Orientation

Orientation

by Thione Seck
     
 
It's interesting: not long after Senegal's Youssou N'Dour released his very different but celebrated Egypt, countryman Seck -- always a contender but never the champion -- came out with the relatively similar Orientation. Both were recorded a few years previously, and both take the singers into the Arabic world of swirling Egyptian

Overview

It's interesting: not long after Senegal's Youssou N'Dour released his very different but celebrated Egypt, countryman Seck -- always a contender but never the champion -- came out with the relatively similar Orientation. Both were recorded a few years previously, and both take the singers into the Arabic world of swirling Egyptian strings in glorious fashion. Both come from the mbalax style, very rhythmic and powerful, and emerge into a world of flowing melody. What's most notable is that Seck, the lesser-known name, might have released the more satisfying disc. Seck has always had a more theatrical style, carrying the influence of Bollywood soundtracks, and it serves him particularly well here. The musicians -- from both Egypt and India -- make a glorious, complex noise, with some well-crafted and often inspired arrangements, while Seck wails melismatically over the top, giving everything to each song. Yes, it's a big widescreen production, but never completely over the top. Instead, it's the album of Seck's career -- but unfortunately is likely to suffer in comparison with the N'Dour CD, and be seen as a touch of bandwagon jumping. The irony is that, had Orientation been released when it was completed three years previously, it could have made Seck into a massive star. As it is, hardly anyone probably knows it's out.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Sterns Africa
UPC:
0740042110021
catalogNumber:
1100
Rank:
198581

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thione Seck   Primary Artist
François Bréant   Bass,Percussion,Conductor,Keyboards,Kalimba,Taragat,Shaker,Duggi Tarang
Nicolas Gueret   Flute,Saxophone
Thio M'Baye   Conga,Djembe,Sabar
Laobe Samba Ndiaye   Bass
Phillippe Noharet   Double Bass
George Seba   Background Vocals
Herve Cavelier   Violin
Agnès Toussaint   Viola
Marc de Nattes   Violin
Anne Gravolin   Violin
A. K. Devi   Veena
Mohamed Bou Ammar   Darbouka,Taragat,Daff,Qraqeb
Jean Claude Auclin   Cello
K.V. Balakrishnan   Tabla,Mridamgam,Dholak
S. Balesh   Shehnai
Daniel Beaussié   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Mohamed Bouamar   Darbouka
Vincent Debruine   Viola
Khadija ElEfrit   Kanoon
Farhat   Violin
S. Ganga   Background Vocals
Alain Grange   Cello
Jéròme Grefin   Double Bass
Diarra Gueye   Background Vocals
S. Karthick   Ghatam
Tsidii Le Loka   Background Vocals
Mathurin Mbaye   Sabar
Nabil Abd Mouleh   Kavala
Lakshmi Narayanan   Tamboura
Naveel   Flute
Arnaud Nuovolone   Violin
Mamadou Ndiaye Papis   Synthesizer
G. Parthasarathy   Duggi Tarang
S. Radhakrishnan   Violin
Moulay Ahmed Ragragui   Violin
R. Reshmi   Background Vocals
Paul Jacobs   Bass

Technical Credits

François Bréant   Arranger,Producer
Hubert Salou   Engineer
Ibrahima Sylla   Executive Producer
Thione Seck   Composer
Didier Weiss   Engineer
Mohamed Bou Ammar   Contributor
Ken Braun   Liner Notes
Dara Guissé   Contributor
Fakher Hakima   Casting
Mathurin Mbaye   Contributor
Paul Jacobs   Casting

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