African Sounds and Signs of the Time (June 2020):
Mali and Lithuania’s Afrodelic Project Introduces New single and video clip
Victor Diawara, a prominent performer of the Lithuanian stage, 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 Dusunku Hakili (Memory of the Heart), due for release in October, 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 2020.
“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.