Afrodelic “Weleli” Press Review
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Afrodelic second single “Weleli” available now
A unique look into Malian life from the World music newcomer Afrodelic
Dreamy melancholy, bright and peaceful yet highly danceable Weleli, the second release by Afrodelic, carries the story of loss, crucial life decisions and paying a tribute to one’s roots. Transcending time, place and culture, the music video offers a very personal and emotional glance into Malian daily life.
An intriguing mix of African music and electronic rhythms, Afrodelic is an up-and-coming project by Victor Diawara. Victor embodies a unique cultural combination: born in Lithuania, raised in Mali, he spent his school years in Germany before permanently moving back to his place of birth in 1997. Having become a household name in Lithuania, Victor is a successful guitarist/producer and runs one of the country’s most important venues – art factory Loftas.
Weleli is the second single from the upcoming album Dusunkun Hakili (Memory of the Heart), due for release this summer, the story behind it marking the true beginning of the project.
Weleli has a very special meaning for me. I started working on this song on the weekend I received the news that my father had a stroke, back in 2018. I never got to see him again, but working on the song throughout the night I felt a certain connection with him, as if he was looking over me. That night in honor of my father I decided to revive this project I had been working on since 2009.
I called it Afrodelic.
Like every song by Afrodelic, Weleli features lyrics by Victor’s father, a well-known Malian writer and poet Gaoussou Diawara. Inspired by civil movements of the 60’s and written in Bambara, the national language of Mali, Gaoussou’s poem still rings true during times of distress.
Faso den anga wili
(Kids of the nation stand up)
Be ka wili ka niogon deme
(Everybody stand up and help each other)
The video features captivating images of raw emotions and unrestrained curiosity of kids playing, dancing or outright performing for a man with a camera who’s capturing their daily lives on the streets of Mali, giving the music an additional dimension of depth.
The second single “Weleli” is available on all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, iTunes), with the official video available on YouTube and IGTV.
Boris Kulenovic: Bass
Gediminas Maciulskis: Percussion
Afrodelic live video on Youtube
Boris Kulenovic: Bass
Gediminas Maciulskis: Percussion
Afrodelic confirmed for ESNS 2021 (Eurosonic)
Afrodelic to perform at Primavera Pro, Reeperbahn and Liverpool Sound City
Afrodelic have been confirmed to perform at 3 prestigious European showcase festivals: Primavera Pro, Reeperbahn and Liverpool Sound City.
All events will be broadcast online.
First Afrodelic Single out now!
African Sounds and Signs of the Time:
Mali and Lithuania’s Afrodelic Project Introduces New single and video clip
Victor Diawara, well-known performer from Lithuania, presents his song and video clip “Le temps est venu” (“The Time Has Come”) with his music project Afrodelic, which reflects the moods of today’s world and unpredictable times.
The track announces Afrodelic’s debut album Dusunkun Hakili (Memory of the Heart), due for release in 2021, featuring sounds recorded by musicians from several countries and even continents.
The musician, who is half Lithuanian and Malian, pays tribute to his African roots with this project. Afrodelic’s album features poems written by Victor’s father, the famous Mali writer and poet Gaoussou Diawara.
This famous African writer, who passed away in 2018, has created works in many different genres, from poems to novels and plays for the theatre. Gaoussou Diawara was a professor at the University of Mali, president of the Writers ’Union of Mali and the Mali International Theatre Center, honored with the French Order of Merit for Culture and the UNESCO Prize for Poetry.
Victor Diawara, who has visited Mali more than once in the last decade, has recorded many of the songs on Afrodelic’s album in Bamako, the country’s capital, along with local musicians and singers.
These recordings were later mixed with electronic rhythms and completed in Vilnius, with the help of French musician Boris Kulenovic and producer Adas Gecevičius (a well-known Lithuanian jazz musician).
Although it was not planned, the work of Afrodelic presented on the Internet reflects the moods and current events of today’s world.
The lyrics of the song, written in French and English, tell of the brotherhood of the people, equality, and the time to tear down borders. The lyrics of the song were written by Gaoussou Diawara in 2009. After 11 years, it sounds like they were written today.
“I can’t even believe how significant these lines seem today. Especially considering what happened this month in the United States and the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
My father was very inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1960s and told me a lot about African history, the consequences of colonial policies. I remember watching the American series “Roots” with him, which tells the story of a family brought to America from the Gambia as slaves. A book about Martin Luther King Jr., which I received as a gift from him, inspired me and taught me to be bolder.
I believe we live in times when it is no longer possible to remain silent. But I also believe in the peaceful civil protest propagated by Martin Luther King Jr. “The lyrics sound important in the context of Black Lives Matter, but let’s not forget that it was written about African youth and their plight,” says the Afrodelic leader.
The song is presented with a video created by award-winning British director and cinematographer Arthur Cauty. His films have been shown in cinemas and festivals from the US to Australia, on BBC, CBS, ABC, and many others. His former work includes video projections for the famous Pet Shop Boys, and now Amazon Prime viewers can see his documentary A Royal Hangover with famous comedian Russell Brand.
Victor Diawara approached the British director after seeing a short film on the internet about the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol in June this year.
“I thought it was a very powerful and impressive film. I’m happy that Arthur understood the idea of the song and agreed to rework his film, adapting it to a video clip. I think the images go very well with the lyrics, ”says Victor Diawara.
The project Afrodelic, which combines African rhythms and the sounds of electronic music, is a new step in the colorful career of Victor Diawara, who has been famous in the Lithuanian music scene for more than two decades.
Born in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and growing up in Mali, Germany, and Ireland, he has been living in his native Lithuania since 1997, where at the end of the last century he formed one of the country’s most successful pop groups – Skamp, which has released ten albums and performed many times outside of Lithuania.
The band, which has shared a stage with The Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Robert Plant, and other world stars, has won various Lithuanian music awards (including in the Bands of the Year and Pop Bands of the Year categories) and has been nominated twice for the MTV Europe Awards.
Victor Diawara is also famous as a producer, collaborator with other musicians, concert organizer (inviting Fink, Editors, Kelis, The xx, and other famous foreign artists to Lithuania), and founder of one of the most important Lithuanian alternative culture spaces – Vilnius Art Factory “Loftas”.
Spotify: “Le temps est venu”
Youtube: “Le temps est venu”
Youtube (live video): “Le temps est venu” (Live in Loftas)
Soundcloud: “Le temps est venu”
Soundcloud (Remix): “Le temps est venu” (Afrodelic Remix)
Single is out on June 22nd!
Europavox On Air
Afrodelic to perform at Europe Music Day 2020
Saturday May 9 from 2 p.m. to midnight, the European Union and Europavox are offering you a great musical journey for this day of solidarity that unites Europeans: Music Europe Day
🚀 30 artists from 30 different countries will celebrate this day, which will be introduced by a very special guest: Etienne Daho!
👀 Watch the concert live online.