Super Diamono De Dakar – Dou Wey

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…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.

Youssou N’Dour – Xarit

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Further part of a fantastic morning of music. Everything I love about Youssou N’Dour.

Star Band de Dakar – Vamos Pa’al Monte

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Man, this song just made the last six and a half minutes of housework float by. You’ll recognize strains of Guantanamera throughout.  As usual, Star Band de Dakar mesmerizes:

Youssou N’Dour – Ndakarou

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Mbalax progenitor and all-around musical genius Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour released this track –blending Carlos Santana-inspired guitars and DNA-altering African rhythms– on his 2009 “Special Fin D’annee : Salegne-Salegne.”

Super Jamono de Dakar – Yaraal Sa Doom

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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.

Orchestre du Bawobab – Ma Penda

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Another one of these deeply emotional opuses from perennial favorites Orchestre du Bawobab. Full of percussion, guitars, horns, and wailing…the wailing…

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Baaba Maal-Jamma Jenngii

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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.

Habib Koite & Bamada – Mansane Cisse

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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…

Orchestra Baobab – Werente Serigne

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Submitted w/o comment b/c I’m speechless. Great riddim, vocals, horn performances: everything you love about OB.

Faran Tamba – Star Nº 1 de Dakar

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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.