Babilak Bah is an artist that translates as innovation. The self-taught musician, percussionist, compositor and poet, from the Brazilian state of Paraiba, calls himself a “proposer” instead of “composer”. With his work, he proposes a different way to embed music and poetry into social consciousness. In the album “Enxadario: Orquestra de enxadas” (Hoeing: Orchestra of Hoes), he transforms the labourious and repetitive manual work of the fields into a cathartic beat blending samba, funk, jazz and classical. The result can be taken as shambolic in meaning, and that’s a very interesting effect that inspires movement and discovery.
Biography of Restless Men
His new album, “Biografia de Homens Inquietos”(Biography of Restless Men), has just been released with brand new songs. While I was writing this feature, I wasn’t sure if I had got the translation of his work’s title right. The word “Inquietos” can be literally translated as restless, fidgety, troubled, unquiet, preoccupied. But it can be also translated by association as curious, on the move, always looking for something…Only Babilak Bah would be able to tell me the correct meaning. So, I asked him directly. With a little help from a friend, I got introduced to him via email. Bsbilak was approachable and explained: “Biography of Restless Man is an autobiographical, anthropophagical and existentialist work. It talks about my own influences, my restlessness and my constant search for renewal.”
Ask the artist
If you would like to know more about Biography of Restless Men or Orchestra of Hoe, you now have the opportunity to ask directly to the artist. I checked with Babilak Bah if he would be willing to answer your questions. He sounded positively enthusiastic. All you have to do is to leave a comment to this post.