Nomad Soul

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/1998
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • UPC: 660200200220
  • Catalog Number: 2002
  • Sales rank: 127,781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Souka Nayo (I Will Follow You) (6:24)
  2. 2 Africans Unite (Yolela) (3:40)
  3. 3 Mbolo (5:45)
  4. 4 Cherie (7:07)
  5. 5 Fanta (4:58)
  6. 6 Guelel (6:13)
  7. 7 Douwayra (4:12)
  8. 8 Iawa (5:09)
  9. 9 Yiriyaro (Percussion Storm) (4:52)
  10. 10 Koni (6:26)
  11. 11 Lam Lam (12:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baaba Maal Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
The 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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