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Joko (The Link)

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    Joko (The Link) was created over the course of three years and the traversal of three continents. Drawing both on mbalax rhythms—infused with strong Cuban and Caribbean inflections (not to mention American jazz, rock, and soul)—and a more universal urban sensibility, Joko is a confluence of both musical and spiritual influences. In songs that reflect on spirituality (“Yama,” “Red Clay”), social concerns (“Mademba (The Electricity Is Out Again),” “Liggeey”), the important role of women (“She Doesn’t Need to Fall,” “Miss”), and ultimately, love (“My Hope Is in You”), N’Dour expresses the sentiment that while the continent of Africa continues to draw strongly on its traditions, it resolutely faces its future. In doing so he explores its connections to other parts of the world.

    “This Dream,” a track that exemplifies N’Dour’s synthesis of African colors and textures with Western musical arrangements, features guest vocalist Peter Gabriel, with whom N’Dour collaborated on Gabriel’s 1985 hit “In Your Eyes” from the album So. N’Dour’s collaborations with Western artists, including the 1994 trilingual hit “7 Seconds” from The Guide, a duet with Neneh Cherry, have helped to bridge the gap between African and American popular music, bringing it to an increasingly diverse, cross-cultural audience.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Youssou N’Dour, vocals (1-11), chorus (10)
    Victoria Chidid, chorus (1, 2, 8), vocals (9)
    Simon Richmond, programming (1, 4, 5), keyboards (1)
    Mbaye Dieye Faye, percussion (1-9, 11)
    Habib Faye, bass (1, 3-8, 11), keyboards (3, 7, 9)
    Johnny $, acoustic guitar (1)
    Assane Thiam, tama [Senegalese talking drum] (2-9, 11)
    Mac Fallows, keyboards (2)
    Jimi Mbaye, lead guitar (3, 7), guitar (2, 6, 8, 9, 11), acoustic guitar (4)
    Pape Oumar Ngom, guitar (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11), rhythm guitar (3)
    Ibrahima Cissé, keyboards (3, 7, 9)
    Madou Diabaté, keyboards (3, 7)
    Youssoupha Camara, drums (3, 5, 7, 9)

    Track 4: Peter Gabriel, vocals; Pape Oumar Ngom, acoustic guitar
    Track 5: Vinia Mojica, chorus; Kevin Armstrong, guitar
    Tracks 6, 11: Jérôme Lemonnier, keyboards, programming; Manu Katché, drums
    Track 7: Pape Oumar Ngom, rhythm guitar; Thierno Koite, soprano saxophone
    Track 8: Troupe Casamance, percussion; Félix Sabal-Lecco, programming
    Track 9: Andy Shafte, programming
    Track 10: Paul Mirkovitch, George Acogny, keyboard; Tracey Amos, chorus; Dominic Miller, acoustic guitar; Pino Palladino, bass; Kamil Rustan, guitars, programming

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Track 1 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded and mixed by Philippe Brun at Studio Xippi (Dakar), except the voice of Youssou N’Dour, recorded at Johnny $’s Studio (London)
    Track 2 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Mac Fallows, arranged by Jimi Mbaye, recorded at Studio Xippi, mixed by Brian Tench at Soul II Soul Studio (London)
    Track 3 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Habib Faye, arranged by Habib Faye, recorded and mixed by N’Diaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi
    Track 4 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded and mixed at Studio Xippi, Laylow Productions (London), Real World Studios (Box, Wiltshire), and Johnny $’s Studio
    Track 5 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded at Studio Xippi and Laylow Productions , mixed at Laylow Productions, engineered by Philippe Brun and Rod Beale
    Track 6 produced by Pierre Bianchi, arranged by Jérôme Lemonnier, recorded at Studio Xippi and Studio Guillaume Tell (Paris), mixed at Studio Guillaume Tell by Pierre Bianchi, assistant by Jérôme Devoise
    Track 7 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Habib Faye, recorded and mixed by N’Diaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi, arranged by Habib Faye
    Track 8 produced by Youssou N’Dour and Félix Sabal-Lecco, arranged by Jimi Mbaye, recorded and mixed at Studio Xippi and Laylow Productions, engineered by Philippe Brun and Rod Beale
    Track 9 produced by Youssou N’Dour, arranged by Habib Faye, recorded by N’Diaga N’Dour, mixed by Philippe Brun at Studio Xippi
    Track 10 produced by Adrian Gurvitz, recorded at The Greene Room (Los Angeles) and KR Studios (Los Angeles), engineered by Marc Greene and Kamil Rustan, mixed by Brian Tench at Soul II Soul Studio
    Track 11 produced by Pierre Bianchi, arranged by Jérôme Lemonnier, recorded at Studio Xippi and Studio Guillaume Tell, mixed at Studio Guillaume Tell by Pierre Bianchi
    Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of Geffen Records (US) / Virgin Records (rest of the world
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

    All songs by Youssou N’Dour, with Henry Guiyabert (1); Ndèye Mbaye Djinema-Djinema / Jimi Mbaye (2); Habib Faye (3); Jonathan Sharp (4); Jonathan Sharp / Simon Richmond / Steve Hopwood (5); Prince Charles Alexander / Boubacar N’Dour (6, 11); Kabou Guèye (7, 9); Jimi Mbaye (8); Adrian Gurvitz / Maribeth Derry (10)

    Paintings and original design by Lili Fleury
    Design adapted by David Stanke
    Photographs by Jonathan Mannion

    Executive Producers of the Nonesuch Release: Youssou N’Dour, Thomas Rome & David Bither
    Album Executive Producer: Michelle Lahana

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, September 1, 2000 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79617

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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242
Friday, September 1, 2000 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Youssou N'Dour
genre: 
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597961720BUN
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
603497198269
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Joko (The Link) was created over the course of three years and the traversal of three continents. Drawing both on mbalax rhythms—infused with strong Cuban and Caribbean inflections (not to mention American jazz, rock, and soul)—and a more universal urban sensibility, Joko is a confluence of both musical and spiritual influences. In songs that reflect on spirituality (“Yama,” “Red Clay”), social concerns (“Mademba (The Electricity Is Out Again),” “Liggeey”), the important role of women (“She Doesn’t Need to Fall,” “Miss”), and ultimately, love (“My Hope Is in You”), N’Dour expresses the sentiment that while the continent of Africa continues to draw strongly on its traditions, it resolutely faces its future. In doing so he explores its connections to other parts of the world.

“This Dream,” a track that exemplifies N’Dour’s synthesis of African colors and textures with Western musical arrangements, features guest vocalist Peter Gabriel, with whom N’Dour collaborated on Gabriel’s 1985 hit “In Your Eyes” from the album So. N’Dour’s collaborations with Western artists, including the 1994 trilingual hit “7 Seconds” from The Guide, a duet with Neneh Cherry, have helped to bridge the gap between African and American popular music, bringing it to an increasingly diverse, cross-cultural audience.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

On Dakar-based N’Dour’s Nonesuch debut, he “presides over gleaming, intelligent, unabashedly global pop,” says the New York Times. “There are hip-hop drum loops, guitar power chords and brooding trip-hop synthesizers,” along with Senegalese instrumentation and a guest-star performance by Peter Gabriel.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Youssou N’Dour, vocals (1-11), chorus (10)
Victoria Chidid, chorus (1, 2, 8), vocals (9)
Simon Richmond, programming (1, 4, 5), keyboards (1)
Mbaye Dieye Faye, percussion (1-9, 11)
Habib Faye, bass (1, 3-8, 11), keyboards (3, 7, 9)
Johnny $, acoustic guitar (1)
Assane Thiam, tama [Senegalese talking drum] (2-9, 11)
Mac Fallows, keyboards (2)
Jimi Mbaye, lead guitar (3, 7), guitar (2, 6, 8, 9, 11), acoustic guitar (4)
Pape Oumar Ngom, guitar (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11), rhythm guitar (3)
Ibrahima Cissé, keyboards (3, 7, 9)
Madou Diabaté, keyboards (3, 7)
Youssoupha Camara, drums (3, 5, 7, 9)

Track 4: Peter Gabriel, vocals; Pape Oumar Ngom, acoustic guitar
Track 5: Vinia Mojica, chorus; Kevin Armstrong, guitar
Tracks 6, 11: Jérôme Lemonnier, keyboards, programming; Manu Katché, drums
Track 7: Pape Oumar Ngom, rhythm guitar; Thierno Koite, soprano saxophone
Track 8: Troupe Casamance, percussion; Félix Sabal-Lecco, programming
Track 9: Andy Shafte, programming
Track 10: Paul Mirkovitch, George Acogny, keyboard; Tracey Amos, chorus; Dominic Miller, acoustic guitar; Pino Palladino, bass; Kamil Rustan, guitars, programming

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Track 1 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded and mixed by Philippe Brun at Studio Xippi (Dakar), except the voice of Youssou N’Dour, recorded at Johnny $’s Studio (London)
Track 2 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Mac Fallows, arranged by Jimi Mbaye, recorded at Studio Xippi, mixed by Brian Tench at Soul II Soul Studio (London)
Track 3 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Habib Faye, arranged by Habib Faye, recorded and mixed by N’Diaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi
Track 4 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded and mixed at Studio Xippi, Laylow Productions (London), Real World Studios (Box, Wiltshire), and Johnny $’s Studio
Track 5 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Johnny $, recorded at Studio Xippi and Laylow Productions , mixed at Laylow Productions, engineered by Philippe Brun and Rod Beale
Track 6 produced by Pierre Bianchi, arranged by Jérôme Lemonnier, recorded at Studio Xippi and Studio Guillaume Tell (Paris), mixed at Studio Guillaume Tell by Pierre Bianchi, assistant by Jérôme Devoise
Track 7 produced by Youssou N’Dour & Habib Faye, recorded and mixed by N’Diaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi, arranged by Habib Faye
Track 8 produced by Youssou N’Dour and Félix Sabal-Lecco, arranged by Jimi Mbaye, recorded and mixed at Studio Xippi and Laylow Productions, engineered by Philippe Brun and Rod Beale
Track 9 produced by Youssou N’Dour, arranged by Habib Faye, recorded by N’Diaga N’Dour, mixed by Philippe Brun at Studio Xippi
Track 10 produced by Adrian Gurvitz, recorded at The Greene Room (Los Angeles) and KR Studios (Los Angeles), engineered by Marc Greene and Kamil Rustan, mixed by Brian Tench at Soul II Soul Studio
Track 11 produced by Pierre Bianchi, arranged by Jérôme Lemonnier, recorded at Studio Xippi and Studio Guillaume Tell, mixed at Studio Guillaume Tell by Pierre Bianchi
Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of Geffen Records (US) / Virgin Records (rest of the world
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

All songs by Youssou N’Dour, with Henry Guiyabert (1); Ndèye Mbaye Djinema-Djinema / Jimi Mbaye (2); Habib Faye (3); Jonathan Sharp (4); Jonathan Sharp / Simon Richmond / Steve Hopwood (5); Prince Charles Alexander / Boubacar N’Dour (6, 11); Kabou Guèye (7, 9); Jimi Mbaye (8); Adrian Gurvitz / Maribeth Derry (10)

Paintings and original design by Lili Fleury
Design adapted by David Stanke
Photographs by Jonathan Mannion

Executive Producers of the Nonesuch Release: Youssou N’Dour, Thomas Rome & David Bither
Album Executive Producer: Michelle Lahana