Racines

Tiken Jah FakolySeptember 25, 2015
World℗ 2015 Barclay, un label Maison Barclay
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Songs
1
Is It Because I'm Black ? (feat. Ken Boothe)3:36
2
Get Up Stand Up (feat. U Roy)3:23
3
One Step Forward (feat. Max Romeo)3:34
4
Slavery Days4:09
5
Zimbabwe3:55
6
Fade Away (feat. Jah9)3:11
7
Brigadier Sabari4:06
8
Hills and Valleys4:25
9
Christopher Columbus3:31
10
Police and Thieves3:30
11
African3:47
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Additional Information

Genres
Total length
41:07
Tracks
11
Released
September 25, 2015
Label
℗ 2015 Barclay, un label Maison Barclay
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
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Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
A leading reggae artist from Francophone Africa, Tiken Jah Fakoly is also one of its most articulate and outspoken voices. Censure, persecution, and exile (he fled his native Ivory Coast for Mali after receiving death threats, and he also has been declared persona non grata by the government of Senegal), have never prevented "Fakoly" from telling things as they are. His incisive, confrontational style contrasts with the more metaphorical or allusive lyrics of previous generations of African artists, and brings his persona closer to that of Bob Marley -- clearly Fakoly's main influence, both musically and thematically. L'Africain is mostly concerned with the sad fortunes of the African peoples and their diaspora, and their everyday struggle against injustice and exploitation, be it at home by their own corrupt administrations, or in Europe by their past colonial masters and a society growing more and more intolerant of immigrants by the minute. A great example is his ironical version of Sting's "Englishman in New York," here transformed into "Africain à Paris," its new lyrics in French paint a very different and much harsher reality than the picturesque one of Sting's Briton in America. Other remarkable cuts include "Non à l'Excision," a moving plea against female genital mutilation, and "Ouvrez les Frontières," a call for the opening up of borders. Of course, its engaged discourse would not suffice to make this a good album if the music were not up to the task. Fortunately, this is where Fakoly truly excels: he is a superb reggae artist, one of the finest of his generation, in any language, able to seamlessly combine the sound and spirit of Marley's teachings with African instruments (kora, djembe, balafon) and contemporary concerns. In this sense, L'Africain is a treat even for those reggae fans who cannot understand French or are unconcerned by its politics (but then again, all true reggae fans should be). Produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby (whose credits include Ziggy Marley, Finley Quaye, and Del Amitri), featuring guests Soprano, Akon, and Beta Simon, as well as Zebda's Magyd Cherfi, who wrote part of the material, L'Africain is one of the best reggae releases of 2007, and a worthy addition to Tiken Jah Fakoly's exemplary catalog. [An Edition de Noel bonus CD version was also released.]
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