Leila Gobi: 2017 (Clermont Music, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Leila Gobi: 2017

Second domestically released album from Malian singer Leila Gobi, with lyrics sung in Songhoy, Tamasheq, and French (on “Les Enfants”). Generally pretty easygoing but still energetic and sophisticated, with basic instrumentation enhanced by electronic beats and synths, sounding polished but still earthy. The songs generally have positive, sometimes celebratory messages — “An Nia” advises to be alert and not waste time, “Tibo Gadeina” and “Eh Khanzam” are both related to the seasons, and “Wai Hidjou” is a wedding song. That as well as “Mi Manda” have nice, trippy half time rhythms, and “Mi Manda” is maybe the most upbeat, dancey song here. An incredibly lovely release which should be enjoyed by all.

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