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1. Le Passeur
2. Everything (...Is Never Quite Enough)
3. Ramatu (Album Version)
4. Samba Le Berger
5. African Dream
6. Dem Ba Ma
7. Digge
8. Dune
9. Soweto Daal
10. DeFaal Lu Wor (Once In A Lifetime)
11. No Sant
12. Kaay Niu Gospel
13. Julia
14. Holaal Bu Bash
15. Rai M'Bele
16. Ballad Of The Feather
17. My Son
18. Ma Na
19. Les Gueux

Product Description

The music scene in Senegal is a vibrant one that includes such international stars as Youssou N'Dour, Orchestra Baobab, and Cheikh Lô. Singer/guitarist/producer Wasis Diop is on that elevated list as well. The reason for it is readily apparent on this greatest hits collection Everything Is Never Quite Enough. Here we get one new song (opener "Le Passeur") and 18 other tunes culled from No Sant (What's Your Name), Toxu, and his soundtrack to the movie Hyenes. Not an artist for the African music purist, Diop creates a modern multi-layered sound that skilfully weaves in elements of jazz, rock and soul as well as indigenous music from other countries. It's the polar opposite of a field recording, but the fusion is nonetheless a skilful one. One does wonder why Diop's first album in five years is a collection of old material, but this is a fine and readily available stopgap while we're waiting. --Tad Hendrickson,

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I loved it. 28 Dec. 2006
By Brittany Harris - Published on
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I bought this album because I knew there was a song from The Thomas Crowne Affair on it, and I couldn't think of any of those songs that I wouldn't like. I really had no idea what I was getting, and DID I LUCK OUT!! The first time I listened to the album, I must have sat through the first 20 minutes with an incredulous grin on my face, it was that well done and that much fun.

It is a polished recording with great sound, interesting songs, and great percussion. If you like world music of any kind, it is hard for me to imagine you won't feel the same way I do about this album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fuses his African roots with a modern studio-enhanced pop 1 Sept. 2004
By D. Donovan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Many folk-rooted artists yearn for international success, and many struggle with the urges to modernize versus being true to their roots: Wasis Diop is one of the few to succeed at fusing his African roots with a modern studio-enhanced pop sound.

 He has succeeded so well that most people reading this review will already have heard some of these songs on the radio: this is a 'greatest hits' album and public, college and independent radio have all gotten hip to Wasis Diop.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful 3 Nov. 2011
By Ingrid - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought his album "Toxu" (1998) and fell so much in love with his music that I had to buy more albums. This is my second and I love it even more than "Toxu". Most lyrics I don't understand since it is in Wolof, but it doesn't matter. The music and the voice are enough in itself. I play it over and over and I can't get enough, it fills my body and heart with such a good feeling. Love it and recommend it heartily.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can't Get Enough of Wasis 20 Dec. 2007
By Falstaff - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this CD for about 1 yr and it is played over and over and over. There is not one single cut that isn't wonderful. I consider this to be easy listening music, which is not what I generally listen to. If you are someone who likes "easy listening" this CD is for you. It's the best of it's class and I wish Wasis would get busy and create more fabulous sounds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Carried Away 17 Feb. 2007
By Marsha L. Huebner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The more I listen to this CD, the more amazed at the talented musicians of Africa. Wasis Diop is first on my list. It deserved a Grammy. Every cut is masterful and transports me to the soul of the world, Africa.
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