While visiting New York City in 2017, Oumar met Smokey at Issyra Gallery in Hoboken. The two played music together, sparking what would become a fertile collaboration. With no common language other than music, they bonded and over the course of the next two years Oumar travelled twice from his home in Sao Paolo, Brazil to New York to record and perform his music with Smokey. On these songs Oumar sings and plays guitar. Smokey plays guitar, bass, percussion and keyboards. With Ngor Jallow (percussion and vocals) and Souris Koyate (guitar), they have created this beautiful collection of 10 songs entitled Soutoura. The African language Wolof word “soutoura” means compassion.
“Baykat” is about how much we depend on our farmers (Baykat) and our herdsman (Samahkat) and how we must treat them with respect and fairness.
“Maréme” is a message to the parents of young African woman, where it is still too common to marry off their daughters to the highest bidder. In this case, Maréme has waited and is marrying not for money but for love.
Music videos for both were shot and edited in Senegal.