Takhaudi Dékau - Rob Shipster Remix

by Toumaranke

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    Amazing remix of Takhaudi Dékau - Inside The Chicken's Mouth by Rob Shipster. The best of the original plus well-funky beats.

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Balafon arrangements Mohammed Camara, musical arrangements Moussa Sylla and Mohammed Camara. Lyrics (Susu) Moussa Sylla. Beatz and remixing Rob Shipster. Inside The Chicken's Mouth is a metaphor for the invisibility of poverty and suffering...


This track tells of the difficulties of being an outsider in the country you live in. Toumaranke means outsider or adventurer, literally 'a person who comes from out' . Because the band come from Guinea but are living in Gambia they are seperated from their families which the lyrics liken to being inside a chicken's mouth.
No one is there to help or advise, no one can see them and they can't see their own lives clearly. If the chicken eats they eat, if not they don't. Inside the chicken's mouth there is only suffering but one day they hope to come out, to be fully seen and for their suffering to end.
Susu is difficult to translate from literally because of the way the language is structured and I'm working on a better one than this but it conveys the meaning behind the song.


released December 15, 2015
Moussa Sylla, Rob Shipster



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Toumaranke The Gambia

Toumaranke are a group of largely Guinean musicians, with Moussa & Chris Sylla and Okameo Bangoura at its core. Currently a seven piece outfit we play traditional West African instruments to create a groovy and very dancable sound. Balafon led, with wonderful polyrhymic melodies our music is fresh and unique and will have you up on your feet in no time!. ... more

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