Afrodelic (Mali)

24 settembre 2022

Afrodelic is the new project of guitarist and producer Victor Diawara who has recently released his debut album “Dusunkun Hakili” (The memory of the heart) in June 2022. The collection of songs is a tribute to Diawara’s father: well-known and respected Malian writer and poet Gaoussou Diawara who passed away in 2018. Born in Lithuania, raised in Mali, Victor lived in Germany and Ireland before permanently moving to back to his mother’s home country Lithuania in 1997. Here, he formed Skamp – a band which became wildly popular in Lithuania at the end of the “noughties”. Skamp have released 10 albums, performed around Europe, won a number of music awards and were nominated for MTV European Music Award (twice). 

A household name in Lithuania, Victor is also a successful music producer and runs one of the country’s most important alternative venues – art factory Loftas, where he hosts gigs of the most interesting local and foreign artists (Editors, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Fink and many others played the venue). Formed in 2018, Afrodelic is a new step for Victor – an intriguing mix of African music and electronic rhythms. Most of the songs on the debut album were recorded in Bamako with local musicians and singers. Victor then reworked the recordings adding electronic sounds and rhythms in his studio in Vilnius. The first single Le Temps est venu (The Time Has Come) features lyrics by Victor’s father, acclaimed Malian writer Gaoussou Diawara. In fact most of the lyrics in the album were written by him. Poet, novelist, author and professor at the University of Mali. He was a Knight of the National Order of Merit of France as well as a Knight of the National Order of Merit of Mali. Gaoussou Diawara was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Poetry and the 1976 French RFI Prize at the Inter-African Theatre Competition. He was also president of the Union of Malian Writers and president of the Malian Center of the International Theatre Institute. Since the release of second single Weleli (The Call) which was well received by radio stations in France (RFI, Virgin Radio France), Afrodelic has performed in various showcase festivals including Eurosonic (NL), Liverpool Sound City (UK), Primavera Pro (ES), Tallinn Music Week (EE), Europe Music Day (FR), supported Fatoumata Diawara in Italy and confirmed to headline the Hidden Stage at one of Croatia’s largest event InMusic Festival 2022. 

Afrodelic Live on stage:
Victor Diawara: vocals, guitars, synths, samples and effects
Boris Kulenovic: bass guitar
Gediminas Mačiulskis: djembe, balafon, calabash

Videos: Weleli (video):
WeleliYoutube Weleli (live):
I Tara Fan Fan (video):
“Le Temps Est Venu” (video):
“Le Temps Est Venu” (live): Concert Aftermovie: 

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