Composed of a dozen tracks with some of previously recorded songs, there are four new titles including the title track The Difference, which is about albinos. According to Salif, you can say someone's name without naming him, "It is also about me. We pay tribute to the albino, for their courage, their pain and other injustices, they are often victims. Although the phenomenon has now declined there are still cases. But the song The Difference is for them and is for us all. "The three singles that are new talk about everyday life and social issues. The other songs are old and are beautiful Salif songs from his time or his playing with Ambassadors Railband before his exile in Cote d'Ivoire.
"At the request of music lovers, relatives and friends, I have these pieces to make them happy, but be aware that this is not just for this small circle that I did this. But for everyone because I am an artist." Keita adds in discussing the spirit of the album, "Happiness is not for tomorrow, not hypothetical, it starts here and now. Let us not be dominated by violence, selfishness, despair. Do not sacrifice to the cult of pessimism. Let's rise up. Nature has given us special gifts. Nothing is played out for our continent. Nothing is lost yet. Let's take advantage of her marvels. Cleverly, in our case, our pace, and responsible men proud of their inheritance.'s build the land of our children and stop us feeling sorry for ourselves. Africa is also the joy of living optimism, beauty, elegance, grace, poetry, softness, the sun and nature. Let's be happy to be sons and fight together to build our happiness.
Look for The Difference on November 16th.
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