All The Way Home
Lè An Gadé-w En Zyé
Bòd Lanmè Pa Lwen
Don’t Do It
Chambre à Échos
La Maison En Feu
The word Bokanté means "exchange" in Guadeloupean Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien's childhood island. Highly appropriate for a group of musicians from 5 countries (and 4 continents) whose cultural and musical identities converge to create music that traces the blues from its roots in Africa and the Arab World, throughout the diaspora, and into a modern context.
Consisting of respected bandleaders and sidemen who have achieved great success in their own individual paths (with Paul Simon, Sting, Snarky Puppy, Yo-Yo Ma, etc.), each musician's personality shines through songs that speak to the challenges and strengths of the complex socio-political environment in which we live. As a lyricist, Tirolien paints beautiful imagery and tells stories that tackle issues head on, exploring the reality of this very important - and potentially dangerous - moment in time, celebrating who we are and what we have in spite of everything, with hope (through action) for a better day.
On their new album What Heat Bokanté collaborated with Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest. Band member Michael League first worked with the orchestra on the Snarky Puppy album Sylva. "This is the first album we've made together since "Sylva", and I believe it to be every bit as adventurous. The Metropole is a rarity in that it has the versatility and skill set to play across a wide variety of modern music styles with deep understanding. It opens up possibilities as an arranger that would not be available with other orchestras. Jules and I did our best to take full advantage of those possibilities in every way we could."