Today our tour around continental Africa comes to an end with the final Senegal post, we started early July 2013 and i think it was a great trip even if it was from the comfort of home, we're not finished there's two african posts still to come. As for todays posting i could have started with these upon entering Senegal but i feel compilation album are not only a great introduction but also a great epilogue and as many of the bands here have had albums introduced as well you can go back and grab some you might have passed over initially. Whatever there's plenty to....N'Joy.
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Amazing work from the Senegalese scene of the 70s – easily one of the hippest musical hotspots on the African continent at the time, as you'll hear by the wonderful tracks on this set! Senegalese groups really embrace a wide range of sounds – not just traditional elements, or occasional influences from American blues and soul, but also a good dose of Latin and Cuban music too – all wrapped together in uniquely different ways by each of the different artists in this set. There's a bit more diversity to the music here than on other regional collections, and that's what makes this one so great – a truly wonderful entry in the well-named African Pearls series.
Star Number One kicks things off with "Faran Tamba"; they also serve us "Senegal Jambar," "Suma Dom ji," "Mory," and "Kery Goro." Their cohorts Star Band de Dakar offer "Guethe," "Gossando," & "Senegambia"; and then there's the star offspring Etoile de Dakar who deliver "Tolou Badou Ndiaye," "Footane" & "Hombre Misterioso" -- and before we forget them there's Etoile 2000 with the classic "Boubou Ngary." From Baobab (who also sprang from the Star Band) we get "Nijaay," "Sey," "Xarit," "Kelen Ati," "Juana," and "El Carretero" which ends the second disc. That's 18 cuts, the remaining eight are each one-shots from bands like Ouza et ses Ouzettes, Guelwar de Banjul, Ifang Bondi, Xalam -- and some you probably haven't heard of before.
"Faran tamba" comes from a very obscure Number One de Dakar album titled "78," presumably because it was recorded in that year. Fortunately for us it was collected on Dakar Sound vol 6, titled Number 1 de Number One. "Senegal Jambaar" was on their MAAM BAMBA LP which kicks off with the great "Waalo," and again, it was collected on Number III de Number One which Günter Gretz issued from Popular African Music in 2004. "Sumadomji" was on the LP Volume 5: Yoro-Kery Goro which Eddy'Son released in Paris in 1980. It has not been anthologized yet. It's loping and laid back and worth every copper of the 79 pence. "Mory" & "Kery Goro" come from that same album and both of them can be found on Ted Jasper's Dakar Sound volume 7: NO 2 de NO 1: another Senegalese essential in your library.
Star Band was the outfit of Pape Seck and later Laye Thiam. They are similar to Baobab in their Latin leaning. I have several of their discs that have outstanding music: Volume 3 included Laba Sosseh doing his Cuban thing, but also covering a couple of Congolese hits by Bella Bella and Jean-Serge Essous. The great Mar Seck was also a vocalist, alongside Doudou Sow. "Guesthe" [sic] by Idi Diop was on Star Band vol 11, it was also on a cassette credited to Number One de Dakar. It's so hard to keeps these bands straight. "Gossando," a Cuban cover by Mar Seck, was on their volume 2, while "Sene-Gambia" was on their volume 1 "Le Miami," named for the club where they started out. The only other available tracks by them would appear to be "Noguini, Noguini" and "Cheri Coco" which kick off Dakar Sound volume 5 and give you a sense of their awe-inspiring might. The Etoile de Dakar track "Tolou Badou Ndiaye," was the first cut on their first self-produced album. Badou Ndiaye is their guitarist and young Youssou Ndour the vocalist. "Footaane" was on the classic Thiapathioly and "Hombre Mysterioso soy" was on Xalis. These tracks were gathered into the Sterns 4-CD set of Etoile de Dakar, another must-have. The Etoile 2000 song "Boubou Ngary" leads off the first Dakar Sound album with a bang. Crucial.
The six cuts from Baobab are varied: "Nijay" is from a very obscure album Senegaal Sunugaal ; "Sey" was on Guy Gu Rey GI, as were "Xarit" and "El Carretero"; "Xarit" was also on Visage Du Senegal, along with "Kelen ati len" (Disques Buur BRLP004 1975). "Juana" was a 12-inch single, so it's fair to say this is pretty rare Baobab material. "Kelen ati leen" and "Sey" were recently picked up on the Night At The Baobab disc so you surely have them, and "Nijay" was rerecorded for the Made In Dakar album, so unless you want it with too much echo and a muffled sound, you can skip it. Completists will want the three other Baobab tracks however. The Disques Buur sides have been cherry-picked but no doubt the day will come when someone has the bright idea of presenting it all together, just as the various Miles Davis or John Coltrane sessions have been reassembled.
"Manduléen" by Super Diamono is the outstanding track on their Geedy Dayaan album, I still have a post-it on the sleeve to tell me which track to play on the air. (It's a good album marred by bad synth.) Omar Pene is the vocalist. Some of the other stray tracks on this new compilation were included in a series of discs that Sylla put out in 1993 called Senegal Flash. This is a really fine collection (well, four of them anyway) but now out of print. "Relen te conten" by Guelewar and "Xalel dey mag" by Ifang Bondi, laid-back rockers, neither exceptional, come from the series. "Senegal 80" by Ouza was on an essential album: Lat-Dior, a collection of their hits assembled by Popular African Music (pam oa 208) which features that great rarity in African music: fine acoustic piano. Ouza's groove is mostly mellow though sometimes there is a jerky synthesizer in the mix to spoil thing. The Senegal Flash series contains a total of ten tracks by Ouza, perhaps worth issuing on their own as another Ouzettes album.
African Pearls - Sénégal 70 : Musical Effervescence (flac 405mb)
1-01 Star Number One - Faran Tamba 4:37
1-02 Xalam - Daïda 7:26
1-03 Super Diamono De Dakar - Maaduleen 4:49
1-04 Orchestra Baobab - Nijaay 3:37
1-05 Star Band De Dakar - Guethe 4:47
1-06 Star Number One - Senegal Jambar 6:09
1-07 Guelawar - Relen Te Contan 8:30
1-08 Watto Siita - Jambar 4:20
1-09 Star Number One - Suma Dom Ji 5:25
1-10 Etoile De Dakar - Tolou Badou Ndiaye 6:56
1-11 Star Band De Dakar - Gossando 4:53
1-12 Orchestra Baobab - Sey 5:25
1-13 Etoile De Dakar - Footane 6:59
African Pearls - Sénégal 70 : Musical Effervescence 2 (flac 389mb)
2-01 Orchestra Baobab - Xarit 6:17
2-02 Star Band De Dakar - Senegambia 5:37
2-03 Star Number One - Mory 7:49
2-04 N'Guewel - Xadim 4:54
2-05 Orchestra Baobab - Kelen Ati 6:36
2-06 Ifang Bondi - Xalel Dey Mag 4:53
2-07 Ouza - Sénégal 80 6:26
2-08 Orchestra Baobab - Juana 5:06
2-09 Etoile De Dakar - Hombre Misterlosoy 6:45
2-10 Etoile 2000 - Boubou Ngary 5:24
2-11 Diarama De St Louis - Xaste Waroul 8:41
2-12 Star Number One - Kery Goro 3:56
2-13 Orchestra Baobab - El Carretero 5:25
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Like most of the Rough Guide series, this CD takes a well-rounded, all-encompassing look at the music of a particular region, but The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal & Gambia stands out due in large part to the rich musical traditions of the region it covers. Even casual world music fans are familiar with the buoyant sounds of Senegalese singing sensations like Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal, while others like Cheikh Lo and Mansour Deck have achieved only slightly lesser international recognition. All those stars, and a few future ones, are covered on this 13-song compilation, which proves why the music of Senegal and Gambia has emerged as a worldwide favorite.
The Rough Guide To The Music Of Senegal And Gambia (flac 394mb)
01 Cheikh Lô - Jeuness Senegal 5:42
02 Assane Ndiaye & Le Raam Daan - Nguisstal 5:43
03 Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck - Loodo 6:08
04 Orchestra Baobab - Mouhamadou Bamba 6:32
05 Tata Dinding Jobarteh - Bitillo 5:21
06 Ifang Bondi - Salimata 4:08
07 Youssou N'Dour - Letter 4:13
08 Baaba Maal - Wango Arti 8:10
09 Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh - Kairaba Jabi 4:23
10 Malang Mané - Diamano Bifoula/Hal Ma Ti Wouna 4:31
11 Ismaël Lô - Taar Doucey 5:40
12 Mass Lowe - Aminatta 4:19
13 Mansour Seck - Yelayo 5:12
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