10 Songs, 49 Minutes


Malika Tirolien’s voice raises the ensemble upward.


Malika Tirolien’s voice raises the ensemble upward.


Ratings and Reviews

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8 Ratings
8 Ratings


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Remarkable mix of Jazz Fusion and Caribbean influence. Everything from the percussion, to the guitars, to vocals is incredible. Arrangements are stellar and catchy even for those that can't get behind Michael League's progressive music nature.
Fantastic debut album and can't wait to see what comes from this project going forward.


marco dopo

Beyond the surface rhythms and polyrhythms, layers of textures and the nuance of each vocal conspire to seduce the listener… In all of their complexities and interposed instrumental breaks and other flourishes that so well interwoven into each composition, the results are simply beautiful!



Just saw them perform live in Chicago last week...as good as this album is, they sound even better in person! Each member is very talented, and the lead singers voice is an incredible instrument..they created this wall of sound together that just felt good:-)

About Bokanté

Bokanté is a band project founded by Snarky Puppy's Michael League. He describes the sound of multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-generational Bokanté as a "weird combination of West African music, Delta blues, and Led Zeppelin and Caribbean kaladja (with lyrics in Creole and French)." The eight-piece ensemble includes League on baritone guitar and bass; lap and pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson); Snarky Puppy guitarists Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti; percussionists Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting); André Ferrari (Väsen), and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma); all fronted by veteran tri-lingual vocalist Malika Tirolien who leads her own fine quintet and appeared on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner, Vol 1.

The word bokanté means "exchange" in Creole, the language of Tirolien’s youth -- she grew up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The backing music and some of its melodies were written by League, demo'ed while on tour with other bands, and then sent to Tirolien with lyrical concepts attached. Tirolien added lyrics and additional melodies to demos and sent them back to League. Much of the rest of the cast hadn't even met until they all gathered on the first day of recording. After a week of sessions in upstate New York’s Dreamland Studios, the band emerged with their debut Strange Circles in 2017 on Music Works International. ~ Thom Jurek