The second track on our debut album TAKHAUDI DÉKAU is Temedi – Baby. In Susu (spelt in various ways, Soussou or Soso, in French but I’m sticking to the English spelling as I’m used to it) the main language used on the CD. It means, literally, baby girl, but it’s a term of affection for a woman such as a sister, friend or lover. It’s not quite darling; if people want to say darling they generally say cherie or sometimes use the English word. Temedi seems to be exclusively used by men. I’ve never heard a woman call another woman temedi and no woman has ever said it to … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Track 2: Temedi – Baby.
Sorsonet is the last track on our debut album Takhaudi Dekau When I first began to think about recording some of the music I was doing in Gambia what I wanted to do was something instrumental and balafon (West African xylophone) led. … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Takhaudi Dekau: Inside The Chicken’s Mouth. Track 10: Sorsonet.
All our songs, like most good songs, have a story behind them. One of the hardest choices I had to make when producing our debut CD was which order to put the tracks in. In the end I went for … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Track 1: Toumaranke – our ‘theme tune’….