No matter: I once drove to Chicago in the middle of a snowstorm with it cranked up full-volume on the sound system - a strange, surrealistic experience! Here are four tracks out of seven from Doylu - blow your own mind!
Information on the backing musicians is sketchy; notably, the xalam player is not credited. She's put out a couple of cassettes since this one in the same style, which I unfortunately don't have: Daro Mbaye - Jongoma Yeewul Daro Mbaye - Beugue Yaayam Daro's career seems to have gone on hiatus in the last few years, although she occasionally performs in Spain, where her son Sidy Samb lives.
He's a rising musical star in his own right. You can see some videos by him here , here and here. Discography of Daro Mbaye. The artists in this "chosen few" get coveted spots in the chain music stores, tour the U.
I suppose I'm just cynical, or maybe I'm a bit of a snob myself. The real culprit here, if there is one, is "the invisible hand of The Market," and not anybody's malice or greed. For a number of years Youssou N'Dour, and to a lesser extent Baaba Maal, have been the "officially approved ambassadors" of Senegalese music to the rest of the world.
The many other musicians from that country who have toiled away in the local market for years have been pretty much shut out. Lam comes from a great griot family in the Cayor region of Senegal and in was selected as a featured singer at the Sorano National Theatre in Dakar. Her debut solo recording, Cheickh Anta Mbacke Syllart , was released in and since then she has issued numerous cassettes in Senegal, all but one unheard outside of the African market.
The one exception was 's Praise Shanachie , which was released in the U. When I caught her performance at the late Equator Club I wasn't disappointed. The problem was the audience: apart from a very small number of American cognoscenti and Equator Club regulars, it was composed entirely of members of the small Chicago Senegalese community.
I would like more people to be aware of the work of this consummate artist, and that is the purpose of this post. Transcendent vocals, knife-sharp guitar work, insane percussion - Galass has it all. The credits list Yahya Fall on rhythm guitar and no-one on lead, but that can't be right - the guitar plays more than a supporting role here: just check out the George Benson-ish licks on "SIDA.
The musicians are working here like a well-oiled machine. Bolognesi on horns, and Manu Lima on synthesizer, who have figured in so many Paris-based African recordings. Follow by Email. Crentsil 3 A. Augustine 2 St. Club 1 U. Showing posts with label Senegal. The trio's vocal harmonies on a couple of songs are every bit as good if not better than anything on 'Djam Leelii' or 'Tono' and other tracks show us the beauty of the pure traditional style which many I'm sure don't even know exists.
The F. Index: Ngawla, Jalalo, Thiaroye Baaba's Senegalese cassettes are always different recordings to those released in Europe. The voices and acoustic guitars of Baaba and long time friend Mansour Seck glide effortlessly through a set of wonderful songs. Their first western released album 'Djam Leelii' has stood as the bench mark against which other albums seeking 'Classic' status have been measured for some years but now this is now the new benchmark.
Baaba and gutsy voiced Maquette return to the traditional roots of Senegalese music. While it may be a bit sparse on percussion it's pure magic regarding the sound of the hoddu's three stringed lutes and Maki Sall's guitar.
Mansour Seck also gets in on the vocals but this album is really Baaba's show - literally - as it was taken from a Senegalese TV programme. Baaba's rich and intensely atmospheric vocals make the simple and softly flowing music a real gem especially when he solo's on 'Duga'. However nice the singing and guitars are Bakane won't let you forget that he is above all a drummer as he proves with a tremendous display in Tey. This is the first release by new artist Barkhane who has been taken under the wing of master guitarist and singer Lamine Faye who also arranged the album.
Amy Mbengue provides the sweet backing chorus to some of her friends and fellow members of Lemzo Diamono while the other half of the band are members of Dande Lenol. Barkhane likes to sing in the acoustic style of Baaba Maal and for a first outing this is a very impressive album indeed.
Just listen to the power and clarity of the vocals in the two versions of 'N'gaane' or the traditional Sama Dome. Senegalese rap that can really set the mood with their catchy songs.
Its definitely singing up front with the boy's guests doing their bit in real style - Youssou Ndour, Viviane, Mbaye Dieye Faye and Mbaye Ndiaye no less!
For those of you interested in drums I brought you Doudou Ndiaye Rose's hit album Djabote which after a whole years wait has only just been released over here on CD! Now I can follow that up with this lovely six track album from Boudiabay and his group.
Whilst drums are the only instruments used the call and response singing by the girls on Cowlo Ndiaye is beautiful and for those amongst us old enough to remember the sound of steam engines picking up speed wait till you hear Lebouguy, you can almost hear the engine chuckle with pleasure when she stops to fill up at the end.
Alioune isn't leading the band this time but Boy Diao is and now gets his first chance at fronting top band 'Le Kasse Star'. What a nice job of it he does too. The music is typically modern mbalax played slowly and with loads of feeling. Boy's first album didn't quite make it into the newsletter but this his second definitely has.
Manu Lima's magic touch is behind it and shows just what a bit of professional know-how can do. The album is a delightful high tec synth version of Senegalese music crossed with Zouk and Funana - a really cool blend.
Now here's something very different. Singer Bu Baca was born on the island of Goree made infamous by the slave trade but moved to Australia along with rhythm guitarist Ababacar and keyboard player Lypso Aboud.
Bu Baca's exuberant nature is infectious and clearly shows in the bright and bouncy music that is definitely dance orientated. As soon as it came on I immediately thought of the early sounds of Toure Kunda which mixed the traditional sounds of their local Casamance region with a reggae base. Index: Ernest, Bourama.
The first and title track sounded typically modern mbalax but the ears soon pricked up as the mbalax was joined by the unmistakable rhythm of zouk! A closer inspection of the sleeve notes revealed that Charles has family connections with Guadeloupe where zouk reigns supreme. She needn't have worried as the final smoochy track soon cooled me down. Very interesting and also rather nice.
After the stunning Ne La Thiass comes the superb Mbeddemi with Cheikh on top form as he strolls through a set of light and breezy songs with effortless ease. The sound is as sweet as honey with Oumar Sow playing some great guitar to the infectious pitter-pattering of the various percussion instruments. Cheikh, is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and singer who's varied and innovative styles are based upon his Mouride and Baye Fall beliefs. Whilst sounding similar to the early releases of Ismael Lo, the backing actually comes from Youssou Ndour and members of Super Etoile de Dakar.
Cheikh duets with Youssou on two tracks, the first, a version of Youssou's hit 'Set', is I think the best one I've ever heard and to finish off they sing the spine tingling and awe inspiring 'Guiss Guiss'. If you haven't got this album in your collection then you need your flippin' head testing. The music is quite varied in style and this is also reflected in the line up of musicians with a different set for each track. Definitely gets my vote.
A fine follow up to her first cassette 'Seytane' released two years ago while she was still an 18 year old student. For this recording she has assembled a killer studio band including the amazing bass guitarist Pape Dembele Diop who can be heard to great effect on the track 'Xaliss' Money on side two, a spacey, bass heavey, dance number.
The most popular track in Dakar is the title song, a warning of the dangers of bad driving, a very apt subject for road users in Dakar! Brand new album from the stunningly beautiful Coumba Gawlo Seck who is now plain Gawlo. Her singing is wonderful, the music is superb and the inlay card reads like a 'Who's Who' of West African music. Lovely album of traditional music and song with lots and lots of percussive backing.
However the percussion line-up is the prime mover on this extaordinary album. The complex drum interplay is a pleasure to listen to even if you do get lost as to who is playing what to whose whatsit! I loved her previous releases the traditional and beautiful 'Bayale' and 'Jongoma' however this one isn't quite in the same class.
The trimmed down traditional backing group has been augmented by Cheikh Tidiane Tall's keyboards which are usually very good at emphasising the traditional sounds but this time round it just hasn't clicked. Great vocals from Daro but the music is a wee bit tinselly!
This release from Daro confirms her position as one of Senegals leading female singers. Her intense vocals are backed by gentle traditional music provided by the mainly percussive sound of sabar, lamb and talmbatt.
Cheikh Tidiane Tall provides the softly throbbing bass guitar and unobtrusive keyboard backing. Abdoulaye Ba and Abdallah Diop who make up the duo Dege Gui are 'Presented by Positive Black Soul' so I was expecting a rap album but it is actually a very good mbalax album which incorporates rap style lyrics with great effect. Pape Ndiaye provides the explosive percussion while Tapha Faye takes care of programation and keyboards. Duo Dege Gui belting it out in a mix of mbalax with rap vocals.
Quite a stricking mixture. Rock mbalax innovator Demba Dia's third album sees his return to form after a lack luster second release with an album that's bursting at the seams with originality. The keyboards and horns weave a magic spell throughout but are exceptional on the title track. Rock-mbalax innovator Demba Dia's fourth album sees him with a very much changed line-up which now includes percussionist El Hadj Faye.
Also in there somewhere are invited guests Thione Seck and Ismael Lo. I liked the surprise start to track two which makes use of an old French nursery song! Seto Sete is a revamped version of Sete To Sete from the last album, a bit more mbalax than atmosphere this time.
The rock-mbalax cover of the old Toure Kunda hit Casamance is a bit unorthodox but like the rest of the album it grows on you. Great album from superb singer Demba Dia or the more apt Rock Mbalax as he is now know. Full throttle from start to finish. FATOU 3. BIL-BA 8. PEACE Pictured on the cover are five but inside the list is seventeen strong! Musically its a very laid back traditional style with djembe, tama, kora, xalam and balafon backed up by a bit of guitar.
Sounds very like Baaba's Sovenirs album. No release date on it but if memory serves me correctly this was her first release back in the early 90's. Dial or Jaal as she also known has a tremendously powerful vocal presence which scared the hell out of me and the microphone in this recording.
Track: Fawade Wele. Dial is a singer in the true classic style with a voice that that can shatter concrete and move houses faster than Pickfords. Her traditional group is very good musically and is composed of kora, guitar, xalam and sabar drums plus a sampler which lurks in the background but doesn't interfere with the real musicians.
Star of the show is definitely Dial's explosive vocals. A superb live concert recording that retains beautifully the atmospheric sound generated by the traditional instruments of the group Fulle. The thunder of the sabar drummers is the background for the rattling beat of Cheikh Faye's tama while the tinkling strings of both the kora and xalam really come alive to a degree that I've not heard on other recordings before. But, I hear you asking, what about the singer.
Well the explosive vocals of Dial and her two sweet chorus girls can't be ignored as they power out to an obviously totally enraptured audience, you hardly hear a peep out of them except when Dial talks to them. One of the best semi-traditional albums for a long time. More magic from Dial and that stunning voice of hers.
As is usual and this being her 7th album the backing of the Groupe Fulle is again on top form. Some lovely bits of music come into their own when Dial and the girls have the occasional breather to change tempo and style rather like the Congolese seben. The final track is amazing as Dial blasts out the song with just a background drone for accompaniment.
Superb traditional album with a great singer and gorgeous music. Sweet voiced young duo fronting the musical electronic wizardry provided by Cheikh Lo and Ouza with some nice sax from Thierno Kouyate.
That's what I thought as soon as I heard the opening title track to his last album Xariit Tapha and none of the other tracks were to change that first thought at all. Well the guy is about to repeat that success with this wonderful new album. Another simply brilliant album. At last Just gorgeous sit back and drift away music or what.
If you like this one then the Xarit Taffa cassettes are still available and the simpler sound will blow you away for a second time.
That's what I thought as soon as I heard the opening title track and none of the other tracks were to change that first thought at all. Recorded at Studio de L'oiseau in Paris it's almost a one man album from Diogal who composed the songs, sings them ever so sweetly and plays some gorgeous acoustic guitar backed by his own soft percussion and keyboards.
If this first album is anything to go by then he could be Senegal's answer to Gabon's Pierre Akendengue. I first listened to this album when it was released in and its been on my shelf ever since. Boy, have I been missing something for the last 20 years. CUMBE 3. Husband and wife singers Ibrahima and Fatou with another superb traditional album. Accompanied once again by Modou Fall on tama and Aly Nguer Mbaye and El Hadji Ndiaye on percussion, the album like the previous one, literally throbs from end to end.
The singing again grabs your attention but this time round there is the addition of Ibou Loba's lovely khalam playing that tinkles away over the percussive backing. Magic stuff if you are into traditional music with real fire behind it. Another gorgeous album from the popular husband and wife singing duo of Djaly Ibrahima and Fatou. He is known locally as 'Jali Bu Ngul' - or the the 'Black Jali' - as he is rather dark and his wife bleaches her skin and powders herself to accentuate the difference.
Dara Guisse as usual tinkles away furiously on the lovely sounding xalam. Smashing singing and smashing music in the traditional style. ZIKAR 6. An astoundingly powerful set of duets from husband and wife singers Ibrahima and Fatou. Very much a traditional album, its the singing that grabs and holds your attention throughout even though the mixed percussion is exquisitely played.
A really beautiful album. Index: Mbery, Nianinko, Yayou Diaga. Another beautiful release from K. Here the Cissoko family make up half the twelve strong group with Djeour's booming vocals and electifying kora playing fitting perfectly to the thumping percussion section and the girl's razor sharp chorus.
A rather unusual sound with the tinkling notes of the kora taking centre stage for once. Definitely recommended. Djiby's raspy vocals make an immediate impact as he growls into action in this lovely semi traditional style album. The sweetly sung backing comes from Goundo Cissokho while the instrument line-up is composed of kora, xalam, tama, djembe, thioung, percussion, guitare and clavier.
AICHA 6. After a remarkably successful debut in the rest of Europe Doudou and his all drum orchestra are starting to bring the roots of Senegalese drumming back to a wider audience in Africa. This album really lets fly with the dramatic massed drums pounding out their Senegalese tribal rhythms on all tracks.
The French invaders of the last century would have been quaking in their boots hearing this coming from the jungle, I know all the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I listen to it's throbbing electrifying beat.
The vocals are stunning when they put in an appearance as in the track 'Chants du Burgam'. Definitely not produced on a small scale as it sounds as if they have half the population of Dakar singing and clapping with them. Over 50 minutes of pure magic. Brilliant album in every way. I thought the opening track was very nice but the second track just blew me away totally with some great music and magic vocals.
Doudou's singing is stunning, in fact every bit as good as Youssou Ndour - and surprise suprise, yes, he's in there somewhere as well lending a hand or rather a voice to the backing.
A real gem and well worth getting. Stupendous stuff. Scream your head off time as you accompany Doudou and his crew. A third and consistantly good album from Youssou protege Doudou and his band. Recorded at Studio Xippi By Youssou's brother Ndiaga, it follows the same fast paced mbalax dance style of his other albums and as a bonus there is a cracking cover version of Hasse Walli and Asamaan's hit 'Bamba' from their album 'Tuki'. The final title track is quite different and is hopefully a peek at what is to come on future albums.
Don't miss it, this guy is good. Vocalist with Etoile and Etoile De Dakar before going on his own. I thought it was a wonderful album when I heard it first time and ordered a load. However only a few copies arrived from Senegal so I put it in my collection and forgot about it for years. Having sold the last copy it was time to archive it in my CDC collection and listening to it now in what have I been missing? Have a listen to the clips. DELUA 6. He has been through a bad patch, not helped by the bottle, especially as Senegal is predominantly a Muslim country.
This is his second release since kicking the bottle and what a scorcher it is. A virtually complete new line up this time as the 12 strong traditional group go through their paces. He has been through a bad patch, not helped by the bottle, especially as Senegal is predominantly a Muslim country but he now returns with a wonderful traditional album. His 14 strong troupe includes four chorus singers, two traditional guitars or xalams, a kora, two types of balafon, a mixture of Woloff percussion and djembe and topping it all off is Amadou Sara Ba's magic flute.
Index: Dunya Dunya and Xarit win by a whisker from the others who came second equal. Named after the slums of Dakar where he was brought up. This is a re-issue of the debut album of this eloquent and expressive Senegalese singer who so impressed listeners to last years ''Xel'' album.
Musician, actor, author and at the head of the queue to become the next Senegalese superstar. Volume 3 represents the mature phase of Etoile de Dakar's short but influential existence. Mbalax was by now firmly established as the beat of Senegal, with its complex, polyrhythmic structure providing a rich groove for relaxed dancing.
Some of the old latin influences can still be heard, especially in the horn arrangements. Yet the melody lines clearly reflect the phrasing of the Wolof language. The vocal contrast between Youssou N'Dour and El Hadji Faye boosts the dynamic tension of the music, with Youssou's distinctive voice bringing him increasing fame and adulation'.
Great set of tracks from Fallou with throbbing mbalax from start to finish. Compilation culled from previous Senegalese cassette albums Barsane [4 tracks out of 8], Beusseum-bi [3 of 9], Biri-Biri [4 of 8] and Weex Bet [1 of 8].
If you like this album and you should, then don't forget I have all the original cassettes in stock. Going up in the world - Released in this album gets a make-over from Studio Madeleine in Paris. The same line up as on his previous hit - Biri Biri with the exception of the horn section for some unknown reason. The guys in France have smoothed off the rough edges and made this a slick album which is very nice. The music is well upto standard and the vocals are terrific, very Youssou Ndour in style.
Just magic as he belts out the duet with Ndeye Fatou Camara on Deudj. BANNO 2. This is a twelve track, best of, compilation, not to be confused with Xarnu Bi the cassette from which they grabbed the title song and only that one. Released in this is an incredibly beautiful album from Fallou who was the lead singer with Lemzo Diamono until last year. A wonderful singer with a soft yet powerful vocal style which sounds almost as distinctive as Youssou Ndour's does. Backing band the D.
Gorgeous in every department. NJIIT 4. XAM - XA 8. Marvelous album released in from a guy who clearly has his sights set on Youssou's crown. His style of singing is so similar that I'm sure many people hearing him for the first time will mistake him for the king.
To show his talents the opening track builds up to a devestating dancefloor finish and is followed then by the powerfully but beautifully sung title track. The band are extreemly good and although their modern mbalax sound isn't drum heavy it still manages to throb when the guitars, led by Papis Diouf, let rip. Watch out Youssou he's after you. His last album 'Beusseum-Bi wasn't a big hit in Senegal but this album is one of Dakar's biggest hits this year. It builds fairly slowly on side 'A' before ending with the beautifully sung melody 'Beugenaia'.
Side 'B' in contrast explodes into a blistering slab of dance floor mbalax that's guaranteed to liven up any party. Fallou, now in overdrive, cruises through the songs effortlessly before ending with the atmospheric sound of 'Koleure', which if you didn't know it, you would swear was Youssou Ndour and on top form as well.
Be like everybody else in Dakar, buy one. A 'Live recording' that's quite different from the album above. It's what the Senegalese audience really want to hear and dance to, not what the CD makers over here would have us believe is popular music over there! Basically the same line up but invited guests include Ouzin Ndiaye and even Youssou Ndour. Unless you understand the words the three tracks on side 'A' will probably sound a little bit tame but as soon as you hit side 'B' it's time to hold on to your hat as the whole shebang lifts off for party time Senegal style.
The traditional sounding muslim vocal introduction hides a modern and very varied album on which kora, xalam, djembe, sabar and traditional flute play side by side with guitar and keyboards. Fanta's lovely voice doesn't overshadow her backing singers, instead it leads and blends with them at the same time. Musically most of the six tracks owe more than a little to the influence of Senegalese super group Toure Kunda who's unmistakable crossover of Reggae and Traditional music makes this album a must for my own collection.
Index: Dakar, Hady and Kenia. As soon as I heard the strings on Djiby Guisse's xalam kick off the first track I knew this was going to be something very special. I wasn't to be disappointed either, the whole album is simply dazzling from end to end. Fatou sings her heart out assisted by the mixed chorus and backed by a superb percussive line-up featuring tama, lamb, talmbatt, sabar and toungoune. Beautiful music and singing throughout. Latest release from the very popular 'Big girl about town', Fatou who's even bigger voice can be heard all over Dakar belting out her modern traditional style songs.
Lamine Faye, guitarist and leader of Lemzo Diamono, is in charge of production as there aren't any guitars to be played, while the traditional sounds of group Sope Noreyni's xalams, thiol, sabars and tama are to the fore with some nice and unintrusive keyboarding from Lemzo's Tapha Faye. Lovely album. Spine tingling music from the group and power packed vocals from Fatou. Superb album. A magic album of leumbeul dance music which is a real chassis shaker and with the scantily clad Fatou in particular it also leaves very little to the imagination.
Now Abou Diouba has helped her with her first solo release which is a tribute to her own Pulaar culture and the leumbeul dance in particular. So get ready to singe your socks while Fatou's voice bombards your hearing with stunners such as Kalidu.
Faya is a Sarahoule musician who brings a great deal of variety to the usual mbalax with his new rhythm style which he calls Tanga. This translates as 'Hot' in the Wolof language and while it isn't fast and furious, as you might suppose, it is certainly very different. Guitarists Pape Samb Gaye and Jean Gomez give a blistering performance as they join seemlessly with the hypnotic tabala percussion of Ousmane Sylla.
Jean also creeps in here and there with a bit of accordion. However all that great music palls into insignificance as Faya's incredible singing power gets to work along side the chorus of Masamba and Moustapha Faye and Alassane Fall.
The singing is awe inspiring not just for its sharpness and reverberating power but also for its beauty. An absolutely stunning album. If you have the wonderful 'Tuki' album by Hasse Walli and Asamaan you will notice straight away that this album sounds very similar in style and with good reason. This album was also recorded in Finland with the help of a few of the local musicians. However this time round Hasse Walli's magic guitar is taken up full throttle by maestro Libasse Sall.
The tama and sabar playing of Yamar Thiam is outstanding and is going to take some beating as he goes for gold on Bet Sebbi and Kham Kham, wow! Brilliant from start to finnish? Pin back your lugs as stunning singers Rane Diallo and Meissa Niang get ready to treat you to another of their wonderfully razor sharp Senegalese and Finnish collaborations. Master guitarist Libasse Sall picks out the tunes with precision while the mixed percussion just floods through your ears.
Superbly played throughout the music, like the singing is crystal clear. Lele with the haunting sounds typical of the Sahara was just wonderful, I'd just love a whole album of it. Three smashing tracks from singer and comedian Gallo who looks a bit like a black Ken Dodd with leopard skin trimmings.
He sings mbalax in a mix of English and Wolof, No, don't laugh - it's true and what's more it's very nice. However side 'B' is purely a Wolof comedy recitation. Smooth modern mbalax album from with great music from newly formed group Atlantic who come from Rufisque, a small town a few miles from Dakar. Lead singer and composer, Gorgui is a very powerful vocalist with a precise and slightly gravely delivery which is quite addictive.
With regard to the music - for a new group with no known musical names amongst them they all play superbly. Fast or slow, loud or quiet the tracks are all lovely.
NDAR 5. Very nice live album which contains most of the tracks released on their last CD. I would assume that the dancers are on stage as there are quite long periods of relatively repetative playing which doesn't however stop the crowd from roaring their approval. Great singing from the girls and nice music in the smooth style that tells you it is from the Casamance region. Track 10 although listed is missing from the CD but there are still 75 minutes of music. DOUTO Their first album Tuki sold out straight away, which wasn't a surprise.
On their next album Teranga, Finnish guitarist Hasse again spiced up the sounds of Senegal but this time with a Finnish horn line up that really projects the wonderful singing of vocalists Doudou N'diaye M'bengue and Meissa Niang. This album contains all the tracks from Teranga plus all the tracks from Tuki as well. With music and singing as good as this Youssou had better watch out for his crown. A thumping Senegalese beat and gorgeous guitars and horns makes it a superb combination of Nordic and African styles.
One of those much maligned World Music mixes that readily combine into something truly beautiful. Don't miss it. Suffering Suomi, what an album! Finnish guitarist Hasse really spices up the sounds of Senegal with some inspired improvisation and vocalists Doudou N'diaye M'bengue and Meissa Niang combine to give it that final polish.
For a number of years Youssou N'Dour, and to a lesser extent Baaba Maal, have been the "officially approved ambassadors" of Senegalese music to the rest of the world. The many other musicians from that country who have toiled away in the local market for years have been pretty much shut out.
Lam comes from a great griot family in the Cayor region of Senegal and in was selected as a featured singer at the Sorano National Theatre in Dakar.
Her debut solo recording, Cheickh Anta Mbacke Syllart , was released in and since then she has issued numerous cassettes in Senegal, all but one unheard outside of the African market. The one exception was 's Praise Shanachie , which was released in the U. When I caught her performance at the late Equator Club I wasn't disappointed. The problem was the audience: apart from a very small number of American cognoscenti and Equator Club regulars, it was composed entirely of members of the small Chicago Senegalese community.
I would like more people to be aware of the work of this consummate artist, and that is the purpose of this post. Transcendent vocals, knife-sharp guitar work, insane percussion - Galass has it all. The credits list Yahya Fall on rhythm guitar and no-one on lead, but that can't be right - the guitar plays more than a supporting role here: just check out the George Benson-ish licks on "SIDA. The musicians are working here like a well-oiled machine. Bolognesi on horns, and Manu Lima on synthesizer, who have figured in so many Paris-based African recordings.
Posted by John B. The chef here has aspirations to broaden the parameters of Eritrean cuisine by incorporating influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, certainly a noble endeavor. Aku and I both enjoyed the "Adulis Appetizer," described as "seared shrimp sauteed with tomato, scallions, cabbage and garlic, served in a spicy, light cream, parmesan, basmati rice sauce.
What a disappointment! Both featured bland chunks of meat in an insipid, watery sauce, like Eritrean food from a can, if such a thing exists. I certainly can't claim to have tried every Ethiopian or Eritrean restaurant in the US the two cuisines are almost identical , but judged by its execution of the standards, Adulis doesn't even make the top ten.
For what it's worth, my favorite Ethiopian restaurant of all time continues to be Chicago's Ras Dashen. Here's some of the music I picked up from the aforementioned pirate shack. I also obtained an almost-complete collection of the recordings of Viviane N'dour, who will be the subject of a future Dakar Divas. Here's a track from his live release Bercy Vol. To say one of these is "the greatest" is to miss the point; that's like comparing apples, oranges and kiwis.
Still, I've always had a soft spot for Thione Seck, veteran of Orchestre Baobab , whose soulful voice thrills me like no other. Posted by John B. The artists in this "chosen few" get coveted spots in the chain music stores, tour the U.Kiné LAM Chanteuse sénégalaise née à Grand Dakar dans la region de Dakar. Aprés avoir fait ses débuts dans la musique en , elle a fait partie de l'ensemble lyrique traditionnel Daniel SORANO dans les années 80 avant de poursuivre une carrière solo en créant le groupe "Kagou" en