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SMOD performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8.
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SMOD performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8.

SMOD: globalFEST 2012

January 10, 2012 Hear the new, groove-based Malian hip-hop group, produced by Manu Chao, live in concert.

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

Here comes another generation of masterful West African grooves: the Malian group SMOD, making its U.S. debut. If there's a familiar, lilting guitar-and-song groove underpinning the band's layers of hip-hop rhymes, don't be surprised; one of the members, Sam, is the son of the phenomenal duo Amadou and Mariam.

SMOD has benefited from that sphere of music's influence; the visionary Manu Chao, who produced Sam's parents' excellent album Dimanche à Bamako, also produced SMOD's debut. With tightly wound vocal harmonies and effervescent guitar played by Sam, the singing was even more effective than the rapping.

Set List
  • "Fitri Waleya"
  • "Dakan"
  • "Ca Chante"
  • "Dirigeants Africains"
  • "Jennes Filles Du Maliba"
  • "J'ai Pas Peur Du Micro"
  • "Ambola"
  • "Politic Adani"
  • "Dja"

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