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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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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

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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.

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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. 

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Buy ‘Being’ – Out March 23rd, 2023

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The Traveller – available now

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.
– Uncut

A triumphant comeback.****
– Guardian

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