Mor Thiam: Back To Africa
While the combination may seem incongruous, it's easy to see the continuum when you reflect upon the central role the drums play in every setting. Thiam's explanation (not necessarily obvious to the casual listener): "I'm soloing on most of the tunes." But he's not alone: he's assembled some of the top players of Senegal and West Africa. Back to Africa presents a wonderful companion recording to the two BJT issues on Justin Timedelving into the roots of the Senegalese musical tradition without losing track of the present.
Track Listing: Worosodon; Yaral Sa Doom; Doudou N'Diaye Rose; Xamleen Xamme; Djembe; Modou Modou; Tassu; Sangara; Daan Sa Doole, Meeting in Dakar--Pancum Ndakaru.
Personnel: Mor Thiam: lead vocal, djembe, sabar; Cheikh Tidiane Tall: musical director, arranger, keyboards, guitars; N'Diaye Samb Mboup: vocals, lead vocal on "Daan Sa Doole"; Fatou Talla N'Diaye: vocals, lead vocal on "Xamleen Xamme"; Mbaye Dieye Faye: lamb, sabar, djembe; Baboulaye Sissokho: kora; D.D. Jackson: keyboards; Papa Samb Sour: drums; Lamine Diallo: djembe; Yamar Thiam: tama, tassu, Senegalese rap; Mamane Thiam: tama; Doudou N'Diaye Rose: lamb, thiol, nder; Thierno Koite: tenor saxophone; Abdoul Aziz: sabar, talmbatt.
Record Label: Justin Time Records
Style: Modern Jazz