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Rough Guide to Senegal
     

Rough Guide to Senegal

 
Senegal certainly punches above its weight when it comes to producing musical talent. Many of those major stars are on this disc, people like Youssou N'Dour (of course), Baaba Maal and his companion Mansour Seck, Orchestra Baobab, Cheikh Lô,

Overview

Senegal certainly punches above its weight when it comes to producing musical talent. Many of those major stars are on this disc, people like Youssou N'Dour (of course), Baaba Maal and his companion Mansour Seck, Orchestra Baobab, Cheikh Lô, Ismaël Lô, and others. It also serves as a reminder that Cuban music has exerted huge influence on the development of the Senegalese sound (indeed, all of West Africa), and salsa, too, is part of Africando's raison d'être -- and they do it superbly, with an African twist. Naturally, mbalax, the spring native rhythm that propelled N'Dour to stardom, is shown, not so much in the Etoile de Dakar track, where N'Dour's inimitable griot wail is in gorgeous evidence (instead it's a slow track, which builds in pace and intensity toward the end), but certainly in the work of Fallou Dieng, wonderfully energetic and urgent. Ismaël Lô, often referred to as the Senegalese Dylan, brings a softer touch to close the disc and shows more of the breadth of fabulous music from Senegal, while the hip-hop of Sister Fa stands for a newer generation. While this touches on all the major points, it would have been more interesting if the disc had offered greater focus on emerging performers rather than established stars. That said, the additional disc comes from Daby Balde, one who's coming up.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633128420
catalogNumber:
1284
Rank:
13248

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Baaba Maal   Composer
Ismaël Lô   Composer
Youssou N'Dour   Composer
Mansour Seck   Composer
Thione Seck   Composer
Cheikh Lô   Composer
Fallou Dieng   Composer
Thierry Fournel   Composer
Daby Balde   Composer
Irène Rognier   translation
Rachel Jackson   Liner Notes
Diabel Cissokho   Composer
Amadou Diagne   Composer
Daniel Rosenberg   Liner Notes
Cheikh Ahmed Tidiane Dieng   Composer
Barthelmy Attisso   Arranger
Amy Jotna   Composer
Ousmane Hamady Diop   Composer
Martin Haberfellner   Photo Courtesy
Ibraima Sylla   Photo Courtesy
Rudy Gromis   Composer
Papa Nouroudine Kane   Composer,Lyricist

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