Swedish producer Karl Jones collaborates with Mouhamodou Lo and his children on the latest release by the same name. And so a fascinating story is born from this meeting of minds and souls…
Karl Jonas was late for a meeting one day and he called a taxi. Whilst in the car, he realised he had left his wallet at home and his Senegalese taxi driver Mouhamodou said he could delay payment and they could meet up the day after to settle the bill. The next day Karl Jonas was in his studio and Mouhamodou visited with his two children to settle payment.
They ended up staying in the studio all day and Mouhamodou’s children banged on drums, tried some karaoke and more. They were about to leave when Jonas asked Mouhamodou if he could sing on an instrumental track he had.
Mouhamodou was a bit shy but after some encouragement, he sat down for five minutes to pen some lyrics from a poem he’d written in the past. The lyrics were dedicated to the poor farmers and fishermen in Senegal. In one take he sang the lyrics and it was finished.
This was one of the most wonderful stories I have heard of late and when I then heard the song, I was a bit overwhelmed with emotion. The result is the most sublime recording showcasing generations but also love and light. Mouhamodou’s voice has such stunning depth and the contrast with his children provides a glorious texture.
This is one of those projects that feels so worthy of support and attention not just because of the story behind it, but also because the music is sonically rich and inspiring.