Maal took an extended break from recording, he accepted an appointment as a United Nations cultural ambassaador and he copntinued performing. He toured Senegal, Europe, and Asia in intervening years, absorbing many sounds, particularty from the electronic scenes in the U.K. He sought out other musicans, playing with them informally, and took in new technologies and approaches to weave into the fabric of his own unmistakable sound. He was interested in blurring boundaries of Senegalese Fulani folk, global pop and electronic music, in creating a new music that could not "...be put into a box."
He renetered the studio in 2015 with producer Johan Hugo from The Very Best
. Recording in Londond and Senegal, Maal and Hugo enlisted a wide range of musicans including Winston Marshall
from Mumford & Sons
. The end result was the album Traveler. It was released by Marathon Artists
in January, 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi