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 is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.
Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.