Senegalese singer Moussa Niang (nicknamed Moussa Diabate) has worked with the biggest names in Malian music. He was one of the lead singers with Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra and has shared the stage with Bassekou Kouyate. Multi-instrumentalist Désiré Somé, from Burkina Faso, fine-tuned his education as a jazz guitar player at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He has played bass and guitar with the groups Idirad, Malick Pathe Sow and Foofango. West African music was the inspiration for Désiré and Moussa to write a hymn about the poet, the griot Doua : their joint composition, the song "Xale", expresses their conviction that every child in the world deserves an outstretched hand and forcefully affirms that "he who opens a school closes a prison."
Image : Rafael Serenellini, Justine vande Walle, Margot Locatelli
Sound : Kobe Goudeseune , Jules Duys
Production : Jacoba Kint, Bee Hugyecz
Technical coordination : Mathieu Alexandre
English translation : Peter Driver