Tiken Jah Fakoly has always taken risks challenging the Disinformation: standing out as the spokesman for millions of young African people, joining the lineage of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, the voice for those without voices. There’s even a wikipedia article for him.
The new album African Revolution is exactly what it claims to be: African and revolutionary. Before anything else he is revolutionary in his method of work. A trip to Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s studio in Kingston, was inevitable to place these three rhythmic sizes: Glen Browne (bass), Marc Dawson (drum kit) and Mickey Chung (guitar). Then there was Bamako. It is there, in his studio that Tiken concocted the music on the border of reggae and the mandingue blues.