…and Youssou N’Dour’s main competitor for the crown of kings of mbalax Super Diamono De Dakar. Layer on layer of beat-keeping in drums, vocals, instrumentation.
Further part of a fantastic morning of music. Everything I love about Youssou N’Dour.
I am floored: mind-blown. In a sense, this is a Senegalese concerto: comprised of identifiable parts, reflective of a central melodic motif… Everything from group harmonies and relentless rhythm section leverage to acid rock guitars.
From their 1984 release ‘Ndaxami.’ Download the entire album here.
Another one of these deeply emotional opuses from perennial favorites Orchestre du Bawobab. Full of percussion, guitars, horns, and wailing…the wailing…
Une Nuit Aun Jandeer (1978) Musicafrique MSCLP 002
Since we’re posting longtime personal favorites, I’ve hummed this song in my daughter’s ear her whole life. This might be the song that plays over my closing credits. I can’t explain why other than the song feels like a coda and I love it.
This just tugged on my ear. It’s so easy to get lost in the circular rhythmic melodies here, all weaving in and out among one another…
Submitted w/o comment b/c I’m speechless. Great riddim, vocals, horn performances: everything you love about OB.
This song just threw its arm around me and danced me around the kitchen like a drunken idiot. The rhythm will own you. Don’t click ‘play’ unless you’ve for four and a half minutes to shake a tail feather til’ it’s sore.