Ben Zabo • Ben Zabo
Release Date: 25/05/2012
Format: CD/LP (+CD)
Cat-No: GRCD/LP 763
Ben Zabo • Démocratie
Release Date: 25/10/2013
Cat-No: GB 006
The music is for Ben Zabo and all his musicians, an important niche for the accomplishment of the mission with which they feel invested: the culture Bo out of the shadows to reveal to the world through music , dance, traditional outfits and instrumentarium Bwa against the Malian and African culture in general.
Originally from the traditional Ben Zabo music is a blend of rhythms and melodies Bwa in symbiosis with modern sounds and harmonies.
While perpetuating the traditions of his native Bwatun, he chose to develop a mixed style in which we detect as much influences from other musical styles such as modern and Western afrobeat, funk, reggae, blues, rock and even jazz. With modern instruments and musical arrangements that are perfectly well worth his intimate songs recorded in the news, his music is also well steeped in the rich instrumentarium Mali as the balafon, the tama, the ara’o bara and so on.
In his compositions, Ben Zabo develops themes relating to the various societal core values such as brotherly love, peace, justice, tolerance, solidarity, work and good governance, which according to him remain the only guarantee of integrity and cohesion, sustainable human development factors. At the same time, he condemns the indiscriminate fervor and rigor, greed, hypocrisy, demagogy and discrimination are the main problems which undermine the stability of our society and confiscate the freedom, dignity and well being of some citizens.
Under the political commitment, the vision of Ben Zabo is to encourage all African countries, especially Mali to further implement a true democracy and true freedom of the people. That every individual and every people have an inalienable right to speech and decision souverraine of his destiny.
Finally, women are certainly not outside in the songs of Ben Zabo a fitting tribute because they are made, – to all the mothers of the world-for the suffering they support giving life. On the other hand, the beauty, bravery, love, charm and tenderness of women are discussed at length.
Zabo Ben’s songs are mostly written and sung in Bomu is his mother tongue. The Bwa, in fact, constitute a minority ethnic group living in a small area called Bwatun (Bwa country) straddles the border between Mali and Burkina Faso. The Bwa of Mali occupy the area south-east of the Segou region, just circles and San Tominian and serve approximately 216,000 people.
The music of Ben Zabo room is very encouraging because his rhythm to dance. It is both the expression and assertion of cultural identity, and finally the voice as a social conscience and ethical proud.