"Sahara Bayou" is a song of ramifications.
In its own way, it has to do with the meetings of peoples, of elements, and of opposites. Furthermore it is about distance, and how distances are crossed.
Here we take direct inspiration from Tuareg's music, the famous "desert blues" for which we have a deep rooted love, after quietly hinting at it in several of our previous pieces. This choice is also motivated by the simple fact that we listen to musicians Tinariwen a lot.
We find interesting that both arid Sahara and water-filled Bayou, two environments having their own kind of sinuous paths, can be considered birthplaces of Blues music, similar in soul as a consequence of shared History.
If this music of desert nomads speaks to us so intimately, it is undoubtedly related to our common origins, having been exposed early, and feeling very familiar with the Sahara, its people and its culture. Yet our experience as musicians was first marked and built upon the influences of the Afro-American Blues, then also greatly fed by the Rock music that emerged from it.
In the midst of all this, we like to reflect on the idea that our own hometown Strasbourg, with its significance of "the crossroads", may have come into play in driving the back and forth travels that bridges different locations and their music styles.
Thus, while the songs we create often carries something of an invitation to travel, perhaps this one especially comes stating how much it is a matter of mindset. Indeed, our sense of proximity with these various places has much more to do with people and what they pass on through music and words, rather than the actual experience of a location. It is also worth noting how each iteration of a genre ends up feeding into one another, making the travel play through the music itself.
Encouraged by these ideas, in freely expressing our singular feeling of this music, we wish it to echo what crosses generations and borders, regardless of how we have come to formally differ, while asserting the impact of it nonetheless.
In that regard, another balance point we are no stranger to dealing with, was to bring a certain modernity of our ways and our sound, without denaturing the vibrant character of musics that were strengthened by the longevity of tradition.
…who knows then, in this exploration might lie another way to be nomadic. Shortly put, if for any reason, traveling to places has to wait, let them come to you!
Note: Though we rarely use samples, it is the case here with the Calabash rhythm, put together from bits of this great video link below. We played the others instruments.
"A calabash duet by the two calabash players of Super 11, Aliou Saloum Yattara and "Cola" Mahamadou Balobo Maiga." (MALI)