SMOD are Sam, Ousco and Donsky, a trio of Malian rappers. (Mouzy, the fourth, left Bamako for Europe, but the group wisely retained his initial.)

They got lucky when Manu Chao, in town to produce Sam’s parents Amadou and Mariam, heard them rehearsing and stepped in to produce them as well. The debut album has Chao’s trademark relentless nursery beats, but the Malians hold their own.

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