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Though he was already one of the biggest names in Sahelian pop when it was made back in the 1980s, this album was a good part of what put him on the international map. On their way away from their earlier Cuban sound, N'Dour and Super Etoile did a nice job of marrying Sahel and soul, despite some rather pointless synthesizer. And, of course, by now this one is part of recent musical history — almost a classic, in fact. And yes, it's disgracefully short. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Customer Reviews

First of the 'mblax' genre

Youssou N'dour released this album in 1983 and the like of it had not been heard before.

The title track "Immigrés" is a real stand-up-and-dance feel good track and the album remains a high point in my music collection.

All time great

This is one of the all time great records in my view, particularly the title track - it was the record that brought Youssou N'Dour and Mbalax to western attention. Superb!!


Born: 1959 in Dakar, Senegal

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Some of the most exciting sounds to come out of Africa in the late '80s and 1990s were produced by Senegal-born vocalist Youssou N'Dour. Although rooted in the traditional music of his homeland, N'Dour consistently sought new means of expression. In addition to recording as a soloist, N'Dour collaborated with a lengthy...
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