANN-K works to bring to life his vision of helping rural people in Senegal to set up their own sustainable agricultural businesses, with secured public and private financing.
The name “NANN-K” in Pulaar language spells out the initial letters of the five crucial elements that the organization addresses: agriculture, fishing, livestock farming, culture and technology access. While in Podor, Baaba Maal visited the irrigation programme implemented by NANN-K to support local farming and create work opportunities for thousands of people in construction, harvesting, processing and shipping. In the future, the organization will focus on projects related to commercial fishing, modernization of agrotechnologies and preventing desertification.

To inspire environmental movement against desertification that spares no continent, Baaba Maal, in collaboration with another UNCCD Land Ambassador Ricky Kej, recently released the music video for the UNCCD official Land Anthem “Born from the Land.”

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Baaba planting trees

During the course of the Blues du Fleuve festival Baaba invited guests to see the newly created farmland on the edge of the Senegal River in Niaoule, to demonstrate how NANN-K projects can help grow local economies. He also visited four nearby towns around Podor to promote his #Africlean campaign. In Les Diawara, Diambo Diawbee, Dioundou Taredji and Diambo Soubalbe, he planted trees to promote agroforestry and raise awareness of the importance of trees to prevent desertification in the region.

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