Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Afel Bocoum and Alkibar: Tabital Pulaaku

Robin Denselow reviews "Tabital Pulaaku"

Bocoum is a charming, easygoing man and he uses his songs to express his views on anything from the dangers of illegal immigration to Europe to the treatment of Mali's Peul people, the continuing power of voodoo, or the liberal trends in African Islam ("We thanks God today because girls are permitted to wear the long-forbidden skirt"). This is an album on which the lyrics are as important as the music.

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