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The material on this incandescent release evokes the Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal's previous acoustic stunners, Djam Leeli and Baayo. Maal's piercingly gorgeous, stratospheric Islamic wailing soars over melodies constructed along austere yet sensuous lines as he sings of Africa's imminent heyday, romantic love, and ancient tales. He interacts with constantly shifting strands of song fashioned by guitarists Mansour Seck (Maal's best friend from childhood, who also sings second voice) and Kante Manfila, plus the nimble-fingered kora, or West African harp, of Kaouding Cissokho. The lead trio ripples and leaps among woodsy balafons (xylophones), rattling and swooping talking drums and sabar percussion, and resonant, gutty plucked strings. The ambiance recalls Maal's legendary small-venue live performances or dusk in a small Fulani village, where musicians who have played together all their lives still surprise each other while everybody else sings along. Seasoned fans and newcomers alike will be challenged, astonished, and delighted.
-- Amazon.com's Best of 2001
One of the most powerful voices in the world
Missing You reflects Maal's vision of one Africa, and it's a beautiful vision indeed
Pure enchantment resonates through every track of this 2001 release.
Missing You is a desert island pick for me, yielding more and more emotion upon repeated spins.
01- yoolelle maman
03- fa laay fanaan
04- leydi ma
05- jamma jenngii
07- laare yoo
08- senegale ngummee
10- kowoni maayo (mi yeewnii)
11- allah addu jam