of Koko Dembélé - Fantastic prolongation of the
“Yèrèdon” is the title of the new album
of Koko Dembélé,
the undisputed leader of the Rasta movement in Mali. A sumptuous work
recorded at the studio JBZ of Abidjan. Original and fantastic prolongation
of the beautiful saga of the reggae man who has an atypical trip,
yèrèdon is an album of 10 tracks. Défenses, Wele,
Saraka, Ismalo, Sinibé, Boitoun, and Hansoulou… are irresistible
tracks that can cut your breath on a dance floor. The album releasing
is planned for the feasts of the end of the year will be put on sale
by Malik7 SA. Before, the passionate of engaged lyrics and beautiful
melodies will have the occasion to taste the opus on the radio.
“Yèrèdon” is in the same register of "Baguinée"
and "Tendero", the two first albums of the author and come
to revive his promising career. The immeasurable talent of the child
of the Malian Venice makes of him dignified heir of Bob Marley. Koko
Dembélé was born in 1954 in Mopti, a town situated
at 675 km from Bamako, capital of Mali. The Bobo child was rocked
in the Fulani, Dogônô and bozo culture, the great number
of his influences can justify his engagement.
As coming from a griot family,
it was difficult for "Igofrey" to take another way in life.
His father was an excellent percussionist and exercised the familial
profession of shoemaker and used to animate the traditional feast
of the village. His wife always accompanied him with her melodious
voice. They were the stars of the traditional ceremonies of christening,
circumcision, of wedding or rejoicing ceremonies for fructuous harvests.
Koko already loved music and was always present when his parents were
animating. So it’s in this ambiance that he began at the age
of seven to play percussion near his father.
By accompanying his father, he discovered towns like Bandiagara (capital
of the Dogon country) and historical cities such as Gao, Djenné
and Timbuktu. “With my parents, I’ve learned the oral
tradition, the history of the griots,
and their role in the African society. The griots
are the counsellors of the kings or princes and, today, of the presidents.
They are philosophers, ambassadors, and master of the word, guardians
of the traditions, social and cultural animators, musicians or masters
of ceremonies” he recited to prove that he intended a good
From 1961 to 1969, he intended the primary school of Mopti before
the one of Bandiagara. After his failure at the first exams, he chose
a musical career. And from 1976 to 1986, after ten years of work and
researches, Koko became the solo guitar player of the famous orchestra
of Mopti: The Kanaga; a regional band
that became a national band under the direction of Sory
Bamba who taught a lot to our Rasta man. The star distinguished
himself at that time with successful interpretations of Bob
Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning
Spear, etc. his voice attracted masses of people. This allowed
him to impose himself quickly as the main singer of the formation.
In 1982, The Kanaga took part in the
festival of the Zone II in Dakar where 12 countries of Africa were
invited. That was the beginning of a fantastic musical adventure that
led him towards new horizons. Thus, the band was invited at the “festival
métisse d' Angoulême (France)” were they met several
other bands of the world. In 1993, Koko
Dembélé composed and sang “amagni”,
a song denouncing lies, robbery, and corruption and exhorting the
men of every country to become dignified and good.
In the meantime, Koko went to Abidjan to begin a solo career. At that
time, the region was the reckoned platform of the African showbiz.
There he met the genius, Boncana
The Rasta guitar player and virtuoso of percussion then had the privilege
to work with the maestro. Their collaboration led in 1993 to "Baguinée"
with the track Amagni. This first work had a huge success out of the
continent and especially in Brazil where it was sold like hot cakes.
That was the beginning of the international notoriety. In April 1997,
Koko is the fourth distinguished guest after Nelson Mandela, Michael
Jackson and Paul Simon at the 18e festival of Olodum. And five months
after, in September 1997, Koko is re-invited by the "Baianos"
(inhabitant of BAHIA). The success is total. The artist is at the
top of all the Hits parades of his country.
This phenomenal success allowed him an international opening and he
released a new album called "Tendoro". The success is immediate
because no one could stay indifferent to tracks such as Rasta man,
Tendoro, N'Sirana Malo, Fugnèba… he then undertook a
tour that led him to France, Germany and Switzerland.
After his return from Europe, he undertook a sub regional tour in
all the principal towns of Ivory Coast and Mali. In Mali, he stayed
at the top of the hit parades during two years. After this success,
the artist vanished for a moment to prepare his new album. The result
is beyond the expectations because Koko did his best on this one and
it will surely seduce and conquer the rare souls that were until now
indifferent to his talent. “Yèrèdon” is
above all the gift for the end of the year that Mali K7 offers to
the music lovers.
one of the most beautiful voices of the Senegalese music is back with
his new album "Orientissimo". It’s an album of 14
tracks produced by Syllart production africando with oriental music
perfume. Recorded between Badras (India), Cairo (Egypt), Paris (France)
and Dakar (Senegal), this album is a musical master piece and the
first experience of cultural inter-penetration ORIENT/AFRICA (at the
south of the Sahara). The recording was made from 2000 to 2002. For
the time being, 6 tracks will be available on tape and the CD will
be available in March 2004.
to the rumours, “the strong man of the regime” Yéli
Fuzzo won’t be in Bamako for the end of the year. In all
probability, he is preparing with his staff some showcases in the
USA that will allow him to have his place in music in the country
of Uncle Sam.
the Fulani child is pursuing his studies in the cold in Paris. The
young Malian shepherd is fine. Good luck to him.