Orientation

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Stern's Africa
  • UPC: 740042110021
  • Catalog Number: 1100
  • Sales rank: 258,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Siw (4:45)
  2. 2 Yaye - Rehab (5:58)
  3. 3 Blain Djigueul (4:11)
  4. 4 Woyatina - Rehab (5:37)
  5. 5 Mapenda (5:32)
  6. 6 Manmignoul (4:48)
  7. 7 Ballago (5:25)
  8. 8 Assalo (5:25)
  9. 9 Mouhahibou (5:13)
  10. 10 Djirim (5:42)
  11. 11 Doom (4:02)
  12. 12 Mouhamadou Bamba (3:12)
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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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