Lamp Fall (World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2006)
Musician and songwriter
Cheikh Lô has become of the most attractive
figures in West African music. On his latest release,
Lamp Fall, Lo travels to several countries, collaborating with
musicians from different cultures who share his passion for music.
Some of the songs have a typically Senegalese essence, with
Lô using mbalax
beats and West African drums, especially the talking drum, combined with pop
The music takes a Brazilian twist on several songs recorded in Brazil. the
result is spectacular, especially on pieces like “Senegal-Bresil,” where
his band jam with Brazilian musicians. Tama (talking drums) player Samba N’Dohk
joins a carnival drum ensemble in this fiery piece.
Another favorite is the Africanized Cuban son “Sante Yalla,” where Lô
takes a slow Cuban guajira rhythm and tops it with his vocals and Lamine Faye’s
guitar solo. The Cuban sounds continue with “Tougayu M’Bedo.”
The international flavor of
Lamp Fall continues with the Congolese-flavored “N’Galula” and
reggae piece “Bamba Mo Woor.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.