This review is from: Doumale (Audio CD)
Issa Sow plays the Senegalese raspy one string violin. It has a very African sound, much less clean and clear than a western violin.
This album is something of an overlooked gem. Sow plays alongside a big Western string section. The intro 'ouverture' has big sweeps of western violins and cellos alternating with bursts of the African violin with it's complex rougher textures. The western strings play in an Arabic way with big sweeping sounds.
Then as you reach the second track the rest of the band join in: Malick Pathe Sow on Hoddu (Senegalese name for the n'goni), Bao Cissokho on kora, there's also guitar, percussion and four great singers. The variety of the singers (Oumar Ka, Fadel Sow, Mola Sylla, Abou Diouba) adds a different sound to the tracks, as their vocal style can be quite different.
This is a wonderful album at times sounding slightly like Youssou N'dour's Egypt, Thione Seck's Orientation and even at times with it's almost American country strings like Abdel Aziz Mubarek from Sudan Abdel Aziz El Mubarak.