12 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The idea of a collaboration between traditionalist Senegalese musicians Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck—with added electric embellishments by Aziz Dieng—sets hopes pretty high. With these players’ reputations preceding them, we expect layer upon layer of intricate guitar interplay. Luckily, this album does not disappoint: These expert musicians pick their way to ecstasy on tunes like the entrancing "Lam Tooro," the emotive "Maacina Tooro," and the awesomely complex "Muudo Hormo"—songs that explore the origins of blues and jazz sounds with rapturous splendor.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The idea of a collaboration between traditionalist Senegalese musicians Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck—with added electric embellishments by Aziz Dieng—sets hopes pretty high. With these players’ reputations preceding them, we expect layer upon layer of intricate guitar interplay. Luckily, this album does not disappoint: These expert musicians pick their way to ecstasy on tunes like the entrancing "Lam Tooro," the emotive "Maacina Tooro," and the awesomely complex "Muudo Hormo"—songs that explore the origins of blues and jazz sounds with rapturous splendor.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
b present ,

I Just Love This Album

Mansour Seck's solo effort is really beautiful as well, also one of the most talented blind musicians to ever record as far as I'm concerned. This release stands out from other Baaba Maal albums which have much more instrumentation including a pantheon of drummers. This acoustic guitar and lightly percussive album really highlights the essence of songs that would be recorded on later albums. But this album and Baayo are two of my all-time favourite guitar albums. It's right in there with releases Ali Farka Toure's "African Blues" and Bajourou's "BIg String Theory."

Mokolua ,

Awesome

The first time I heard this I was blown away! I bought this and several other cds by Baaba Maal. This remains one of my all time favorites. My favorites are; Lam Tooro, Muudo Hormo, Salminanam and Djam Leelii (not necessarily in that order). They are all good and some are sublime.

Ocek113 ,

Just Fantastic!

I got this album when it was first released and listened to it everyday. The sound is sooo simple yet hypnotic and the vocals are very melodic with strains of deep tradition. This music will transport you back to the village if you grew up in one, or make your crowded city dwelling feel a lot roomier. The amazing thing is that while I do not understand or speak the language of Maal & Seck, I still feel the stories told in these songs - enjoy!

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