Boom Boom Bâ ~ Métisse

Métisse is an Irish/African Soul/Electronica band, formed by former Chapter House member Skully, and Aïda, a singer/choreographer from Côte d’Ivoire. They formed in Toulouse, France. The band’s name is the French word for ‘mixture’, and its music is a mix of African, Celtic, soul and electronic music. Song lyrics often feature a mixture of Dioula, English and French words.

Aida Bredou was born in the beautiful Ivory Coast. Singing and dancing was so much a part of her rich African tradition and every activity was dressed with a ritual within the living of everyday life. At age six Aida was making a name for herself as a dance troupe leader, offering lessons in choreography when she was not even old enough to know what the word meant. One grandmother was a professional dancer while the other a professional singer. Aida ’s mother has always been her main inspiration, her coach, and her rock when times were challenging.

In her teens, Aida moved between the Ivory Coast and Grenoble in France, then entered University in Toulouse to study Social and Economic Administration. Through this period, much of the rich dance and music culture of her childhood was left behind for a more academic outlook. Then after turning 20, she took additional training, qualified as a gym instructor, moved from there back into dance. Traditional dancing from West Africa, modern jazz dance and salsa were perfected to the highest standard and Aida began to make a good living as a professional dance performer. Two years later came the return to singing, and the cabaret market offered the opportunity to travel through France. With many good gigs in Toulouse it seemed like a nice place to settle for a little while.

Skully had his first gig as a DJ at age fourteen. His father was a showband man performing on the big stage so to Skully music was the family way of life. The Showband scene was not for the new generation so Skully followed the electronic path, partnering with many colleagues over the years to deliver their latest brew. Skully earned himself the name “Professor Skully” as testimony to his mastery of the new electronic music art form. Then came a band called “Chapterhouse” which reached the top of the ladder in terms of success picking up all the highest awards in Ireland. But this was not enough for the “Professor” and in frustration at not breaking the world market he took a seven-year retreat from the music business he so dearly loved. He moved to Toulouse, France where he became a teacher of the English language.

Skully knew that something was missing in his music. Coincidentally, many people were talking about this girl with an extraordinary voice that sang at a Cabaret in Toulouse. Skully followed the posters and went to hear Aida sing. Blown away by her voice, he went away from that gig to write music that he later presented to her. Seriously impressed by what she heard, Aida agreed to take the time to record a few songs…a mixture of true Celtic electronic wizardry and the beauty of all that is African. There and then they decided to work together and called themselves Métisse…meaning mixture… mixture of black and white, of African and European, of electronic and soul.

Boom Boom Bâ

Boom Boom Bâ is a song by the duo, Métisse.  Here is an explanation of what she is singing about:

  • Boom boom: the beating of the heart… : child (in Agni, an Ivory Coast dialect). Therefore, the singer’s heart is beating for the children of the world.
  • Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Kamélé: boy.
  • Mé kouman mé fora y bamê: Understand what I’m saying.
  • Aligna donguiri ma digné Mé kouman mé for a y bâmê: You don’t need to like my song to understand what I’m saying.

It was also the theme song for the TV series, Dead Like Me

 

A boom boom bâ,
A boom boom bâ,
A boom boom bâ,
A boom boom bâ,
Kélé, fila, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bâ, Can you hear my heart beat in this world
A boom boom bâ, Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bâ, Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé !
A boom boom bâ, Mé kouman mé fora y bamê

Are my dreams to be all I can do ?
Lay o lay above, lay o lay below
And he said Annie will show them a new way
Mé kouman mé fora y bamê

Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bâ, Can you hear my heart beat in this world
A boom boom bâ, Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bâ, Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé !
A boom boom bâ, Mé kouman mé fora y bamê

Are my dreams to be all I can do ?
Lay o lay above, lay o lay below
And he said Annie will show them a new way
Mé kouman mé fora y bamê

Kélé, fila, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bâ, Can you hear my heart beat in this world
A boom boom bâ, Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bâ, Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé !
A boom boom bâ, Mé kouman mé fora y bamê

Kélé, fila, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bâ, Aligna donguiri ma digné
A boom boom bâ, Mé kouman mé fôra y bamê
A boom boom bâ, Aligna donguiri ma digné
A boom boom bâ, Mé kouman mé fôra y bamê

Kélé, fila, saba, nani, norou
Can you hear my heart beat in this word

Can you hear my heart beat in this word
Kélé, fila, saba, nani, norou

  • Audio from the 2001 album, My Fault:
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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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