Baaba Maal has released Fulani Rock, his first single off his upcoming album, The Traveller.

Premiered on NPR, Fulani Rock is underpinned by dark throbbing drums, intricate guitars and Baaba Maal’s distinctive vocal soaring overhead, carrying messages for his people:

“Language is a weapon. I’m not using it to destroy but to build bridges and bring people together. I am a messenger of the people so everyone’s voice can be heard.”

The Traveller