N’famady Kouyate and Gruff Rhys team up for 'Miniyamba / Gadael y Dref' last Libertino release of the year 2

N’famady Kouyate and Gruff Rhys team up for ‘Miniyamba / Gadael y Dref’ last Libertino release of the year

The last release for Libertino this year is the wonderfully inspired collaboration between N’famady Kouyate and Gruff Rhys.Miniyamba / Gadael y Dref’ is a haunting reworking of a tradition West African song with lyrics in Welsh and Malinké. Rhys lends his unmistakable vocals and a shuffling riff to N’famady’s exuberent xylophones and chanted refrains.

N’famady explains how the song came about:

“Miniyamba/Gadael y Dref is a reworking of a traditional West African song that enchanted Gruff Rhys on the Pang! tour, which made it the perfect choice for this collaboration. The song tells of an ancient legend of a serpent that protects a village by allowing no one in or out, until a girl who wants to marry tries to stike a deal with the great snake “Minyamba”, and her hopes and fears when finally able to “Gadael y Dref” (leave the village).” 

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