Bambay Gueej

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Fans of this Senegalese star's debut, NE LA THIASS, handily the best African album of the '90s, can rest easy. With BAMBAY GUEEJ, Cheikh Lo begins the 21st century in fine form -- this is the album to beat. Lo's slinky grooves, a supple mix of mbalax, Afro-Cuban rhythm, and reggae chuk, levitate a few feet above the earth, with his expressive voice -- like a more nasal Sammy Davis Jr. -- carrying them higher and higher. Because he knows the lay of the land in these Buena Vista days, Lo kicks off BAMBAY GUEEJ with "M'Beddemi," a version of the Cuban classic "El Carretero," joined by Orchesta Aragon's flute maestro Richard Eg?es. It's no cash-in, though, as rumba is one ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Fans of this Senegalese star's debut, NE LA THIASS, handily the best African album of the '90s, can rest easy. With BAMBAY GUEEJ, Cheikh Lo begins the 21st century in fine form -- this is the album to beat. Lo's slinky grooves, a supple mix of mbalax, Afro-Cuban rhythm, and reggae chuk, levitate a few feet above the earth, with his expressive voice -- like a more nasal Sammy Davis Jr. -- carrying them higher and higher. Because he knows the lay of the land in these Buena Vista days, Lo kicks off BAMBAY GUEEJ with "M'Beddemi," a version of the Cuban classic "El Carretero," joined by Orchesta Aragon's flute maestro Richard Egües. It's no cash-in, though, as rumba is one of the roots of Senegalese pop, and Lo's heaven-directed vocals waft like mysterious perfume above the arresting percussion. Nor is Egües the only guest of note: JB's sax man Pee Wee Ellis contributes some stoned funk to the title track, and Malian diva Oumou Sangare duets with Lo on the showstopping "Bobo-Dioulasso." That track, in the pentatonic style of southern Mali is an Afro-jazz revelation, simmering with snare brushwork and Hammond organ as Oumou's Aretha Franklin-worthy pipes kick the heat up a notch or two. While as sinewy and tough as his debut, BAMBAY GUEEJ benefits from a less monochromatic production -- full horns, organ, trap drums, guitar, and gurgling talking drum color the varied rhythms with a technicolor flair to equal Lo's patchwork duds. Once again coproduced by Lo's mentor Youssou N'Dour in his Xippi studio, BAMBAY GUEEJ is some kind of testament to N'Dour -- every note Cheikh Lo records is a gambit for Afro-pop supremacy. Here's hoping the friendly rivalry continues, long and fruitful.
All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
Lo explores a more organic sound on this effort while retaining the exciting rhythms so essential to his music, which are rooted in the rich pop of Senegal. With countryman Youssou N'Dour at the producing helm, Lo's piercing tenor voice and passionate delivery add keen excitement to the music. There are also plenty of punchy horn charts with Pee Wee Ellis guesting. It's a delightful dance album made with great honesty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 769233005724
  • Catalog Number: 910896

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheikh Lô Primary Artist
Pee Wee Ellis Hammond Organ, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Raul d'Oliveira Trumpet
Habib Faye Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
Thio M'Baye Percussion
Babacar Faye Percussion
Daniel Ramos Trumpet
Richard Egües Flute
Joe de Jesus Trombone
Carlos González Bongos
Thierno Kouyate Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Oumar Sow Guitar
Yaure Muñiz Trumpet
Yanko Pisaco Trumpet
Badou N'Diaye Drums
Pathé Jassy Bass
Bigga Morrisson Hammond Organ
Williams Cumberbache Conga
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Ellis Horn Arrangements
Jerry Boys Engineer, Mastering
Nick Gold Producer
Youssou N'Dour Producer
Tom Leader Mastering
Cheikh Lô Liner Notes
Jenny Adlington translation
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