January 07, 2010

A slow start

The new year has started in a slow pace. In many parts of Europe snow has clogged up traffic. Even in the Netherlands, with its short distances, this had led to almost unprecedented delays and a general slowing down of public life.

This seems the right time to share this marvel of Senegalese music by N'Gewel International de Dakar with you.

I copied a cassette version of this album sometime in the 1980s, and was lucky enough to find the lp a few years later. I am telling you this, because I only realised I had not messed up when copying the cassette when I listened the record. I had been under the impression that I had erroneously turned up the volume after 2'36 in the first track. But this proved to be a 'feature' of this record (the same feature can be found in the track "Munu Mala Baayi" on the B-side, by the way).

Unfortunately I can't tell you very much about the group. I met percussionist Farba Sene when he performed with Alou Fané's group Fotemocoba. He appeared to have happy memories of this lp, because he glowed when he saw it in my collection. In the photo on the backside of the sleeve he is sitting at the back on the right.
I remember vaguely he told me about the group, and if I remember correctly mentioned that singer Papa Djibi Bâ had a history with either the Star Band or Star Number One (or maybe it was with both). I wish now I had at least written down what he had told me....

But as is often the case, the music speaks for itself. The lp contains three brilliant ballads, including a classic version "Yobalema", and three more uptempo tracks, including a crisp version the Ahijados song "Echale Salsita".

Play it on your mp3 player while you're stuck in the snow, and you'll never be cold....

Dakar Audio DA 002

11 comments:

aduna said...

Hello,
I'm looking to this disc for so long. Thank you so much for this one and all your fantastic post.
Happy new year.

NGONI said...

I arrive home drenched in slush but with a warm heart thanks to some mbalax in my mp3, now I find this desired gift,thank you my friend.

Have a good year!

thiol said...

Hi,
I'm looking for this wonderful album for a long time.
Thank you very much for sharing all these rarities.
Happy new year!

matt said...

Thanks for sharing this classic. I first heard the band on a bootlegged cassette from Camden market back in 1982...the compilation cassette simply called African Roots and Salsa....merci

trumpetaaa said...

wonderful record !!! many many thanks

Mouhamadou Falilou Mbacke Ndiaye said...

I've been looking for this album for a long time. It's a pleasure to hear once again "Sama N'Goro ak Peulh Bi", my favorite song. By the way, do you have their second LP called "Xadim" with the track "Ainurahmati" sung by Pape Djiby Ba on the B-Side. I've been looking for this one for a very very long time.

totorino22 said...

Hello,
I'm looking this for so long. But I cant upload it because i think the link is dead.
thanks for helping

NGONI said...

totorino22 is your time.
Link risen !!!

Anonymous said...

the link is not working bro!

Anonymous said...

THANKS,
I'm now listenning
great!

Anonymous said...

Heee Fotemokoba with Alou Fane .. i played in that band with Farba Sene and met him In Senegal and Groningen,.. Is this you Ted? drop a mail @jrloef@hotmail.com Roderik van Loef Diever Netherlands