7 Seconds: The Best of Youssou N'Dour

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 16-track compilation covers Senegalese singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Youssou N'Dour's Columbia Records period, from 1991 to 1996. Perhaps the most popular pop culture figure in Senegal's history, N'Dour created a music of his own from various sources, which he called "mbalax" and which incorporates everything from jazz, soul, hard R&B styles, hip-hop, and even Cuban samba, and juxtaposes them with the folk melodies and polyrhythms of his native land. The cuts here, particularly "Old Man," "New Africa," "Yo le Le, Fulani Rhythm," and the covers of Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back," and Lennon and McCartney's "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da," reveal N'Dour's ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 16-track compilation covers Senegalese singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Youssou N'Dour's Columbia Records period, from 1991 to 1996. Perhaps the most popular pop culture figure in Senegal's history, N'Dour created a music of his own from various sources, which he called "mbalax" and which incorporates everything from jazz, soul, hard R&B styles, hip-hop, and even Cuban samba, and juxtaposes them with the folk melodies and polyrhythms of his native land. The cuts here, particularly "Old Man," "New Africa," "Yo le Le, Fulani Rhythm," and the covers of Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back," and Lennon and McCartney's "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da," reveal N'Dour's idiosyncratic, yet very accessible grasp and integration of Western and African pop styles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998607323
  • Catalog Number: 86073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Africa - Jean-Philippe Rykiel (3:44)
  2. 2 Undecided (Japoulo) (5:21)
  3. 3 Mouvement (Dunya) (4:27)
  4. 4 Seven Seconds (5:06)
  5. 5 Yo le Le (Fulani Groove) (6:25)
  6. 6 Without a Smile (4:12)
  7. 7 Please Wait (2:39)
  8. 8 Country Boy - Jean-Philippe Rykiel (4:02)
  9. 9 Birma (3:48)
  10. 10 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2:54)
  11. 11 Old Man (6:27)
  12. 12 No More - Jean-Philippe Rykiel (4:15)
  13. 13 Set (5:27)
  14. 14 Oh Boy (6:27)
  15. 15 Don't Look Back (3:33)
  16. 16 Things Unspoken - Jean-Philippe Rykiel (7:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Youssou N'Dour Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bandleader
Kevin Armstrong Guitar
Neneh Cherry Vocals
Issa Cissocko Tenor Saxophone
Habib Faye Bass Guitar, Keyboards, African Percussion
Glenn Ferris Trombone
Kenny Fradley Trumpet
Thierno Koite Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Charles Lagond Tenor Saxophone
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Oussey Ndiaye Background Vocals
Pape Oumar Ngom Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Lee Robertson Trombone
Jean-Philippe Rykiel Keyboards
Assane Thaim African Percussion
Vinia Mojica Background Vocals
Babacar Faye Background Vocals, Djembe, Sabar
Wyclef Jean Background Vocals
Abdoulaye Diouf Spoken Word
Mamadou (Jimi) Mbaye Guitar
Brad Wheeler Saxophone
Sacha Skarbek Violin, Soloist
Victoria Chidid Background Vocals
Bolo Bolognesi Trombone
Ibrahima Cisse Keyboards
Fallilou "Galas" Niang Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Booga Bear Producer, Engineer
Philippe Brun Engineer
Neneh Cherry Composer, Duet
Habib Faye Arranger, Composer, Producer
Verna Gillis Executive Producer
Jimi Mbaye Arranger
C. McVey Composer
Youssou N'Dour Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jean-Philippe Rykiel Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Michel Sauvage Engineer
Assane Thaim Tama
Simon Richmond Composer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Spike Lee Executive Producer
Ronald White Composer
Chris Theis Engineer
Amadou Doukoure Producer
Mamadou (Jimi) Mbaye Arranger
Andy Shafte Programming
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Thomas Rome Executive Producer
Mathew Russell Horn Director
Linda Faye Composer
Jerry Wonder Programming
Ndiaga Ndour Engineer
Lisa Jackson Executive Producer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Jonathan Sharp Composer
Kristopher Spencer Liner Notes
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