If individuals are conditioned by their environment, then Tiken Jah Fakoly is very much the son of Denguélé, a northern region of Côte d’Ivoire whose capital is Odienné. Moussa Doumbia was born there on June 23, 1968, and it was in that densely forested land that he grew up, went to school, gave his initial concerts and fell in love for the first time. A few kilometers to the west of Odienné lies the border with Guinea. A little further to the north is Mali. And if you travel east, you quickly reach Burkina Faso and Ghana. Tiken, a child of that cultural crossroads, stands at its center today, as Dernier Appel (Last Call) makes clear. His most pan-African album to date, it is also his most universal, given that the issues it explores inspire ideas that concern us all, and given that the genre he reigns over unchallenged, reggae, results from an inspired fusion, has a unique ability to unite us and increases awareness as it packs dance floors everywhere.