Cheikh Lô, Senegalese Roots Meets Brazil

Cheikh Lô

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
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
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.”


Lamp Fall