Thirteen years after work on Afrodelic’s solo debut began, it arrives. The Lithuanian-born Victor Diawara offers a diverse collection dedicated to his Malian father—celebrated poet and scholar, Gaoussou. His touching salute takes the form of immaculate production that swims through crisp guitar-playing and inspired writing. Afrodelic’s rhythmic personality is a testament to and cherishing of Mali and its homegrown musical heroes: a magnetic parade of that vibrant intersection between personal and cultural history. ‘Dusunkun Hakili,’ meaning ‘memory of the heart’ in Bambara, is unforgettably rich in both texture and allure. The eclectic force driving its tracklist provides an anticipatory listening experience that never runs dry.
A favourite: ‘Weleli’
‘Dusunkun Hakili’ is out now, self-released.