"Dimedi was recorded in a few weeks at Studio Moffou in Bamako — with members of Salif Keita and Rokia Traore’s bands — but the album was a long time
in the making. Salif Keita was performing at SOB's after the show a friend of mine with a studio in Brooklyn proposed to record two songs “Gonlein” and “Nnakhounde” Salif Keita’s musicians agreed to come and record. After some time Salif himself showed up and clearly loved the music.
A short time later she received a call from Keita’s guitarist Djessou. "Listen sister,” he said, "I think you have a lot to give to this world, but New York is super expensive — why don’t you come to Mali and record your album?” A month later, she was in Bamako recording Dimedi. The result is 13 songs that once heard are hard to get out of your head. The sessions left a big impression on Camara. “The musicians are so disciplined, and they love music," she says.
"It’s not easy to find. [They] dedicated all their time coming in the morning and leaving whenever we were done. Sometimes we would in the studio stay all night.
They would say, don’t you get tired? It’s unbelievable that a girl can be like this; they were so impressed, and not used to women taking control like this.”
Excerpt from an interview with Bill Farringdon.
Dimedi short album notes:
Drapeau: (The flag)
There is only one flag that flies over our country, let’s forgive each other and look beyond our differences, (dialects, race and religion) let’s come together and celebrate the making of a better life.
Momi Hidda: (An arranged marriage)
The story of a young girl who begs her parents to let her marry for love not for the gain of others.
Nakhounde: (My hiding spot)
Life is short. We all have the same struggles. After the travails of the day we all deserve to find a resting place in some
corner or in someone’s arms.
Arrabama Di: (What are we going to do about it?)
This is an upbeat address to those in government and everyone in the country. When things go wrong how are we going to solve it ? Let’s do something about it.
We were never given a road map when we born. Life will never be easy, don’t give up just pack yourbags and keep on moving on.
When you feel like you’ve had enough. When life is too much. Don’t torture yourselves, let loose and cry and free your soul.
This is dedicated to women who have been lied to by someone they thought was the love of their life.It’s time to take control and move onto a better life.
Amassoukhou: (Take care of the one you love).
Married couples and lovers often get caught up with life dramas and forget about what they really have.Cherish those who are closest to you. Take care of them.
This song speaks about my first band. We were sisters united. No matter what happens in life we will always have each other. No mountain or ocean could keep us from being together.
Dimedi: (Child )
A Child doesn’t need success or money. A Child needs a bed to sleep in, food to eat, a heathy body, and a good mentor to prepare them for adulthood.
This song is dedicated especially to my grandma who helped raise me.
Brothers and sisters nothing is impossible.Let’s get on our feet to build our society. Let’s work for a better future.
I was down and out when one day a bird came by my window to speak to me. The message changed my life. Fear is your enemy, free yourself and fly like a bird.
Many people (especially in large cities) feel alone and isolated. If we all could be aware of who is around us maybe one simple “hello” can save someone’s life.
This song is Inspired by real life stories and dedicated especially to the homeless and the aged who are barely surviving on the edges of our societies.