Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Return to Africa" Youssou N'Dour's marsterpiece-*****, 31 Oct 2002
This review is from: Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) (Audio CD)
During 20 years in the music industry Youssou N'Dour has sung in English, French and Wolof, The language of his grigot(praise-singing) ancestors. Already well established on the West African music scene it was't until 1994 that N'Dour hit international acclaim with his award winning album "The Guide" featuring a blistering duet with Nina Cherry in "Seven Seconds". Since his last album Jololi in 2000 which had a heavy western influnce with songs recorded alongside artists such as Wycleff and sting, N'Dour has returned to his roots to find inspiration for Nothing's in Vain his most traditional and prehaps his best album--yet. This beautiful collection of songs are among N'Dour's finest and have a very uplifting feel to them. Accompanied by the 8 piece backing band Super Etoile, traditional players on the Kora (harp lute) balafon (xylophone) and xalam (lute), and not forgetting N'Dour's Spine-tingling 7 octave voice, the ingredients are all there. All this along with chattering guitars and talking drums make this is a must have album for all world music and in fact all music lovers. YOUSSOU N'DOUR TRULY IS A WORLD CLASS ARTIST.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but not his best, 11 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of Youssou N'Dour's music for about 10 years now and am disappointed to see that he feels the need to produce music for the Western public differently from what he produces for the Senegalese market.
'Nothing is in vain' is a beautiful album, like anything that has ever come from Youssou N'Dour, yet most of the rythms are addapted to the western ear and they lack the amazing force of his original mbalax stuff.
Maybe I am oldfashioned, but I want him to get back to what he did on his previous albums, even Joko is less western for my taste. But as he said in his song Birima on the Joko (the way it was translated to me by a Senegalese friend): 'Whereever you will go or what ever you will do, I will follow'. Youssou N'Dour is still the King of African music.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new fan, 30 Oct 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) (Audio CD)
I have only heard about this album recently and have really enjoyed the range and breadth of this artist's voice and music. Looking forward to more!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Senegal's sublime master returns, 10 Nov 2002
This review is from: Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) (Audio CD)
For those thinking that N'dour had lost his roots, or that they'd heard enough World Music, Youssou's latest is an inspiration. Using, predominantly, traditional influences and instruments, Youssou has created a treasure.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pause in a magnificent trajectory, 18 Mar 2004
By 
Mr. Nadim Bakhshov "Nadim Bakhshov" (Bloomsbury, London) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) (Audio CD)
Youssou takes a side-step in what some might see as a clear linear superstar trajectory to breathe and contemplate some strange musical flavour that will not appeal to the purist. It mixes styles and instrumentations but works at a gentler level.
Some of the pieces are the warmest he has ever written.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer)
Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Reer) by Youssou N'Dour (Audio CD - 2002)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews