Bokanté share new video from Real World duo session

Ahead of their upcoming tour in the UK and Europe, Bokanté have released a stripped-back version of 'Bòd Lanmè Pa Lwen' from their 2018 album What Heat, which was a collaboration with Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley.

Band members Michael League and Malika Tirolien visited Real World Studios a few months ago and reimagined two of the tracks from their second album as a duo, the first of which is now available. Malika’s impressive vocals take centre stage, with Michael League building a multi-layered rhythmic accompaniment.

In an interview for Real World, Michael League talked about the background to the track:

“This track is a hopeful tune about perseverance, action, and what can happen if we continue to struggle and push forward. Malika is singing about trudging through the desert and finding an oasis (‘We walked, we suffered/But we’ve stood firm and now we’ve arrived’), which is represented musically by a transition from down tempo blues to a heavy up-tempo thing with Moroccan-style percussion; Jamey [Haddad] toured with Berber groups and he loves putting a three feel over grooves in different time signatures. Knowing that made me write it into several songs on the record. The Metropole steams through high-speed linear figures that Malika cooked up. It’s stunning to hear an orchestra with such agility and groove.”

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Recorded and filmed in The Big Room at Real World Studios, featuring vocalist Malika Tirolien and multi-instrumentalist Michael League.

Bokanté have a run of dates across the UK, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland later this month, including a show at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Tickets are on sale now.

23 Jan STOCKHOLM, SE Nalen
24 Jan KRISTIANSAND, NO Kilden Performing Arts Centre
25 Jan SANDVIKA, NO Baerum Kulturhus
26 Jan ZURICH, CH Moods
27 Jan LIVERPOOL, UK Jakaranda Records Phase One
28 Jan MANCHESTER, UK Band on the Wall
29 Jan LEEDS, UK Brudenell Social Club
30 Jan BURY ST. EDMUNDS, UK The Apex
31 Jan BRISTOL, UK St. George’s
1 Feb LONDON, UK Ronnie Scott’s (first house now sold out)
2 Feb GLASGOW, UK Celtic Connections

Featured Release

  • What Heat

    Bokanté + Metropole Orkest (Conducted by Jules Buckley)

    Released 28 September 2018

    Bokanté traces the blues from its roots in Africa and the Arab world throughout the diaspora and into a modern context. Led by Michael League (Snarky Puppy), the album features Guadeloupean vocalist Malika Tirolien and is a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest and arranger/conductor Jules Buckley.

By Online Editor

Main image photo credit: York Tillyer.

Published on Fri, 11 January 19

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