SMOD, under the auspices of world-renowned artists Amadou & Mariam and Manu Chao, have been around for more than a decade delivering their brand of melodic, ethnic-tinged blues/rap. With their first international (and third in total), self-titled album back in 2010 they clearly sided up with the ‘music camp’ of Manu Chao featuring many of his sonic trademarks (atari effects, subtle beats, catchy one-tone guitar melodies and refrains etc.) as well as his signature production.
Their name, SMOD, is comprised by the initials of Sam, Mouzy, Ousco and Donsky – the band’s founding members. SMOD come from Mali and Sam Doumbia is actually the son of Amadou & Mariam. Although they have been largely pushed by the gravity and active support of the aforementioned artists, they still deserve a mention as they sing about injustice and inequality in Africa and beyond. Between a vast Malian tradition and globalised urban elements SMOD deliver some radio-friendly albeit politically-conscious tunes like ‘Ca Chante’: