24 Ağustos 2009 Pazartesi

Afel Bocoum - Alkibar (1999)



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  1. Born in Niafunke in Northern Mali, Afel Bocoum is a virtuoso guitarist of the Sonrai country,where music is tinged by the desert and gets its rhythm from the great river Niger. He wasborn to a Peule mother and a Sonrai father, also a musician. Having followed agriculturalstudies, Afel has worked since 1978 as a farmer and agricultural adviser.His musical career began in 1968: at 13 years of age, Afel Bocoum joined his uncle AliFarka Toure, also from Niafunke, in his group Asco. Though he left the group in 1978,his collaboration with Ali Farka Toure has lasted some thirty years. In the 1980s, hefounded his own group, which he named Alkibar, meaning "Messenger of the greatriver" in Sonrai.Afel plays the guitar, composes and sings. Traditional violin and the diurkel (a one-stringed instrument) add their individual voices to calabashes and percussion, creatingan interwoven atmosphere of sounds that gently seizes the listener. The principalthemes of his songs are forced marriage, homage to characters from local history,odes to nature and work songs. It’s delightful to allow yourself to be rocked by thesemonotonous chants, slipping like noiseless canoes down the river.Afel Bocoum sings mainly in Sonrai, his mother tongue, but also in Tamashek, thelanguage of the Tuareg, and in Bambara. His songs evoke the evolution of Maliansociety, acknowledge women, forced marriage, and respect.In 1999, Afel produced his first album "ALKIBAR" (World Circuit).This album was recorded in Mali, during busy Ali Farka Toure (Niafunke) sessions. Afelbenefited from the mobile recording studio provided by Ali’s producer (Nick Gold).Afel wanted to make an album in the spirit of the man he affectionately called "theBoss". With the blessing of the latter, he developed a repertoire and a soft and hypnoticstyle unique to him. His playing of the njarka or njurkle (one string fiddle and lute),his six chord solos, his increasingly simple melodies, his inspiration that evokes theearth, his conviction that he gives the best of himself to each of his compositions... allthese elements are found on Afel’s first album, even if he had already revealed himselfon the cult album of his mentor (The Source). His style is accompanied by a certainroundness of sound. His playing is more serene, more confident and less tortured bythe meaning of life. Perhaps this is a generation difference.In 2002, Afel collaborated with the lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn, on the extremelypopular album "Mali Music". The gigs they played together were well received, especiallythe concert at the Barbican in London in June 2003. Damon also made a guest appearancebeside Afel on a larger stage at Roskilde in Denmark in front of 65,000 people..

  2. During 2004/2005, Afel & his group took part in the project "Desert Blues" in thecompany of Habib Koite & Tartit, the Tuareg women of Timbuktu. This project, expressiveof Malian ethnic diversity, travelled to the heart of the Sahara and to Sahel. The threegroups joined talents to offer an original repertoire, at the same time a mutual discoveryand illustrating the influence of the Sahara on the musical traditions of each of them.At the beginning of 2006, Afel recorded his second opus"Niger" in the studio of his bass player, Barou Diallo inBamako, in collaboration with Daniel Boivin. With Niger,Afel takes us once again to the banks of the great riverbeside Niafunke, to one of the sources of the Blues... Thetheme of the songs is, in addition to the river and itssurroundings, respect for women, the values of Maliansociety, and politics. In this opus, Afel truly assumes themusical heritage of his uncle, Ali Farka Toure.In spite of his growing success, Bocoum remains gentleand unassuming, modestly directing the energy thisrecognition brings him towards the welfare of his peopleand the inspiration they give to his music. In the dancingmelodies of the river and the palpitating rhythm of thehard desert wind, there is no doubt that the heritage of AliFarka Toure is in good hands. With remarkable subtletyand a sure talent, Afel Bocoum has proved that he is atrue "Messenger of the great river", and it’s certain hewill actively contribute to keeping Malian music at theforefront of the international scene.
    )....With Niger, he takes us once again to thebanks of the great river beside Niafunke,to one of the sources of the Blues...In this opus, Afel truly assumes the musicalheritage of his uncle, Ali Farka Toure"...