The album Vox Populi is probably the most successful project of Matador's entire artistic career. Produced between Dakar, Amsterdam,Stockholm and New York, Vox Populi is a 100% Hip Hop album unlike the previous production by Matador, Xippil Xol, which was tinted with a little slam. Five years after the release of XIPPIL XOL, Matador is back with VOX POPULI (voice of the people), an album composing of 15 titles.
Vox Populi is a very open project featuring collaborations with members of the Wa Bmg 44 band (Fatim and Manu), with Didier Awadi (unquestionably the most prominent francophone rapper) as well as with DJ GeeBayss, Gunman Xuman, Bijou and Fatoumata (a female Malian griot). The younger generation of Senegalese artists have not been left out as it also includes Sall Ngaary, El Che, and Nage,a singer who contributed three tracks to the album.
From its conception, Vox Populi is intended as a project of an international dimension as much for its musical production as for its artistic collaborations, with the participation of two Canadian artists, Webster and Stratège, two Swedish artists, Timbuktu (one of the greatest rappers of Scandinavia) and Mapei, as well Maelan the new Belgian Dubstep star and the Afro-German duo Tamika and Mamadee, members of the group Sisters and Vocals of Gentleman.
Matador is one of the most committed artists in Senegal and Vox Populi is a cornerstone in building an emerging Senegal with new sets of values on the socio-political and economic front.The political question is very much addressed in this album with titles like Vox Populi 1 and 2,Fayou and Sama Senegal (my Senegal) where Matador advocates respect for fundamental freedoms and good governance and warns :Nothing will ever be the same again.
Social life is not left behind for the man who defines himself as the voice of the voiceless with titles such as Save The Children, 210 and Love. Matador denounces the condition of the child and the African woman while calling for a new awareness to rise from the society.
In addition one can note other key titles such as United and Inokokouma (tell them) and Ya Yess, which are quite fun songs with a strong message.
Matador cannot do an album without a tribute to the Hip Hop, a culture that made him famous, with a testimony that one can find the titles HipHop Attitude and Fight Muzik.
In terms of production we find DJ Threesixty (Holland, 4 pieces), Moe Bama (Sweden, 5 tracks) Mc Laye (3 tracks), Simon Le Saint (Belgium, 1 track) Maelan (Belgium, 1 track) and Convok (Belgium 1 sound track) all of these mixed by Ciré and Papis from the recording Urban Musik Studio and mastered by Vincent Chabot (France). Credits for photography and graphics are the work of Sandy Haessner (Senegal / Germany).