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    Cheikh Lô has created an inspired and sensual acoustic/electric mix which embraces double bass, acoustic guitars, talking drum, flute and a hint of electric bass and keyboards. Né La Thiass, his debut recording, infuses rare mbalax rhythms with rippling tides of energy, but the mood is strikingly Latin.

    Lô began working on the compositions for the album in 1991, and the next five years saw the music simmering while he sought the most favorable conditions in which to record. He wanted to record live with real musicians who understood his music. On hearing a demo of the songs, Youssou N’Dour was immediately interested in producing. A cast of Senegal’s finest was assembled with musicians from N’Dour’s Super Etoile band, including master percussionists Assane Thiam and Mbaye Dieye Faye and guitarist/arranger Oumar Sow. Recording and mixing were completed in nine days, giving the album the freshness and immediacy of a live recording.

    Cheikh Lô is Baye Falle, a follower of Cheikh Ibra Fall, faithful companion to Cheikh Amadou Bamba, the visionary prophet of the Mourides Islamic Sect. In the late 19th century, Bamba rekindled the Muslim religion giving it a distinctive African pride just at the time it was being quashed by French colonizers. To this day, the Baye Fall are instantly recognizable by their patchwork clothing and dreads. The songs Cheikh composed for the album are deeply imbued with the spirit, the teachings and the social ethics of the Mourides and their prophet.

    Lô was born of Senegalese parents in Burkina Faso and he grew up in a mixed community and speaks several languages. He was a music fan at an early age and a keen listener to the Zairean Latin music that was popular at the time. He taught himself to play drums and guitar and his career includes stints with various Senegalese bands, notably Ouza’s late 1970s group. From 1983 he spent several years in Paris as a session musician. He then returned to Senegal in 1990 to begin work on Né La Thiass.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Cheikh ’N’Diguel’ Lô, lead vocal, rhythm guitar, drums
    Omar Sow, guitar
    Mamadou ‘Jimmy’ Mbaye, guitar (3, 5)
    Youssou N’Dour, vocal (6, 9)
    N’Deye Marie Ndiaye, vocal
    Habib Faye, bass & keyboards
    Ibrahima N’Dour, keyboards (4)
    Pathe Diassy, double bass
    Mbaye Dieye Faye, percussion
    Assane Thiam, tama (talking drum)
    Thierno Kouyate, alto & tenor sax
    Thomas Vahle, flute

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Musical arrangements by Cheikh Lô and Omar Sow
    A World Circuit presentation / A Jolloli Production
    Produced by Youssou N’Dour
    Recorded and mixed by Serge Devesvre and Ndiaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi
    Dakar, Senegal, July 1995
    Assistant: Olivier Yao Saki
    Tracks 3-5 recorded and mixed by Ndiaga N’Dour
    At Studio Xippi, August 1996
    Mastered by Dave Bernez at The Townhouse Studios, London

    All songs by Cheikh Lô

    Design by K8 @ Intro
    Photographs by Christien Jaspars and Lucy Duran
    Senegalese paintings courtesy of Sonal& Rita Cruise O’Brien

    Format availability

    This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, June 27, 1997 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79471

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
73
231
Tuesday, July 1, 1997 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Cheikh Lô
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597947120BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597947168
Price: 
9.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Cheikh Lô has created an inspired and sensual acoustic/electric mix which embraces double bass, acoustic guitars, talking drum, flute and a hint of electric bass and keyboards. Né La Thiass, his debut recording, infuses rare mbalax rhythms with rippling tides of energy, but the mood is strikingly Latin.

Lô began working on the compositions for the album in 1991, and the next five years saw the music simmering while he sought the most favorable conditions in which to record. He wanted to record live with real musicians who understood his music. On hearing a demo of the songs, Youssou N’Dour was immediately interested in producing. A cast of Senegal’s finest was assembled with musicians from N’Dour’s Super Etoile band, including master percussionists Assane Thiam and Mbaye Dieye Faye and guitarist/arranger Oumar Sow. Recording and mixing were completed in nine days, giving the album the freshness and immediacy of a live recording.

Cheikh Lô is Baye Falle, a follower of Cheikh Ibra Fall, faithful companion to Cheikh Amadou Bamba, the visionary prophet of the Mourides Islamic Sect. In the late 19th century, Bamba rekindled the Muslim religion giving it a distinctive African pride just at the time it was being quashed by French colonizers. To this day, the Baye Fall are instantly recognizable by their patchwork clothing and dreads. The songs Cheikh composed for the album are deeply imbued with the spirit, the teachings and the social ethics of the Mourides and their prophet.

Lô was born of Senegalese parents in Burkina Faso and he grew up in a mixed community and speaks several languages. He was a music fan at an early age and a keen listener to the Zairean Latin music that was popular at the time. He taught himself to play drums and guitar and his career includes stints with various Senegalese bands, notably Ouza’s late 1970s group. From 1983 he spent several years in Paris as a session musician. He then returned to Senegal in 1990 to begin work on Né La Thiass.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Cheikh Lô has created an inspired and sensual acoustic/electric mix which embraces double bass, acoustic guitars, talking drum, flute and a hint of electric bass and keyboards. Né La Thiass, his debut recording, infuses rare mbalax rhythms with rippling tides of energy, but the mood is strikingly Latin.

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Cheikh ’N’Diguel’ Lô, lead vocal, rhythm guitar, drums
Omar Sow, guitar
Mamadou ‘Jimmy’ Mbaye, guitar (3, 5)
Youssou N’Dour, vocal (6, 9)
N’Deye Marie Ndiaye, vocal
Habib Faye, bass & keyboards
Ibrahima N’Dour, keyboards (4)
Pathe Diassy, double bass
Mbaye Dieye Faye, percussion
Assane Thiam, tama (talking drum)
Thierno Kouyate, alto & tenor sax
Thomas Vahle, flute

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Musical arrangements by Cheikh Lô and Omar Sow
A World Circuit presentation / A Jolloli Production
Produced by Youssou N’Dour
Recorded and mixed by Serge Devesvre and Ndiaga N’Dour at Studio Xippi
Dakar, Senegal, July 1995
Assistant: Olivier Yao Saki
Tracks 3-5 recorded and mixed by Ndiaga N’Dour
At Studio Xippi, August 1996
Mastered by Dave Bernez at The Townhouse Studios, London

All songs by Cheikh Lô

Design by K8 @ Intro
Photographs by Christien Jaspars and Lucy Duran
Senegalese paintings courtesy of Sonal& Rita Cruise O’Brien