The last song I wrote for the album is about our fathers and elders, their legacy… At the time of the songwriting my father was critically ill in the hospital. As he has been living in African during the last years of his life, I decided for “La Memoire” to use some African folk elements and mix themwith a traditional folk acoustic guitar and vocal. More than giving it a feel I wanted it to be part embedded in the song. Meaning I wanted to go beyond using African percussions and instruments but collaborate with a singer using the question – answer that is common in traditional African music.
I have been very lucky to meet Karismatik and he agreed to join the project and recorded the various artists in his studio in Senegal during 2020. He introduced me to Ombré who kindly agreed to sing some of the lines I wrote for the backing vocals but took it to another level when writing some solo parts text and music. His beautiful melodies and very interesting rhythm signature have transformed this song and I feel very grateful to have had the chance to meet and collaborate with Ombre and Karismatik.
The outro part of the song “La Memoire” which I called “An African Prayer” is a mix of classical and African instruments and voices. I wrote it as I was facing my father passing and wanted to channel emotions in the song. Great and very emotional contribution from Ombré on this part again!