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The Lion

Youssou N'Dour Audio CD
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After countless forays into the western world, Youssou N'Dour chose Dakar as a base from which to lead his geopolitical campaign in music. His strategy is pan-African: "What all of us Africans share is much more important than what we don't share," says this elegant, fifty-year old youngster, who grew up in the Medina in Senegal's capital city, Dakar. Bringing unity to ... Read more in Amazon's Youssou N'Dour Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Disky Communications
  • ASIN: B00005NTVF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fusion of African and Western 1 Dec 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that gave N’Dour an international audience. It opens with the lilting The Lion/Gaiende, followed by the soulful Shakin’ The Tree where Peter Gabriel contributes vocals, the lively, fast-paced Kocc Barma and Bamako, a jazzy track. Old Tucson has a charming R&B flavor, Macoy is atmospheric and subdued, while Sama Doom is another polirhythmic delight. N’Dour sings in both English and Wolof, his native language, but his voice is so expressive that language doesn’t matter much. The instrumentation and backing vocals are elegant and graceful throughout – full marks for expert production. Although not quite as magnificent as his opus magnum Eyes Open, The Lion is very accessible without compromising the integrity of the artist’s roots, a highly successful fusion of Western and African.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fusion of Western and African sounds 29 July 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that gave N'Dour an international audience. It opens with the lilting The Lion/Gaiende, followed by the soulful Shakin' The Tree where Peter Gabriel contributes vocals, the lively, fast-paced Kocc Barma and Bamako, a jazzy track.
Old Tucson has a charming R&B flavor, Macoy is atmospheric and subdued, while Sama Doom is another polyrhythmic delight. N'Dour sings in both English and Wolof, his native language, but his voice is so expressive that language doesn't matter much.
The instrumentation and backing vocals are elegant and graceful throughout - full marks for expert production. Although not quite as magnificent as his classic album Eyes Open, The Lion is very accessible without compromising the integrity of the artist's roots, a highly successful fusion of Western and African sounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to mention... 9 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Youssou N`dour is a unique phenomenon in modern music. And the opinion that modern western consumers have about him is not right. The exorbitant success of "7 Seconds"/w Neneh Cherry and collaboration with Peter Gabriel gave him a fame of a professional back-vocalist, peculiar "traditional pop-music" with ethnical salt. (As a rule nobody pays special attention to the text especially if it's performed in an unknown Wolof language.)
Western producers usually incline to start with simple things (cut out or make softer everything that is unusual), to distil sound and to use the temporary band consisting of typical studio professionals who can't improvise themselves. The album "The Lion/Gaiende" which I'm going to speak on is the victim of such an approach though it's worth it. But a snobbish pejorative attitude of the critics to this album seems to me injust too. I might be partial `cause my love for Youssou N`dour, and "ethno-music" in general, started with this recording.
But I'd like to mention...
The album is uneven and it's hard to listen to the whole of it. Psychologically, the most important central part is given two rather colorless westernized pop-songs - "The Truth" and "Old Tucson". The more interesting versions are "Bes" and "Sama Doom (My Daughter)". The latter - a fusion of American jazz (that is David Sancious's saxophone solo efficiently dubbed into the texture) and mbalax style created by Youssou and other modern Senegal musicians efforts - was performed with sincere warmth. Remix of Peter Gabriel's famous "Shakin` The Tree"/w author appeared for two reasons: the producer` wish to bind a unknown singer with a star and Youssou N`dour's acknowledgement to Peter Gabriel who did his best to popularize modern ethnical music (DIEURE DIEUF Peter Gabriel).
"The Lion/Gaiende" and "Kocc Barma" are two examples of pure mbalax with wonderfully recorded tama (a talking drum), and sabar-drum rhythm tracks. "The Lion" at that is the perfect composition for studying and explaining the musical basic of the style and the acoustic role of separate instruments.
And now for real masterpieces of that album - Bamako and Macoy...
The first song is a hard-felt story over a fleeting meeting with a girl in Bamako. Overdubbing of vocal tracks is fantastic.
Macoy - powerful ethno-hymn with all the style components in western understanding: the wall of synthesized sound, endless overdubbing, female choir and arrangement influenced by Peter Gabriel. The way Youssou N`dour makes of his voice out of this set is unbelievable. The song gains a certain depth, definite pain and passion.
These songs still leave in your heart which, in fact, is main reason for listening to music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The breakthrough album 1 Dec 2002
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that gave N'Dour an international audience. It opens with the lilting The Lion/Gaiende, followed by the soulful Shakin' The Tree where Peter Gabriel contributes vocals, the lively, fast-paced Kocc Barma and Bamako, a jazzy track. Old Tucson has a charming R&B flavor, Macoy is atmospheric and subdued, while Sama Doom is another polirhythmic delight. N'Dour sings in both English and Wolof, his native language, but his voice is so expressive that language doesn't matter much. The instrumentation and backing vocals are elegant and graceful throughout - full marks for expert production. The Lion is very accessible, without compromising the integrity of the artist's roots, a highly successful fusion of Western and African.
4.0 out of 5 stars Appealing fusion of African and Western sounds 5 July 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that gave N'Dour an international audience. It opens with the lilting The Lion/Gaiende, followed by the soulful Shakin' The Tree where Peter Gabriel contributes vocals, the lively, fast-paced Kocc Barma and Bamako, a jazzy track.

Old Tucson has a charming R&B flavor, Macoy is atmospheric and subdued, while Sama Doom is another polyrhythmic delight. N'Dour sings in both English and Wolof, his native language, but his voice is so expressive that language doesn't matter much.

The instrumentation and backing vocals are elegant and graceful throughout - full marks for expert production. Although not quite as magnificent as his classic album Eyes Open, The Lion is very accessible without compromising the integrity of the artist's roots, a highly successful fusion of Western and African sounds.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is excellent!!! 25 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The music is wonderful. Also, the words to the songs are very insightful. Youssou's voice is great!!
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