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The veteran vocalist Youssou N’Dour is known for bringing the sound of Senegalese mbalax to a global audience and for his genre-crossing collaborations. 2011’s Dakar – Kingston is N’Dour’s nod to reggae, and especially to the work of the late Bob Marley. The album features Jamaican players, including ex-Wailer keyboardist Tyrone Downie and guitarist Earl Chinna Smith, as well as musicians from Senegal and other lands. The opener, “Marley,” a tribute to the great singer/songwriter, has a sweet melody, skittering guitar, talking drums, and a welcome guest appearance by the Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. The melancholy “Joker” rides a chugging rhythm as it contrasts N’Dour’s touching vocals and Patrice’s rap. The album closes with a cover of Marley’s late-career classic, “Redemption Song.” The original found a solo Marley accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, but this version has a full arrangement, including talking drums, which fire things up.

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Great work as always,

Youssou !


The album is simply unbelievable.The marriage of Tyrone and earl " china" and the heavy reggae
vibes of Jamaica mixed w/ Youssou`s golden metallic voice is a must have.

Youssou ndour



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 list of influential artists including Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Neneh Cherry, and Branford Marsalis. A native of the impoverished Media section of Dakar, N'Dour inherited his musical...
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