CMU Approved

Approved: Fofoulah

By | Published on Thursday 15 November 2018


The sound of afro-dub band Fofoulah’s second album ‘Daega Rek’ developed naturally from the live shows that supported their 2014 debut. At those shows, Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka began getting up and rapping over the last song in their set, directing the band into different rhythms. Seeing something in this, they decided to explore it further with their new music, putting Secka up front and heading in a more electronic direction.

The new album’s title translates as ‘The Truth’, and in his lyrics – delivered in sharp bursts of West African language Wolof – Secka explores different elements of truth and reality. Like the world’s relationship to the truth at the moment, the music shifts and changes rapidly underneath him. With complex rhythms, pulling in elements of dub, drum n bass and footwork, it’s easy to lose track of where you are in it, but it’s well worth at least trying to keep up.

The band are set to play an album launch show at The Pickle Factory in London on 28 Nov. More tour dates are set for January and February next year. For now, here’s the video for album track ‘Seye’:

Stay up to date with all of the artists featured in the CMU Approved column by subscribing to our Spotify playlist.