Nomad Soul

Nomad Soul

by Baaba Maal
     
 

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Baaba Maal's first album for the upstart Palm Pictures label, Nomad Soul goes through all of the usual motions for a Maal album, which is at the same time wonderful and frustrating: frustrating given the extraordinary musical wealth of Senegal's traditional forms that is overlooked, but wonderful given the remarkable directions that artists such as Maal have

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Baaba Maal's first album for the upstart Palm Pictures label, Nomad Soul goes through all of the usual motions for a Maal album, which is at the same time wonderful and frustrating: frustrating given the extraordinary musical wealth of Senegal's traditional forms that is overlooked, but wonderful given the remarkable directions that artists such as Maal have taken with their newer, slicker productions. The basic texture of the album is almost a constant, rarely moving away from a relatively soft vocal track backed by a number of guitars and light percussion. This is music made for the Parisian market in large part, and more broadly the worldbeat market. Soft synths and keyboards exist merrily alongside soft guitars and koras. One exception from the formula on this album is the worthy "Yiriyaro (Percussion Storm)," wherein Maal's vocals are backed by a troupe of sabar players (more or less a Senegalese version of a djembe, with a harsh sound from the use of a stick for playing). Fans of Baaba Maal will probably already know and love this album and, more than likely, newcomers to his sound will be just as pleased with this one as with any other.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Palm Pictures (Audio
UPC:
0660200200220
catalogNumber:
2002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baaba Maal   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Tonia Lo   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Thio M'Baye   Djembe
Bada Seck   Percussion
Mansour Seck   Background Vocals
Kauwding Cissokho   Kora
Daande Lenol   Group
Baayo Ndiaye   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elhadji Niang   Bass
Screaming Orphans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ndongo Mbaye   Percussion,Dancer,Sabar

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Producer
Jon Hassell   Producer
Ron Aslan   Producer,Engineer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Producer
Massamba Diop   Tama
Brian Eno   Producer
Howie B   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mykaell S. Riley   Producer
Martin Russell   Producer,Engineer
Simon Emmerson   Producer
Donal Hodgson   Engineer
Luciano   Contributor
Nick Fisher   Producer
Big C   Programming,Producer
Paul "Groucho" Smykle   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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