Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Best of 80's
Genres: World Music, Pop
You can make a strong case for the '80s being Youssou N'Dour's most fertile period. It was before the Senegalese singer became heavily involved with Peter Gabriel and before international superstardom when he was still cre... more »
You can make a strong case for the '80s being Youssou N'Dour's most fertile period. It was before the Senegalese singer became heavily involved with Peter Gabriel and before international superstardom when he was still creating his fiery mbalax rhythms for a domestic audience, letting the music rip without toning it down for Western listeners. So although there's no "Immigrés" on here, there's still a lot of marvelous music, most notably "Xarit," "Thiapathioly," and the remarkable "Njaajaan Njaay." While it's that eerie voice of N'Dour's that stuns, entering each song on an impossibly high note and then taking command, it's impossible not to be moved by his band, Super Etoile, who play as if their lives depend on it. For anyone who's come to N'Dour through his later releases, this is essential listening to understand the roots of his music. --Chris Nickson
98% Dakar...Praise Allah!
S.L. | New York | 01/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you don't like "Xarit" and "Thiapathioly," two standout tracks here, you probably don't like Youssou N'Dour. This release is a compilation of two of You's best local cassettes--and thank the big G they made it onto this CD! This disc is a modern afro-pop staple--ripping, uncompromising production (recorded at Xippi). To fans: whatever you do, don't pass this one up; wicked Boule Fale mbalax clear on through."