Fadal Dey

When Fadal Dey took part in the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in 2006 he talked about self censorship: “There are lines I can’t cross, so I practice self-censorship in a way,” he said. However his song “Bat Government” advocating for more democracy in Africa was too much for National Radio and TV in his home country and thus was never played.

Born in 1966 in Bouaflé, Côte d’Ivoire, Fadal Dey (real name: Koné Ibrahima Kalilou) became singer and reggae musician under the name of Fadal Dey after starting off in theatre. Having recorded a four-track demo in 1993, he released his first album “Religion” which sold more than 100,000 copies and his reputation quickly crossed the borders.

Defending the artists’ intellectual property rights Fadal on 31 May, 2007 took part in a demonstration against piracy. He was knocked unconscious by stones thrown by bootleggers.

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Music by: Fadal Dey
Lyrics by: Fadal Dey
Licensed from: Mande Roots Productions De Fadal Dey/Music Plus