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  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sterns Africa
  • ASIN: B000B5IONY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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• Recorded between 1999 and 2002, Orientation was produced by Ibrahima Sylla and François Breant, both of whom were on board Salif Keita's trailblazing Soro. More than 40 Egyptian, Indian, French and Senegalese musicians were involved in the ambitious and unprecedented project that resulted in Orientation. "Thione Seck, one of Senegal's, indeed the world's, greatest singers, has created a masterpiece, a work that traverses history, geography and global culture with confidence, originality and verve. " Banning Eyre AFROPOP "... a terrific listen that will draw well-deserved attention to a great vocal talent. " Mark Hudson THE TELEGRAPH

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2005
Thione Serk has combined my 3 favorite genres of music into one great CD. Senegal, Egypt and India. Wow I could not be more happy with this innovation on my favorite music from around the world. I have not taken this CD out of my player in days.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
From Dakar to Cairo to Madras 21 Dec. 2005
By doomsdayer520 - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone on the prowl for new sounds outside of lowest-common-denominator Western music, Senegal's Thione Seck has created a remarkable and astonishing album that represents a true and original breakthrough. In a fearsome show of composition and musicianship, Seck has blended musical techniques from West Africa, the Middle East, and India into a new sound that does not feel the least bit forced, contrived, or pre-assembled. And while many of the most popular West African musicians have been looking for ways to cross over into the American or European markets, Seck has avoided stereotyping or bastardizing the authenticity of these musical traditions. Seck has convened a troupe of musicians with an incredible array of exotic instruments from all three realms; while Seck's singing voice is an especially supple and adaptable vehicle, with his vocals moving seamlessly into brave new musical territories. Perhaps the best example of the blending of widespread sounds here is "Ballago" which somehow combines sunny African vocal harmonies with stirring Eastern strings. Other favorites include "Woyatina" which is propelled by three different armies of percussion that are both cooperating and dueling with each other, and the dark and ominous "Djirim" which manages to make a saxophone and clarinet sound as haunting as the transnational dirge beneath. This album is a revelation for those starved for uncompromising and revelatory music from where Western record execs fear to tread. [~doomsdayer520~]
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best album of the year 5 Oct. 2005
By Michael Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Thione Seck is one of Senegal's greatest singers, but so far he hasn't had the same international success as Youssou N'dour & Baaba Maal. Hopefully this album will finally bring him to the world's attention.

Thione has a beautiful voice and has always incorporated Arabic & Indian influences in his music. In Orientation he goes to the source, working with Egyptian & Indian musicians in a project reminiscent of Youssou N'dour's "Egypt". Most of the songs on this album were previously released in his more traditional Senegalese style, but he gives them a complete Egyptian & Indian make-over on "Orientation".

One of the hilights of the album is "Mouhamadou Bamba", a gem he originally recorded with Orchestra Baobab.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable album 11 Oct. 2005
By G. Mehl - Published on Amazon.com
This is amazing -- the kind of album I have been waiting to hear for 10+ years. I started actively seeking world music when I came across Peter Gabriel's Passion and Real World Albums back in 1989. This album offers the kind of collaborative energy that the Passion Soundtrack did when I first heard it.

It is an unlikely mix of Bollywood, Cairo and Dakar that surprisingly works better than the attempts of his Senegalese contemporaries to bridge African and Western sounds.

Highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary Work by Seck 25 Nov. 2005
By George De Stefano - Published on Amazon.com
I agree completely with the other reviewers here. This is an extraordinary work, diverse, suprising, beautiful and haunting. And yes, it outdoes the recent efforts of such other African stars as Youssou N'Dour (whose "Egypt" I found a bit disappointing), Baba Maal, and Salif Keita. The blend of North African, Senegalese, Arab and Indian styles is seamless and original. Then there are Seck's vocals. Man, what a gorgeous voice, what technique married to passion and spiritual yearning. As you probably guess by now, I highly recommend this CD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
True World Music 18 Dec. 2005
By otserick - Published on Amazon.com
This astounding Cd is part of a Senegalese re-opening to the "East". I could write endlessly about "Orientation"'s cultural and political significance which is immense. However, what will make this music endure is its profound beauty. Thione Seck has a vocal instrument of great range and purity and the arrangements here showcase all his many strengths as an artist. It is like nothing you have ever heard before. Its melange of Senegalese, Arab, and Indian musics sounds totally natural and unforced. I prefer the title, mix and cover art of this project's Senegalese release but enough of the sublimity of the original production survive to make this the "must-have" of this year's world music offerings.
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