Firin' in Fouta

Firin' in Fouta

by Baaba Maal


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Firin' in Fouta

Senegalese pop legend-to-be Baaba Maal released Firin' in Fouta in 1994. The album starts with a tribute to his bass player (and his family lineage of griots). Following is a tribute to African women that has more than a tinge of Latin thrown in. "Swing Yela" is a piece infused with more than his usual amount of pop, including a small dose of rap. Following songs range in topic from the Muslim faith to the world market to children's games. The thing that makes Baaba Maal appealing, especially on the Western market, is the way in which he combines seemingly traditional vocal techniques with up to date instrumentation. The keyboards and, more importantly, the drum loops give the songs a deep European club feel along with a strong push in the way of the vocals. Overall, its not a bad album in any way, though it could be attacked by fundamentalists on either side of the range of the album. African traditional music fanatics as well as Parisian clubbers. Conversely, it could easily be embraced by both. For a look into the brightest form of new music in the worldbeat tradition (traditional + western = worldbeat), Firin' in Fouta might be a pretty good shot.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/1994
Label: Mango
UPC: 0016253994423
catalogNumber: 539944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baaba Maal   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Bodhran,Bazouki
Ron Aslan   Keyboards
Chris Ballin   Background Vocals
David Bottrill   Keyboards
Michael Brook   Acoustic Guitar
Hilaire Chaby   Keyboards
Assane N'Daye Cisse   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Simon Clarke   Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone
Alec Dankworth   Double Bass
Massamba Diop   Drums,talking drum
Alioune Dioue   Drums,Loops
Richard Edwards   Tenor Saxophone,Bass Trombone
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Gina Foster   Background Vocals
Simon Gardner   Trumpet
Jah Wobble   Bass
Sidiki Kouyate   Bass Guitar
Tonia Lo   Background Vocals
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Carole Rowley   Background Vocals
Aziz Samb   Background Vocals
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Bada Seck   Percussion
Mansour Seck   Background Vocals
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Didier Awadi   Rap
Amadou Barry   Rap
Kauwding Cissokho   Kora
Pilenses de Abodjene   Percussion
Denna Dia   Hoddu
Simon Hale   Strings,Keyboards
Daande Lenol   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tonie Lo   Background Vocals
Ahmed Maal   Background Vocals
Myrdhin   Harp,celtic harp
Baayo Ndiaye   Saxophone
Elhadji Niang   Keyboards
Positive Black Soul   Vocals
Alastair Gavin   Piano
Mike Brooke   Guitar
Andy Shephard   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Contributor
Ron Aslan   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,beats
Chris Ballin   Contributor
David Bottrill   Engineer,Contributor
Hilaire Chaby   Contributor
Alioune Dioue   Loop
Claudia Fontaine   Contributor
Gina Foster   Contributor
Simon Jeffes   Arranger,Contributor,String Arrangements
London Session Orchestra   Contributor
Martin Russell   Engineer
Aziz Samb   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Director
Simon Emmerson   Producer
Pilenses de Abodjene   Contributor
Simon Hale   Contributor
Ouzin   Engineer
Makan Tournkara   Contributor
Suzette Newman   Executive Producer
Alastair Gavin   Contributor
Swing Yela   Programming
Jules Brookes   Composer,Programming,Producer

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