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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • ASIN: B00005A7PH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) is Baaba Maal's unplugged album and a gorgeous thing it is too. Fans of earlier, traditional and mostly acoustic recordings like Baayo and Djam Leelii will be over the moon. The main difference from those albums is that Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) casts its net beyond Maal's home town of Podor in Northern Senegal for musical inspiration. Instead of looking overseas as he did on his previous two studio albums, however, he focuses on neighbouring parts of West Africa. As well as the usual local styles of yela and mbalax, there are influences from Mali, Guinea and the south of Senegal. The album was recorded in relaxed, outdoor night-time sessions at one of Maal's homes, with incidental sounds of village life and crickets creating a richly atmospheric backdrop. His captivating voice is never drowned out by the acoustic arrangements, which include delicate traditional instruments such as kora, Fulani flute, the banjo-like hoddu, balafon and various drums. And of course there's his trademark acoustic guitar alongside that of long-term sidekick Mansour Seck. Don't expect dancefloor fillers but prepare for plenty of spiritualised spine-tingling songs. --Jon Lusk

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This is a superb collection of beautifully chilled acoustic songs. The producer John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead) has captured a gorgeous sound comprising of Baba's sweet trilling voice mixed with acoustic instruments including Chris Franck s (of Smoke City and Da Lata fame) gentle brazillian percussion. You can even hear the chirrups of insects intermingled with the glorious music. A proper chill out album for the forthcoming summer months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music from start to finish 18 Aug. 2001
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on
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Baaba Maal is a master musician with all his talents on display on this CD. Every song is excellent in terms of instrumentation, vocals and sensitive lyrics. Thanks to the producers who included translations of all the songs so we can follow along. With his soaring voice he inspires as he tells traditional stories and recounts traditional African themes. This is one of his strongest overall CD's. With its acoustic quality I think almost everyone will appreciate the musicality of this recording. Great photos too.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums, period. 4 Oct. 2001
By Aaron D Bornstein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Rarely does an album work on so many levels. I don't even know what the words mean, but somehow with his extraordinary voice and the stunning orchestration I feel like I know exactly the scene and emotion that Baaba Maal is writing about. This album absolutely transports you to where he is. It is one of the few albums that are truly transcendant in that way. I had my introduction to "world music" and African music through Peter Gabriel's "Passion" soundtrack, and while this album's tone is much different, it is every bit as evocative. It is such a shame that so many people are unaware of how much magnificent music there is in other parts of the world. Hopefully this album will open up eyes and draw new listeners to what is real and true in music.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars embrace this 14 Oct. 2002
By Angus Brewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal is one of Africa's greatest singers. Known best in America for his contributions to Passion, Peter Gabriel's groundbreaking score for The Last Temptation of Christ, his blend of Islamic wailing, French singing, and sensual melodies is a treat for the ears. A worthy introduction to life-affirming African world music and yet, not even necessarily his best work (check out Firin' in Fouta from 1994 or Djam Leeli from 1998).
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 11 Aug. 2001
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This is the second CD I've bought by Baaba Maal, and it is truly amazing. The rhythyms, words, intensity overwhelm the listener. My two kids and I dance around the room listening. A bonus are the two videos on the CD--one, miyaabele is far superior to anything you can see on TV. THe second, a short documentary on the making of the CD really shows the depth and love that Baaba Maal holds for his homeland and all of Africa--and therefore all of us. His dream of a unified Africa, well it is a grand dream, my dream would be to go one step farther and use music like this to remind all of us just how much we have in common. This CD is also great in the classroom, with the videos it is a nice intro to African music...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baaba Maal and Company do it again.... 16 Jun. 2001
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Here Baaba gives us another acoustic CD that you can listen for hours. The second track "miyaabele" is a masterpiece. It combines several instruments from different, but related, musical traditions creating "panafrican" tunes that also say a lot to non-african listeners.
This CD together with Baayo and Djam Leelii are three of the best acoustic records of African music.
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