Désolé

Album: Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • "Désolé" is the second single from Gorillaz' Song Machine music and cartoon project. Released on February 27, 2020, the bossa nova-style tune features Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara.
  • The collaboration is trilingual, featuring lyrics in English, French and Bambara (the national language of Mali). The song title is French for "sorry" and throughout the track 2D (Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn) and Fatoumata Diawara trade lyrics about a wrecked romance. They are both " désolé" that their relationship has ended.
  • This is the third collaboration between Damon Albarn and Fatoumata Diawara. The pair previously collaborated in 2012 on three tracks from Albarn's supergroup Rocket Juice & The Moon's eponymous album and again on Bobby Womack's 2012 song "Nothin' Can Save Ya," which was co-produced and co-written by Albarn.
  • The video shows band members 2-D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs boating with Diawara and Albarn on Lake Como. Unfortunately, virtual bassist Murdoc got left behind after the others hopped into a portal in the Kong Studios to teleport to the Italian resort.

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