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Senegal - the Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal and the Gambia

Various Artists Audio CD

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While Senegal hums merrily along, the Gambia is mired in poverty: yet culturally these contiguous states are as alike as peas in a pod. In common with Mali and Guinea, they both derive their music from the griot tradition, whose roots lie seven centuries back in the Mande Empire. Every one of these 13 tracks is a delight, and while it's nice to hear the insinuating tones of Youssou N'Dour and the sweetly melodious sound of Cheikh Lo and his band, the more recherche tracks are much more interesting. My favourite is a song from the Gambian griot Tata Dinding Jobarteh, whose kora playing--on the West-African cross between harp and lute--comes from a graceful, pre-electronic age. Most of the groups gathered here purvey village sounds rather than the blare of the stadium; one track reflects the merry slap of the "balafon" (Africa's wooden xylophone) in a coconut grove, while another comes swathed in riverside sounds. Finally, a serious criticism: we may get good biogs of the stars on this disc, but we are told nothing about the tracks' content, and are given no names of accompanying musicians. This suggests a lack of respect--for the artists' work, and for the listener's intelligence. --Michael Church

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sene-Gambian Pop! Wow! 5 Mar 2002
By Zekeriyah - Published on
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West Africa is famous for its great musicians. Indeed, many styles of music, such as the Blues, Jazz and Reggae, are believed to have their origins in the hereditary musician traditions of west Africa (particuarly the kingdom of Mali). Whether or not this is true, the music on this CD is particularly moving and beautiful. Another compilation in the Rough Guides series, this CD explores the musical traditions of the west African countries of Senegal and Gambia.
Several big names, such as Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, Ismael Lo and Cheikh Lo, all appear on this CD, with excellent contributions from each. However, there is more to this music than the big names, already familar to the west. The songs "Kairaba Jabi" and "Nguisstal" are both excellent examples of Sene-Gambian music, and the number done by Orchestra Baobab is wonderfully lively. Over all, this CD is an excellent compilation of Sene-Gambian pop music, showcasing a variety of styles and artists. Go with it!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional, the best of the rough guide series 11 Aug 2003
By brigid o'shaughnessy - Published on
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This CD knocked me out from the first note. After listening to it on the bus 400 times I actually bought the Lonely Planet Senegal & Gambia (sorry Rough Guide...). The music of this region is jazzy, smooth, soulful, and completely unique. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly, relaxing music at its best 11 Aug 2008
By Carole Holmberg - Published on
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5 stars. No matter your musical orientation, you will enjoy this collage. It has a humane, attractive quality about it.
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