In reviving the memory of leaders like the Burkinabe Thomas Sankara, the Egyptian Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Kenyan Jomo Kenyatta, Didier Awadi is reviving a post-independent vision of a strong, united, free Africa. But the artist also looks across the Atlantic Ocean, towards some of the emblematic figures of black consciousness like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Aimé Césaire.
When it comes to the music, Didier Awadi achieves an unexpected feat in infusing each track with the colours of the country in question, inviting artists from all over the continent. Non, which refers to the Sékou Touré’s famous refusal to General de Gaulle in 1958, is rich with balafons and Mandinka guitar. Amandla, which celebrates Nelson Mandela, resonates with a chorus of zulu singers. The singer Babani Koné and the rappers Tata Pound make their voices heard on the track that samples Modibo Keita, the first Malian president. Another militant step in the career of “big brother” Awadi, unifier and pan-African promoter.
Translation : Anne-Marie Harper