Élage Diouf – Melokáane (Pump Up The World, 2015)
Quebec-based Senegalese singer-songwriter and percussionist Élage Diouf incorporates various musical traditions in his latest album titled Melokáane. The recording features a well-crafted mix of West African roots music, blues, rock, reggae and electronic music elements.
Élage Diouf uses his native Wolof as well as English and French to express himself. Most of his songs are originals except for a great Wolof-language version of Peter Gabriel’s classic song ‘Secret World.’
Highlights include the fabulous blues song ‘Tay’, featuring outstanding guitar work by jazz and blues guitarist Jordan Officer; the captivating Senegalese-style guitar and percussion in the title track ‘Melokáane’; and the festive hip shaker ‘Foula ak Fayda’.
Melokáane is an engaging album by the talented and passionate Élage Diouf.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.