Sonic Gems: Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck – Djam Leelii

Bringing guitar back to its African roots, the music presented here is as pastoral as it is centered as it is mindful of a centered journey through life.  This album of two African guitarists, some percussion and an electric accent was originally released in 1984.

The two guitarists featured on this album are:

The Senegalese singer and guitarist, Baaba Maal, who was born in Podor on the Senegal River on November 12, 1953.  He is well known in Africa and an international favorite for his composition and performance of Senegalese music.   H sings primarily in Pulaar and promotes the music of the ancient Pulaar people who are the descendants of the Futa Tooro kingdom.

The other musician is Mansour Secck.  He is a blind performer of songs on the koro, guitar, and a singer.  He has been a life long friend of Baaba Maal and is best known for collaborating with Maal.

Together, they have produced an album of strength balanced with a pervasive gentleness.  As representatives of a fairly singular Sengalese style, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a six out of 10.

Djam Leelii may be listened to here:

 

 

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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses and husband to Ally Romani.
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