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Kimi Djabate - Kanamalu

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Kanamalu covers themes ranging from political and social issues to emotions and the importance of family. In its formation were the feelings and thoughts that reflect my way of seeing and experiencing the world, family, my culture and my country.

Nho Sabá Sabá and Democraci Bunha speak of the need for unity among the people in order to create better governance of the country. Daly Manhe, Djarabi-lé and Kanu speak of a greater emotion that is love and the duality that exists between the joys and sufferings in that same love. As a griot I could not help paying homage in this work and I point out two in particular: to my mother (in Ululalu) and to my daughter (in Anhonté). In Saia I mourn the death of my father. In Kanamalu I stress the importance of being a griot and encourage other colleagues to be proud of their profession. In Samá I encourage my people to work harder; in Tonha Fó as a counselor I advise of the need for truth; and in Djanfá Manhe I give guidance to end envy because it only brings suffering and disintegration of families.

On his third album, Kimi Djabaté – singer, musician and composer from Guinea-Bissau – strengthens his place among the griots who keep alive and present the centuries-old Mandingo tradition of West Africa, always maintaining his distinctive voice and his own words to sing about important and topical issues. In Kanamalu – which follows the acclaimed Teriké (2005) and Karam (2009) – Kimi Djabaté asserts himself definitely as a griot but also as a songwriter who imbues the roots of the music of his ancestors with subtle influences from other music genres such as blues, gospel, soul and even Portuguese fado.