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Simon Emmerson, Paul 'Groucho' Smykle,
Brain Eno, Howie B, Jon Hassell.
Notes: Brian contributes to one track, Lam Lam, with Jon Hassell
and Howie B.
Baaba Maal (vocals, guitar)
Assane N'Doye Cisse (guitar, sabar)
Barry Reynolds (guitar)
Kauwding Cissokho (kora)
Tania Lo (saxophone, background vocals)
Baayo Ndiaye (soprano & tenor saxophones)
Jon Hassell (trumpet)
Hilaire Chaby Harry (keyboards)
Elhadji Niang (bass)
Alioune Diouf (drums)
Bakhane Seck (percussion, djembe)
Mabaye Diagne (percussion, sabar)
Thio Mbaye (djembe)
Groko, Barou Sal (percussion)
The Screaming Orphans (background vocals).
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal's latest album is the result of a
merging of cultures and was a collective effort on the part of several well-known
British producers (including Brian Eno) as well as a range of musical collaborators.
NOMAD SOUL is an explosion of joyous sound, with a tendency to emphasize the
songs' melodies and vocal harmonies rather than their rhythms and beats,
which Maal keeps understated compared to many African musical traditions.
A mix of Senegalese and English vocals adds to the sense of multi-cultural exploration;
'Souka Nayo (I Will Follow You),' has strong Celtic influences, which are more subtle
on 'Cherie,' and the lovely, acoustic 'Koni.' Maal's breath-taking vocals take center
stage on one song after another, yet they seem to be energized and held aloft by the
music and voices of his collaborators.