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Lam Toro

Baaba Maal

1992

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Lam Toro

Rating

2.71

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There’s very cool things happening on this album, cool time signatures, cool singing and an expansive African inflected palette. But I’m constantly distracted by the dated synth effects, the synth horns, etc. simply ruins songs for me. I was eventually won over into thinking this wasn’t awful, but among the 4s and 3s there were some 1s and 2s in my track by track ratings. 2

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Bangeer!

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4

Atmospheric world music, in places etherial or upbeat. An album I very much enjoyed but I doubt I would listen to again.

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4

This is as funky and "rootsy" as it gets, and I am a total sucker for funk. Couldn't sit still in my seat while listening to this. Also couldn't find an English translation of the lyrics online, which is a huge shame as lyrics are a huge contributing factor for me. Either way, 4 stars for the original sound and lovely voice.

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I already listened to Baaba Maal's earlier album with Mansour Seck for this list, and I dug that one. This one is less driven by acoustic guitar (which is a welcome change), and there's more of a worldbeat//fusion vibe. It's enjoyable and Maal is clearly a talent - but the whole thing has a contrived crossover feel that cheapens it. From looking online, it seems most streams and info relate to the 1993 mix of the album, which has even more of a brash, commercial and dated 1990s sound. I'm basing my rating on the 1992 mix which at least has more of an organic atmosphere. I'm glad there's some African music on the list, but it feels like the editors didn't dig very deep here. 3*

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3

I enjoyed listening to this and it was interesting, but lacking the language or any real cultural basis in the music, I think my ability to appreciate it is pretty limited.

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I'm not worldly enough in my musical listening to appreciate this the way I should. Unfortunately, I don't really listen to much of it.

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A great reminder of my chosen life philosophy to have little to no expectations for anything good so that even the slightest deviation above nothing feels like a gift from the gawd of love. This album is Baaba's gift to those expecting another monotonous dirge. How delightful to hear a couple drums now and then, and a goofy synth here and there. Even melody. And as nice as that is, I think we all can agree this is number 1002 on albums we must hear before we die. D+

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5

Really something unique to listen to

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5

Loved it! Very different from what I usually listen, but feels very familiar in some way .

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5

Absolutely LOVE this album! From the year I was born too! Loved that last Baaba Maal album that came up and this follows, I maybe even prefer this one! Toro has such a moreish sound and the opening Yela is another major highlight. Delicious album! Can't fault it. Love that he's promoting and championing traditions of the Pulaar-speaking people.

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Un álbum que no solo no conocía, probablemente no hubiera topado nunca de no ser por esta lista. Nada acabó en mis playlist, pero está bueno diversificarse

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4

this was a lot of fun. i definitely have a weird soft spot for african rhythms, which this of course lit right up. overall, quite enjoyable.

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4

Like a holiday in Africa with extra everything.

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4

Galna bangers bör lyssnas

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4

Powerful stuff from the legendary Baaba Maal. Really enjoyable.

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4

Refreshingly different to other albums so far.

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4

Loved the flecks of classic rock in this

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4

I really liked this, it had a really good vibe.

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3

Not bad at all, but probably won't be getting back to it.

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3

Wouldn’t be into it

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3

Just okay

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Me gustó, pero así como una gran canción larga. Puede ser que no haya escuchado tanta música africana como quisiera, pero de lo que he escuchado, sí pienso que hay quizá cosas más emocionantes, más variadas. De todas formas, fue agradable, quizá sólo esperaba que de pronto hubiera algo más. No tengo canciones fav. 7/10

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Es un buen disco, tal vez un poco largo, la producción luego no le juega a favor en algunas canciones.

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3

Étnica africana.

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3

Nice senegalese sounds mixed with other influences

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3

Good world music album. Love hte arrangement, though it didn't knock my socks off

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Wasn't sure what to expect. It was enjoyable in that the music was creative, with a very diverse set of instruments and rhythms. As it was senegalese, i didn't understand anything and the vocals were quite forward, i think detracting a bit for me.

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3

I don't speak the language. So it makes it a bit harder to judge but honestly, it sounds pretty dang rad.

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3.5

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Czego jak czego, ale kolejnego albumu z senegalu od tego samego artysty sie zem nie spodziewal, sporo wiecej niz podczas sluchania ostatniej plyty pana Baaby Maala sie nie dowiem, bo informacje o tym materiale praktycznie nie istnieja, a recek na amazunie nie ma co czytac, ale z skrapow lirykowych ktore udalo mi sie odszyfrowac muzyka nadal traktuje o pieknie afrykanskiej ziemi, w szczegolnosci senegalu, bo to rodzinna ziemia Baaby, ponoc wiekszosc liryki jest spiewana w Fulbe, ale nie jestem w stanie tego zweryfikowac wlasnymi uszami, wiec nadal jest to folk o pozytywnym upbeatowym brzmieniu, ale zdecydowanie wiecej jest tutaj elementow z muzyki elektronicznej, slychac takze eksperymenty z klimatami reggae, czy nawet funkowego rocka jak na hamady boiro, gdzie najbardziej slychac mocne samplowanie i zabawe z synthami, zabraklo mi tutaj gitarki pana Secka z pierwszej pozycji, no ale nowy material to nowe pomysly, wydaje mi sie, ze moze byc on nawet bardziej przystepny niz debiutancki material poprzez wykorzystanie bardziej standarowych instrumentow jak elektrykowych gitar czy klawiszy, ale przez to material traci na afrykanskim uroku, plyta to prawie godzina na 11 trakach, ale nawet pomimo tego nie czuje sie zeby album sie dluzyl, jak ostatni pik i tuskowy material, wiec moze nie tak murzynski jak pierwszy album pana Baaby, to jednak nadal insteresujacy na swoj sposob, na plejke dodam lowe songa zatytulowanego daande lenol

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Seems like another token album for the list good music but I wonder how this differs from the rest of the catalog of the seemly quite prolific artist

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3

doesnt sound that special to me besides the fact that its from a different african originated language

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3

Didn't appreciate the preset drums and horns

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decent

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76. Lam Toro - Baaba Maal 11 tracks. There are bits of this that remind me of Traditional Irish "diddly-diddly" music, (in a good way), but with African vocals. It really grew on me. 3/5

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Kriegt mich erst beim dritten Track, Daande Lenol, ein wenig. Hypnotisch und glimmend erscheint es da und wärmt meinen Klischee-Ofen. Bleibt mir trotzdem relativ fremd - zumal beim Gang durch die nächtlich nasskaltgraue Dezemberstadt.

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Erster Eindruck: bunter Abend im JUZ. Dann aber doch recht Sehnsüchten und tiefer als die gut gelaunten Polyrhythmen vorgeben. Etwas zu vokalig für meinen Geschmack (wieder das Ziegen-hafte der Stimme). Bei „Olel“ blickt Paul Simon spitzbübisch um die Ecke. Schön 3.4

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World music with Baaba Maal's touch of African soul. 'Lam Toro' carries with it a weight of meaning that can't be fully uncovered without understanding the language, yet it invokes emotions of longing and hope. Polished for the most part, with a cultural backdrop style that can be enjoyable.

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3

Very nice.

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Zafa, va un 3

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1/27/22

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Interesting in its own way

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Nice rhythms, but probably needs a second listen before I get even vaguely hooked

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pretty boring but its alright

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Senegalese music mixed with reggea and disco. Certainly refreshing for in between. (5/10) FT: Yela

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Ritmos africanos. Un poco rollo. Pero venga, ni fu ni fa por salirse de los estilos trillados.

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Whenever this list has picked a world music album, you can generally guess what it sounds like. Chorus pedal guitars, horn synths, funky bass lines etc. It's all good but... well... y'know. Best Tracks: Toro; Hamady Boiro; Ndelorel

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Interesting. Not sure I'd listen to it again, but I'm glad I listened to it once! 3 stars.

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This is the sort of thing I like to get thrown my way. Totally out of my wheel house, and I've never heard of him before.

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Was aware of the name but none of the music before this. It all sounded good and I enjoyed it, but nothing particularly jumped out at me. The title track was possibly my least favourite. Probably need (and hope) to give it another listen at some point and try to take it all in in a bit more detail.

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Interesting sound, also quite modern. Some I liked a bit more, some a bit less, nothing really stood out.

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I think I preferred this to the last Baaba Maal, I like how upbeat and optimistic sounding it is. Its not my fave but I appreciated it

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Ficou um pouco a abaixo da expectativa em relação as referências de músicas africanas do Toureg.

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Didn't do much for me but was still interesting. Last track is like a bad 80s ballad but African

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Rustgevende afrikaanse muziek. Leuk voor op de achtergrond maar ook niet veel meer dan dat. Het is mij iets te exotisch om echt van te genieten. Muziekaal zit het allemaal wel goed in elkaar hoor.

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Polyrhythms and afrobeats. Pretty good, but not my thing.

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Öde.

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I was excited, then I was bored.

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I can see how this led to Afro Beat Sound System. I think the fusion there was more successfully realized but this is still entertaining.

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I enjoyed listening to this, it was interesting. Researching the artist also led me to learn a few things about Senegal along the way. Probably won't listen to this again but enjoyed being exposed to it!

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Amanda said I wouldn't like so did not listen to.

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5/10

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“When you make music and write songs, you have to know about the messages. From the messages, you know what the instruments are and how to put them together.”

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Not familiar with much world music, this has good beats and very upbeat. But not for me, I’m probably just not cultured enough to appreciate this fully. Wouldn’t listen again but can see why it’s on the list.

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It worked as background noise, but I guess I'm not really into this type of music.

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Kiikunkaakunkakkonen

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the jazzier songs were the best in my opinion

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overcrisp 90s world music production

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2.9

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Didn’t listen super closely, but it sounded like a million other things

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Very cool. Some songs got me groovin' But it's not that interesting. 2

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From Senegal. African music.

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First time of listening to this Album, I can see it's merits in world/African music terms but not a great fan to be honest. Quite liked "Toro" and "Daande Lenol" with some interesting guitar licks. But not a stitch on my favourite African Band "The Bhundu Boys" with their up-tempo African-rock/Jazz fusions. can see the credit but not to my taste to be honest.

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Ok, it's African world music now.

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I tried just not for me

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I think I get the appeal of this music, but not the culture or insightfulness to fully appreciate it. His voice sounds incredible, and the album itself sounds great.

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I didn't dislike this. It just wasn't for me. I really do try and experiment with different genres. But this didn't have any connection to me. There's some decent rhythms and a nice groove going off. Two stars for that, but I'm struggling I'm afraid.

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This was totally not my thing.

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I didn’t care for this album.

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not my cup of tea.

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Have zero idea what the appeal to this album was. Didn’t really know how to enjoy it. For me it’s just a big miss. 1.0/10

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Strange. Blend is smooth. Earth music is catchy and fun but not really my things. The tracks tend to run together a little. It was fine, but sounded more like Nandos background music than a powerful album. The Good - Olel.

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Vittu mitä paskaa

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Nicht mein Ding. Der geleierte Gesang gefällt mir nicht. Und viel mehr ist da auch nicht. Ein Trostpunkt.

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no

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