Today’s album is a hell of a find but unfortunately it sounds like
nothing. The whole LP has a disturbing hiss and that is a real shame.
Normally I would not ask but, which one of you smart ol’ digital devils
is the first to give us back a link with a polished version ?
( part from that little rough start )
According to the online discography’s it’s the Star Band’s first album,
from the early seventies, great historic stuff that deserves a clean listen.
Thank you for being such help!
1 Bamos pa’al monte
2 Cheri Coco
This LP by the great Youssou Ndour does not give us a single
word of information, we can only guess. Just name and titles are
displayed, and ‘Production-B.Diagne-Bruxelles.Youssou’s picture on
the front cover tells us he was still a youngster and the internet told
me it was released in 1982. If you can tell us who played on it
I would be very pleased. Enjoy Youssou Ndour et le Super Etoile.
5 Ndiane Diaye
6 Sama yaye
If you take a look at our Senegal section ( below left ), you’ll
find that we have some albums by Super Diamono de Dakar. We also
have one by Super Jamano de Dakar. It seems to me, the band’s name
was first Super Jamano, then Super Jamono and finally Super Diamono.
Looking for the release date of this album on the web, I found that
most auction-sites claim it was 1984, one page said late seventy’s.
My instincts say 1979 or 1980, what do you think ?
Nice element on this LP is the use of harmonica, something I like
very much, highly original sound.
And that sweet voice, is that Omar Pene ?
2 Yaraal sa doom
3 Mame coumba
4 Souma demee balay jin
After Youssou N’dour broke through European with ‘Bitim Rew Immigres’, I
decided to dig in to his past. Then I discovered Etoile de Dakar and Star
Band de Dakar. I had a kind of crush on this group, ever since the first
notes I laid my ears on. Absolutely great sound, so when I found this one
at the fair I was thrilled. Enjoy this lovely album and if you like it,
you can find more in the Afro-Cuban or Senegal section, below left.
1 Sala bigue
2 Sénégal samarève
3 Mane kouma khole thiyove
4 Keleye teye
7 Biquelo Lola
8 La ultima rumba
This casette is from 1988, a little jump through time today
with Youssou N”Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar.
Number 14 out of 16 African casettes. Although the sound gets less
and less traditional and English phrases start blending in, I think
Youssou’s singing is outstanding on this tape. I love the way he bends
those high notes, what a great voice.
4 Hey you
Second in line is Vol. 6, the line-up on this casette is different
from vol. 1. If any one can help us out here, we see Yamar Thiam
playing ‘Tama’ on vol. 1 and we see Assane Thiam playing ‘Tama’
on vol. 6. Assane we know, is Yamar his brother, or maybe himself ?
Overall, this is a great casette, I’ll quote the ‘Rough Guide’:
“Youssou N’Dour et Super Étoile de Dakar:
Vols 1 – 16 ( local casettes )
N’Dour and his trusted cohorts take Dakar street grooves
with strong Latin retentions to the portals of international
superstar collaboration, via some wild, wacky and continually
surprising routes. Vols 6, 7 and 10 are particularly strong.
Vol 8, heavily remixed, became the ‘Immigrés’ CD. But the music
works best as one extraordinary stream of consciousness.
Most of it is impossible to find, but a multi cd compilation,
planned for 2000, could become one of the great albums.”
( my copy of ‘Rough Guide’ is a reprint of the 1999 edition )
Well, didn’t know I was that lucky, but now you are too.
One last thing, track # 5, ‘Yalla’, takes over 11 minutes
while the tape inlay says 6’39, a minor incident.
Back in the 80’s, I once bought me some casettes of Youssou
N’Dour. Later I found they are quite rare so I decided to
check them last week. I didn’t play them for maybe more than
15 years, so it was great to find out they still work.
Let’s start with vol. 1, ‘Ndeetel Weer Wi’ from 1986.
1 Ndeetel weer wi
For the lovers of Senegalese Mbalax, here’s the latest
Super Diamono de Dakar in my collection. It sounds quite a bit
more modern than the previous album we saw.
The music is modern and fresh, the singing of Omar Pene,
as sweet as always.
1 Diaraf ( jaraaf )
5 La mouche
7 Dou degne
8 Cheikh Anta Diop
This week we had such great response on Senegalese music, I
decided to spoil you Groovers a bit more.
After ‘People’ by Super Diamono de Dakar, this is ‘Mam”,a live
registration, recorded at ‘Flight Mobile Studio’ in Paris, in 1984.
Mostly I’m not such fan of ‘Live’ records, but again it was that
superb titletrack that pulled me in. Omar Pene’s sweet voice
is undeniable and touches you at heart.
So, from Reggae we moved on to Samba and via some Soul music
back to Africa, I rest my case !
1 Rewu taax
2 Yoon wi
3 Dou wey
From over a decade later, this is ‘Super Diamono de Dakar’.
The group has at least two members of Super Jamano, Omar Pene
and Moustapha Fall. Mbalax grew quite a bit older and sounds
very modern here. I always loved track no. 8, live version
of ‘Mam’. Great guitarwork by ‘Lamine Faye’.
2 Mansani Cisse
3 Borom Darou
4 Lou Bax
7 Mansani Cisse instr.
Okay, on special request some more old stuff from Senegal.
With a psychadelic touch this is another Mbalax group from
the Dakar 70’s, Super Jamano de Dakar. I found some discussion
on the internet about who is playing and singing on this LP.
I’ll tell you; on bass – Baila Diagne, solo guitar –
Papa Gasse, El Hadj Ousmane Diagne – Organ, Synthesizer and piano.
Aziz Seck – Drums, Omar Pene – African percussion,
Bassirou Diagne – vocals, Amadou Baye Diagne – backgr. vocals.
Cheikh H Sabidou Niasse – Trumpet, Moustapha Fall – trombone,
Ndiaga Samb and Tonia Lo on Alt Saxophone.
It was recorded at the Jandeer Night Club in Dakar, mid 70’s.
Enough talk, better go listen !
1 Yamatee nee law
2 Indu waad
3 Cuur ngonee ngalang
6 Geedy Dayaan
What we have here is something quite special.
Some time ago we had ‘Etoile de Dakar’, now an LP from
before that time. This is ‘Star Band de Dakar’, already with
Youssou N’Dour but for instance also ‘Laba Sosseh’ sings his part.
Funny thing, track #3, ‘Danguele Fasso’ was written by
Larry Harlow. Youssou N’Dour sings on track 4 & 5.
Fantastic playing by Assane Thiam on ‘Tama’.
I’m sure we got some happy Global Groovers right now !
1 Adioupe nar
2 Laye laye kaïra
3 Danguele fasso
4 Bouna n’diaye
6 Vali n’diaye
Mbalax they call it back in Senegal and Youssou N’Dour is inventing it
on this LP. Do it like this,
Stand in the middle of your room, turn up the volume, close your
eyes, start # 1 and let the warm flow of Youssou’s sound
come over you, those drums, his voice, that baseline……
1 Immigres / Bitim rew
2 Pitche mi
When early eighties the first Youssou N’Dour LP, ‘Immigrès/Bitim
rew’ reached me, I was astonished. What a different sound. After
some digging I found the LP he worked on before that, ‘Absa Gueye’.
Listen and find out what a treasure this is. Years later I went to a
Youssou N’Dour concert in ‘Nighttown’ Rotterdam, It was great
and as I left the building, some of the band’s people were selling
‘tama’s’ ( talking drums )at the corridor. 200 Dutch Guilders they
asked( in those days ), quite some money I thought. They were
friendly pushing me to buy the drum and told me they were made
by ‘Assane Thiam’, Youssou’s Tamaplayer. Wow, now I got really
interested, these were fine pieces of handicraft by the great ‘Assane’.
I said ;” okay, I’ll buy one if you have it signed by Youssou N’Dour”,
and so it went. LUCKY BASTARD I AM !The guy went away
with the talking drum and within 3 or 4 minutes he was back with
it, signed on one side by Youssou N’Dour, and on the other side
by ‘Assane Thiam’. To our surprise the whole group was sitting at
the nextdoor snackbar later, having fun and in a very relaxed
atmosphere, they were giving autographs
to everybody, supernice.
1 Dom sou nare bakh
3 Absa gueye
4 Mane kouma khol thi yao
5 N’guiro na
6 Baye wali
7 Esta China
8 Tu veras