Baaba Maal, the Senegalese master-musician and cultural warrior, has an electrifying new sound and exhilarating live presentation.
The Traveller, his imminent album, Baaba’s eleventh, is scheduled for release in January 2016, a mixture of roots African sounds and cutting-edge western electro elements. Complementing the record Baaba has a tight new road-band, a trio, a departure from his previous larger line-ups, that will express the fresh sound, soulful truth and pulsating excitement of his latest innovative music.
A number of keynote headline concerts are scheduled. These include a performance in December 2015 at the Blues du Fleuve, the festival Baaba Maal has established in his home town of Podor, on the river Senegal.
The Traveller was recorded in London and Senegal; in making the record Baaba Maal has collaborated with Johan Hugo Karlberg from The Very Best. The Very Best’s two albums were genre-shattering, bright meshes of Afropop and electro; Karlberg has also worked with M.I.A, Coldplay, and Amadou and Marian, among many others.