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MANJUL SOULETIE (Dub To Mali, Sugar Minott, African Brothers, Takana Zion, Azania Band, Danakil), multi instrumentalist, singer, mix engineer and producer, presents us a new album, fruit of the collaboration with the sound engineer FRANÇOIS FX VILAVERDE and drummer YVO ABADI!
The trio met in Bamako on the various projects of artists TIKEN JAH FAKOLY, AMADOU ET MARIAM or on the Paris-Bamako Festival. For the past fifteen years, they have rubbed shoulders with each other, in particular thanks to the late manager and director Marc Antoine Moreau who had made Bamako and the MANJUL studio one of his favorite places of creation in Africa. Beyond their common passion for reggae, the three artists have a sensitivity to music all their own. They are convinced of the therapeutic dimension of it, as much on the psychic, physical, social and spiritual level that it provides to those who do it, those who accompany it, distribute it or receive it. All three work in parallel for and in the company of many artists in the studio or live. This work is a testament to friendships and collaborations and brings together a large number of musicians, singers and singers from different backgrounds, musical expressions and generations.
Recorded in several studios between Paris, Mali, Jamaica and Réunion, this work brings together and expresses a wide spectrum of emotions and cultural particularities. So on this project, artists from the Indian Ocean islands, Comoros, Congo, Mali, Guyana, Jamaica and France come together on Reggae songs with Roots influences. Tinted with multiple musical influences evoking deep themes, it is about "a musical journey within and around everyone, motivated by the therapeutic power that" sound "represents for all that lives".
Beyond the purely musical dimension of the project, YVO ABADI, also a painter and draftsman, brings a plastic dimension to it since he creates the visual supports for the album. And if this album is a meticulously produced piece, it's because with the skills of their own, the trio has developed a very precise process of creation. The instrumental themes are proposed by MANJUL then arranged by YVO ABADI who brings all his rhythmic sensitivity to them. The directions and sound enhancements are supervised by FX VILAVERDE throughout the recording and mixing process in addition to his presence on keyboards, basses, trumpets, percussions and choirs. We also find the lead voice of MANJUL on 4 tracks in different languages and styles.
This project also includes its share of great collaborations since we find prestigious guests: CLINTON FEARON, CEDRIC MYTON, CORNELL CAMPBELL, BACO MOURCHID, TIKOK VELLAYE, VALERIE TRIBORD, JUPITER AND OKWESS and many others ... talented CYRIL ATEF, TARANTABABU, saxophonist RICO GAULTIER (Faya Horns Roots Heritage,…), trombonist DIDIER BOLAY (Tiken Jah Fakoly, Inna De Yard,…) and guitarists KUBIX (IJahman Levi,…) and HUGH VALOT (Alpha Blondy ,…) Set the pace. Also find AHMED FOFANA on kora and balafon (Lauryn Hill, Toumani Diabate,…) or even SHAKY NORMAN on melodica!
01 – Human Being
02 – From My Soul Ft. Cornell Campbell
03 – Long Time No See Ft. Clinton Fearon*
04 – Fo Nou Lèvé Ft. Valérie Tribord, Jupiter & Okwess, Cyril Atef, Kubix
05 – Set Me Free Ft. Cyril Atef, Baco Mourchid, & Cedric ‘Congo’ Myton
06 – Koulèr Ft. Tikok Vellaye
07 – The Lion and The Hunter Ft. Kubix Tarantababou & C. Laubé
08 – L’Homme Ft. Jupiter & Okwess / D.Bolay
09 – Somewhere to be Found
10 – Griotic Dub Ft. C. Laubé, Tarantababou & Ahmed Fofana
11 – Green Sunshine