Real World Records signs Bokanté for new album with Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley

Real World Records is excited to announce the signing of Bokanté, a US based band rich in the sound of delta and desert, and led by Snarky Puppy's Michael League.

The band’s second album, What Heat, will be released by the label on 29 September worldwide, 5 October (France/USA). It is a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley.

The word Bokanté means ‘exchange’ in Guadeloupean Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s childhood island. A highly appropriate name for a group of musicians from 5 countries (and 4 continents) whose cultural and musical identities converge in the music they create together. It’s music that traces the blues, from its roots in Africa and the Arab World, and throughout the diaspora, and places it firmly into a modern context.

Bokanté’s members have achieved great success in their own individual paths (with Paul Simon, Sting, Snarky Puppy, Yo-Yo Ma, etc.) and each musician’s personality shines through in songs that speak to the challenges and strengths of the complex socio-political environment in which we live. As a lyricist Tirolien paints beautiful imagery and tells stories that tackle issues head on. Exploring the reality of this very important —and potentially dangerous— moment in time, whilst still celebrating who we are and what we have in spite of everything.

On the new album, Bokanté have worked with Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest. Band member Michael League first worked with the orchestra on the Snarky Puppy album Sylva:

This is the first album we’ve made together since ‘Sylva’, and I believe it to be every bit as adventurous. The Metropole is a rarity in that it has the versatility and skill set to play across a wide variety of modern music styles with deep understanding. It opens up possibilities as an arranger that would not be available with other orchestras. Jules and I did our best to take full advantage of those possibilities in every way we could.

Featured album

  • 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. Band leader Michael League (Snarky Puppy) plays everything from oud, Minimoog and fretless acoustic bass to bendir, riq and daf frame drum. The album features Guadalupan vocalist Malika Tirolien and is a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest and arranger/conductor Jules Buckley.

By Online Editor

Published on Fri, 10 August 18

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