Rough Guide to Senegal

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633128420
  • Catalog Number: 1284
  • Sales rank: 115,728

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jamm - Cheikh Lô (4:49)
  2. 2 Ami Kita Bay - Orchestra Baobab (5:25)
  3. 3 Ndiatigue - Mansour Seck (5:44)
  4. 4 Amy Jotna - Sister Fa (4:15)
  5. 5 Bayil - Nuru Kane (4:27)
  6. 6 Weex Bet - Fallou Dieng (5:04)
  7. 7 Thiely - Youssou N'Dour (5:13)
  8. 8 Baydikacce - Baaba Maal (7:51)
  9. 9 Sey - Africando All Stars (5:19)
  10. 10 Soukabe Leydam - Ousmane Hamady Diop (4:49)
  11. 11 Diamono - Amadou Diagne (3:42)
  12. 12 Senegal-Mali - Diabel Cissokho (3:20)
  13. 13 Talibé - Ismaël Lô (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mamadiyel - Daby Balde (5:51)
  2. 2 Heli - Daby Balde (5:13)
  3. 3 Kaye Waxma - Daby Balde (5:07)
  4. 4 Tamania - Daby Balde (5:07)
  5. 5 Waino Blues - Daby Balde (4:22)
  6. 6 Sora - Daby Balde (4:36)
  7. 7 Mbadi - Daby Balde (5:10)
  8. 8 Halaname - Daby Balde (5:00)
  9. 9 Fouladou - Daby Balde (5:43)
  10. 10 Douna - Daby Balde (5:44)
  11. 11 Hakurujamane - Daby Balde (4:17)
  12. 12 Mbeugel - Daby Balde (5:38)
  13. 13 Mido Waino - Daby Balde (4:01)
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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
Laurence Cedar Mastering
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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