Jan 13, 2015

RhoDeo 1502 Roots

Hello, Charlie here..good to see so many demonstrating their disgust over what happened in Paris last week, but I doubt very much the extremists care. Unfortunately the designers of Islam tried to make sure there would be no development and it has to be said they largely succeeded in keeping their submissive followers down and in a state of ignorance, the only braintraining a muslim gets is learning the Koran by heart, as for females well these are solely kept for breeding purposes. It always saddens me to see muslima's defending their faith but then women are strange..they marry psychopaths serving lifesentences. Anyway if muslim women want to, they could easily end the oppression by simply strangling every male newborn..just an idea and subsequently emigrate to China where there's a serious shortage of women (100 million plus) wink wink

Today Senegalese guitarist, harmonica player and singer Ismael Lo is a rising star of world music. With his smooth multi-textured voice and low-key folky style, he and his 12-piece band play strong, complex, percussion-laden mbalax songs that discuss important topics in Senegal ranging from racism and respect to immigration. There's 5 complete albums here Ismael's first albums are the bonus devided over Natt and Diawar...N'Joy.

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Ismael was born into a Muslim family in Dongo Buti, Niger, the son of a Senegalese father and Nigerian mother; they moved to Rufisque, Senegal while Lo was still quite young. His father had two wives and between them they had 18 children. Lo is the only one who became a musician. He loved music from an early age and got his start playing a homemade one-string guitar. Early American influences included Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Etta James, and he learned their songs by listening to the radio. At first he only played for the joy of it and never considered performing, but then an older brother, who owned a club, asked him to play on a local television show, "Tele Variety." Lo said no the first time, and continued to study decorating and painting at a trade school, but a few months later he reconsidered and appeared on the show. He was an instant hit and this inspired him to think about performing full-time. One week later, Lo again appeared on the show and was paid $300 for his work.

In the 1970s, Lo studied at the School of Art in Dakar. In 1979, singer/songwriter Omar Pene invited Lo to play in his popular group Super Diamono de Dakar, a band that played mbalax-blues, a mixture of Cuban and Senegalese rhythms. Lo, with his talent for guitar playing and songwriting, quickly established himself as a key figure in the band and soon became the second lead singer, backup singer and rhythm guitarist. By the early '80s he found himself wanting to launch a solo career, but felt like he would leave a gaping hole in the band that could destroy it. In 1984, the pressure became too much and he left for Spain to do some painting. He began recording as a solo artist upon his return. His first albums included Xalat, Xiff, Natt, and Gor Sayina, and a self-titled album released on Mango in 1992.

Two years later, Lo released his second full-length album, Iso (named for Lo's childhood nickname). The album was met with critical acclaim in France, and Lo toured Africa the following year in support of the release. His first compilation disc, Jammu Africa, featuring a duet with Marianne Faithfull, was released in 1996, and soon after Lo was invited to perform at L'Olympia with Jane Birken. After touring the globe for a few years, a third solo effort, Dabah (named in honor of the Senegalese artist Dabah Malik) came out in 2001, and in the following year the French government dubbed Lo a Knight of the Legion of Honor. He toured Europe and Africa over the course of the next two years, and in 2006 he released Senegal and African Nights. which was recorded in Dakar, Paris and London. Lo says of it, "Giving this album the title Sénégal was my way of paying tribute to my own country, in recognition of all its gifts to me"

In 1997, Lo starred in Moussa Sene Absa's film 'Tableau Ferraille' (Iron Landscape). In 2002, he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor.

The film "Shake Hands with the Devil (2007 film)", about the Rwandan genocide, starts with Lo's song "Jammu Africa".

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Senegalese bands as a whole are consistently into electronics and crossover, in a way that constitutes a new national sound rather than a hit-hunting aberration. Lo is typical, in that you may find almost anything going on under his mellow Sahelian vocals -- but all of it with the conviction that comes from doing what you like rather than what you think will sell.  Melifluous, gentle balads with bags of atmosphere.

He learned everything from Omar Pene by long time in his group to play with, but the voice of Ismaël Lô was too good to stay in the background. His style as a solo artist leans somewhat to those of Omar Pene, but he adds many more influences from Mali and Cameroon, for example, making him a more pan-African sound. His most known songs are ballads whose Tadieu Bone (found on this album) as its classic is considered. Ismaël Lô brings on such an exciting alternation of Natt ballads with more uptempo songs in which there may be occasionally danced. The typical Senegalese percussion is never far away. But it is above all its sublime, discrete guitar playing that most attracts attention. NATT is thereby a very accessible African album.

Ismaël Lô - Natt  (flac  400mb)

01 Xalat (from the LP Xalat) 5:29
02 Natt 4:50
03 Xiif (from the LP Xiff) 4:15
04 Djola Kele 7:28
05 Ataya 5:45
06 Tadieu Bone 4:49
07 Dioumaa (from the LP Xiff) 5:45
08 Talibe (from the LP Xalat) 4:17
09 Alal (from the LP Xiff) 6:30
10 Samag La 6:10
11 Mougneul 5:00
12 Lote Lo (from the LP Xalat) 6:32

Ismaël Lô - Natt  (ogg  165mb)

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From the great Senegalese vocalist Ismael Lo comes this album, his fourth solo effort (though it also includes a number of tracks from his sophomore release, Xiff). The horn arrangements are tight, and the combination of horns and guitar lines makes for a nice, danceable groove throughout the album. Aside from the superb instrumental work, however, Lo's voice is really the star of the album. At times able to command the full capacity of many of his African vocalist predecessors (Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, etc.), he is also capable of providing a nice, soft vocal texture to lay over the top of the instrumental end if necessary. The voice (and the mastering) has a slight echoing quality to it throughout the duration of the album, which can at times add to the feel of a ballad and at times perhaps get in the way of a quicker funk riff on the guitars. Still, it is a minor flaw in an otherwise stunning album. Anyone following the career of Lo probably already has this album, but those who have yet to hear his vocal prowess would do well to pick this one up and learn of it.

Ismaël Lô -  Diawar  (flac  394mb)

01 Jelebi 5:57
02 Sophia 6:44
03 Taar Dousey 5:42
04 Diawar 4:54
05 Jalia 5:25
06 Adou Calpe 6:25
07 Xamul Dara 4:21 (from the LP Xalat)
08 Fa Diallo 5:54 (from the LP Xalat)
09 Mariama 6:31 (from the LP Xalat)
10 Ceddo (from the LP Xiff) 6:05
11 Marie Lo (from the LP Xiff) 5:00
12 Bode Gor (from the LP Xiff) 3:42

Ismaël Lô -  Diawar (ogg 163mb )
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Moody guitar finger-picking and Dylan-esque harmonica playing kick off this attractive pop amalgam of American and Manding folk styles, which ultimately shifts into straightahead mbalax. For filmbuffs, Ismael's Tajabone haunting Almodovar's "Todo sobre mi madre"(All About My Mother) track opens this album..very gripping stuff...

Ismaël Lô -  Ismael Lo  (flac  198mb)

01 Tajabone 4:04
02 Raciste 4:20
03 Ale Lo 4:08
04 Jiggenu Ndakaru 3:46
05 Fa Diallo 3:33
06 Souleymane 5:30
07 M' Barawath 5:08
08 Nene 4:26

Ismaël Lô -  Ismael Lo  (ogg 81mb)

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