Tamani master Baba Sissoko and producer DJ Khalab share the visuals for "Bognya," from their joint album on Wonderwheel Recordings.
<p>Malian musician & vocalist <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Baba-Sissoko-311449682252552/" target="_blank">Baba Sissoko</a></strong> is known as a master of the talking drums, or, <em>tamani</em>. In “Bognya” he joins forces with Italian producer <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/djkhalab/" target="_blank">DJ Khalab</a></strong> for a track that blends the sounds of Amadran—an entrancing musical structure found in Malian music—with stuttering electronic beatwork and touches of heavy bass.</p><p>The accompanying music video for “Bognya,” directed by <strong>Federico Zanghì</strong>, projects images of crowds & soldiers onto bodies on a beach at night. It’s released in partnership with the <a href="https://www.change.org/p/europasenzamuri" target="_blank">#EuropaSenzaMuri</a> (#EuropeWithoutWalls) initiative, which aims to influence foreign policy in order to help refugees seeking asylum in Europe.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p>“‘Bognya’ is a song about meeting, and the meeting of different music—electronic & traditional Malian music,” writes DJ Khalab in an e-mail to Okayafrica. “In the lyrics, Baba says that a meeting ‘is the key of the world’ and each single time a man meets another man they ‘open a door’ in the world. But the meeting needs to be real to generate good energy, like the one between myself & Baba Sissoko.”</p><p>Watch our premiere of “Bognya” below and grab the <a href="https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/khalab-baba" target="_blank">10-track <em>Khalab & Baba</em> album</a>, available in digital & vinyl formats from <strong><a href="http://www.wonderwheelrecordings.com/" target="_blank">Wonderwheel Recordings</a></strong>.</p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6977d1d43197ec7e04ee37aeb436ef14"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bgmgXZ_iOyc?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p><p><iframe height="150" seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1349721831/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=7137dc/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; width: 350px; height: 786px;" width="300"><a href="http://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/khalab-baba">Khalab &amp; Baba by DJ Khalab &amp; Baba Sissoko</a></iframe></p>
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