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Djam Leelii

Baaba Maal

Mansour Seck

1989

Djam Leelii

Album Summary

Djam Leelii is the first widely distributed album of Senegalese musician Baaba Maal and guitarist Mansour Seck. Several of the tracks have been released on Baaba Maal's later releases. It was originally recorded in 1984 and released in 1989 by Mango Records. A 1998 edition from Palm Records raised the number of tracks to twelve. The album was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.76

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4653

Genres

  • World
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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

This is why I love this project. I never would have found this. And I may never listen to again. But dang did I like it on this car trip.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Ok so random thoughts on this: 1. Finally something I'd never have heard of otherwise, and not just the Beatles or Bowie for the umpteenth time. 2. Cool guitars and tribal drums. I dunno if traditional music, but something close to it? 3. Singing is alright but wears out its welcome. Gets too Arabic-sounding after a while, like those annoying prayer calls that just blast at 100 decibels in the streets in MENA countries. 4. This album shouldn't go for over an hour. A bit too repetitive. But it would've been fine at 30min for sure. 3/5.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Great listen, atmospheric achostic vibes with african influence, no lyrics some chanting. good to listen and loose yourself in

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

This is lovely! Relaxing, hopeful, energetic, and worldly. It makes me feel far away (in a nice way).

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Looks like something I might be interested in... Baaba Maal seems to be a big figure in the music of Senegal, and this is his debut with friend Mansour Seck. It has great vocals from both, in traditional African stylings. On the best tracks (like Muudo Hormo) we also get cool, traditional, organic percussion that fits perfectly. Personally, I'm not a huge guitar fan, so the turn-off for me is the predominance of acoustic (and one time electric) guitar across this album. Having said that, these guys tend towards beautiful, simple melodies that repeat and gradually develop. The best tracks are hypnotically repetitious, which is just the shit I love in any genre of music. It seems like this has just been chosen for the list as "world music for guitar fans" - but I can put up with that, because it's a mesmerising album. 4/5.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Gorgeous instrumentation and vocals. I have heard Baaba Maal mentioned by other musicians so it was great to actually be able to listen to him.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

A little different, tribal sounding for the most part, that's the point of these right, to listen to a lot of different sounds!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Dreamy

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Really loved the ethereal feel of this. I didn't pay as much attention to each track as I'd have liked, but having it on in the background is wonderful.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

I never would have given this a chance if it weren't for this project, so score a point for the list. Some really nice guitar work that really grew on me as I listened. Best track: Kettodee

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Kind of cool. Never would have found this on my own. Songs are all a bit long and of course I have no idea what the lyrics are, but the instrumentals are interesting and it really handles the role of background music very well.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Senegalese tunes and familiar western rhythms are combined beautifully. The album starts with high-energy tracks, and the melodies become more thoughtful later.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

I didn't understand it at all, but it's very nice to receive this kind of album here on this list. Just listen to it and it's absolutely impossible does not to note the importance and influence of these songs in almost everything I listen to every day. The language, the drums, and everything else is recognizable in some way Unexpected surprise, not understandable, but very cool!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Imaginez un album d'environ une heure constitué de pistes elles-mêmes constituées d'interminables boucles mélodiques. Imaginez maintenant qu'un homme y superpose des sénégalaiseries chantées pour nous faire oublier la redondance de l'instrumental. Vous obtiendrez alors l'album Djam Leelii de Baaba Maal et lui accorderez une note de trois sur cinq.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Not sure, at track one, if this is a me album. Intensely folky and repetitive, but I'm keeping an open mind. It's nice in places, but I'm just not deeply into Senegalese folk jams. Clearly it has value, but it sounds a lot like any other culture jamming - pleasurable for the musician more than the listener. Then it might just be me not understanding the culture well enough. Don't mind some Tinariwen or Manu Chao, but this just isn't grabbing me.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

I did not need to listen to this. The music itself is unremarkable. I didn't skip any songs, but I tolerated it.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

Not for me. Very long. I can appreciate the fact that it's a completely different style than I've really heard before, but I just couldn't get into it.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

I've never heard something like that before, it was a cool experience. Nevertheless felt kinda boring, songs were too long and repeatable, both singing and melodies. And still not my type of music.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
1

Did not listen, absolutely zero interest in this type of music.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
1

I can't for the life of me understand why this album is on 1001. For lack of a better explanation, I'll once again blame the British for this album appearing on 1001 as some attempt to appease their colonial guilt. I'm guessing Baaba is from a West African country. I'm from a North American country. I respect whatever musical traditions they're bringing to the table, and I have a personal responsibility to bring an open mind and hear this music with as few hangups and expectations built up from 36 years of "western" pop traditions, but I sure as hell don't have to like this. Songs are repetitious, droning, no change in dynamics, no development arc. I found small pockets of beauty, but I can find small pockets of beauty in a sewage processing plant. What is the point of this album? Is it just to feel one thing (detached mild ennui) and feel that same thing over and over again until the album ends? Did Baaba Maal want their listeners to accidentally fall asleep at the wheel and plow into a dairy farm? Perhaps perhaps perhaps if I understood the language there could be a deeper emotional impact, but that would have to be some exquisite poetry to overcome the doldrums of the music. D-

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

In this book to hit a diversity quota. Absolute drivel.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

This album was a VIBE it felt ALIVE Ko Wone Mayo was especially memorable. Fuck it, five stars, this was unlike anything else, a really nice album.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
5

Musik um ihretwillen; sie erzählt und wird getragen von der Erzählung der Instrumente im Reich des Halls. Der Gesang überkommt die call response Struktur der weithin so gebauten Stammesgesänge. Erinnert eher an Blues und ist in seiner analog trancigen Art einer der Ursprünge für Schaffens des Animal Collective. Mesmerized 4.5

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Uauuuu!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

I discovered Baaba in college, so I knew what I was getting into. Love the instrumentation and the hauntingly beautiful singing. I could listen to this all day forever.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

1989 - World Music (hard to describe - Classic guitar; Xylophone; Steel Drum; Chant)

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

After shirking my 1001 duties for a week, this is a mighty fine album to return to. Baaba Maal  was another one of the artists who were key to getting me hooked on African music. I didn't have Djam Leelii  but bought his next album Baayo - (which is also excellent). Thankfully my copy is still in good shape since I can't find the full Baayo LP on Spotify or YouTube.  The guitars and his voice are quite amazing. Not much else to talk about but that is definitely enough.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

I like this kinda stuff… very relaxing!

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

oooh traditional, i like it

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Sonically interesting, perfect blend of electronic sounds and traditional African sounds and beats.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

pretty interesting

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Solid as hell. Good vibes, reminds me of that one Ethiopian song I love from Feets' Ice Caps playlist

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Pretty cool, good vibe

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

4

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. So unique. The instrumentals were a highlight throughout the album

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

good easy listening, like Savane

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

4

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Sun May 16 2021
4

I loved the style and the instrumentation. Will listen again.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

good zulul

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Una nova descoberta de la llista. Evidentment, el que més destaca és l'increïble treball de guitarres, que juntament amb una percusió minimalista i unes veus encisadores creen un disc hipnòtic, magnètic. Una mena de 'Marquee Moon' meets 'Graceland' filtrat per l'herència senegalesa. Molt bó, realment

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

A very interesting sound. I wish I understood the lyrics. I liked most of what I heard as far as instrumentation.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Jeden z tych pickow ktorych sie czlowiek nie spodziewa, bo jest to folkowy album prosto z senegalu, Baaba Maal, to glowa tego projektu, ale wspierany jest przez Mansoura Secka, zarowno na wokalu jak i gitarce, wiec jest to praktycznie plyta duetu Maal-Seck, dodatkowymi instrumentami ktore mozna uslyszec podczas odsluchu to tradycyjne afrykanskie sprzety, tym razem z afryki zachodniej, bo pojawia sie balafon, ktory jest afrykanskim odpowiednikiem ksylofonu, kora ktora mozna okresic jako 21 strunowa harfe, do tego perkusyjne bebnienia i elemety elektrycznych rifow, spotifajowa wersja tej plyty to 12 kawalkow i godzina 12 minut czasu grania, bo jest to wydanie z 98, natomiast orginalne wydanie pochodzi z 89, choc material nagrywany na nia pochodzi juz nawet z 84, nawet pomimo tego, ze kontentu lirycznego nie rozumiem ani troche, to jednak slucha sie tego przyjemnie, bo jest to cos nowego, takiego polaczenia dzwiekow nie slyszalem wczesniej, bo jednak afryka jest dluga i szeroka, a wiekszosc afrykanskich materialow jakie osluchalem, to poludnie i ewentualna polnoc, a zachod ma swoj orginalny urok, ciezko tu wrzucic cos na plejke, bo jednak brzmi to tak odmiennie ze ciezko zgrupowac to na dana plejke, wiec cala plyta leci na poleczke orginalnych pickow plejkowych, nieposzerzajacych horyzonty muzyczne

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Good world music album. I like the instrumentals, it's a bit slower than I prefer with some of that type of music I listen to. Still good!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Love it!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Nije nešto šta inače slušam (shocker) ni šta ću vjerojatno opet ić slušat ali prezanimljiv zvuk, jako muzikalno i smirujuće (možda bi i trebala ponovit s vremena na vrijeme?)

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

What a mesmerising experience it is to hear this album again. Extraordinary!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Very interesting. The guitar was excellent

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Very unexpected and melodious album

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Is this what used to be in the reductive "world music" sections in gift shops and book stores? A really enjoyable listen. Baaba has an enchanting voice.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Very lovely. Glad to be introduced to a genre and musical style that I would have been unlikely to find otherwise. Album felt a little long at times and I probably need to be in the right mood for it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

A Travel to Senegal sounds.I’ve really liked these album. Sometimes we have to experience knew cultures.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

There's some really beautiful music on this album. The guitar playing is absolutely amazing and the percussion compelling and infectious. The vocals took some getting used to but never intruded on my enjoyment of the music. A really beautiful listening experience. 4 🌟

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

detta svängde!

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Really hard to describe this album. It is beautiful stuff. It is easy to call it World Music but that does it a disservice as that can just be used for anything not euro/American. I really enjoyed it and want to hear more

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Senegalese goodness

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

3.75

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

As always with non-English language selections I feel like I can’t fully appreciate this. The instrumentation is fantastic, and although the signing style is way outside my cultural zone, it was interesting, and complemented the music.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

This is a new one for me. Very powerful and interesting blend of Senegalese and western music. Almost hypnotic. I will come back to this one.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Really good, and good for background. Will listen again

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I really don't know how to listen to world music in a non-exoticising way: to hear this as just, normal. But it is good, sometimes mellow, sometimes soulful.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Love it

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

A good album to zone out to.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Lovely to chill to

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Hypnotic and beautiful 3.5/4

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Ethereally beautiful

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

No niin, nyt on semmosta mitä odotin tältä listalta miljoonan britti-indie-rocklevyn sijasta. Kunnollista. 4/5.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Olipas hyvä! Upea tunnelma.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Tää on aika raikas! Kiva kuunnella tällasta soundii mitä on lähinnä kuullut kokoelmalevyiltä. Tää taas on niin selkeesti oma albuminsa. Oon kuunnellut paljon afrofunkkii, josta tykkään hiivatisti. Tää taas on astetta folkimpaa ja ehk osittain sellast tribaalimpaa ilmasuu. Tykkään hirmu paljon mutta tiedän sen verran vähän tästä genrestä eetten uskalla arvostella kun vahvan kolmosen eli nelosen. 4/5

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

I didn't really care for the other Baaba Maal album; maybe Mansour Seck was key to this one. Tracks 10-12 didn't seem to fit or be as good but I may have only thought that b/c I knew they weren't on the original album.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Vraiment bon, j'aurais préféré uniquement instrumental, mais c'est très relaxant comme musique. À revisiter

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

3.5/5. Nice listen, would make great background music in a hookah lounge. Standout Tracks: Maacina Tooro, Djam Leelii, Sehilam

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

Good range of tunes here. Very reminiscent of the Sahel stuff I've been listening to over the past months, but on acoustic instruments and (obviously) recorded cleaner. The last three tracks were unnecessary for me. The title track was the standout.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Love listening to different Music from different cultures

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

I enjoyed it, especially while making breakfast, but the language barrier creates a sameness throughout

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Thu Oct 22 2020
3

Very interesting, relaxing

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Ok. Not exciting

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Yo ya conocía a Baaba Maal, gracias a Mumford & Sons. Me da gusto que aparezca en la lista cosas no angloparlantes y este ejemplo es muy bueno, porque aunque conserva todo sus raíces tradicionales, tiene sus momentos modernos que lo hacen un poco digerible para nosotros. No es lo que escucharía de diario, pero si un día quiero un mood exótico, es algo que pondría con gusto. Lam Tooro se parece a Nothing Else Matters.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

ihan ok musiikkia, mutta laulusta en tykkää. 2.5 tähteä..

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Byłaby lepsza bez wokalu

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

good background music, nothing exciting

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Great tunes, even if I don't understand the words.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

OK? it was not what i was feeling

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

I was expecting more polyrhythms, but overall it’s quite nice.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Pleasant enough. Not something I'd go back to but it had enough variety to stay interesting.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Now That's What I Call Africa 72!

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Interesting

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Great instrumentals, nice to work to.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Chill, xylophone

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Fri May 14 2021
3

some tracks were soothing, others tickled me a bit

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Track one - did not enjoy. Few tracks after that quite enjoyed, but not my usual music.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Takes me straight to Womad

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

I enjoyed having it on in the background, but feel unqualified to judge it further.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Nice vibe, liked a couple of stand-out tracks

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Good work music but nothing outstanding

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Fun and full of energy. Obviously had no idea what was actually being said.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

this is not bad

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Not a go to album but a fun listen

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Pas écouté...

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Drums are cool, but this is an album that I don't super know how to break down. So, I'm not upset that I listened to it. It's just weird and out there. Found it weirdly relaxing and added it to my relaxing playlist with vocals.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

A nice alternative

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

J’aime le genre mais l’album est 1h15. J’aurais prefere pkus court etantndonne la repition du son. Quand me un bel album 3.25

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Not bad but a bit long, good background music.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Have to say I found this a bit of a slog. I started listening this to this like 3-4 times, and didn't find it particularly good music to just listen to. I've had it on in the background to work to and it was fine and quite pleasant! Certain bits I appreciated and enjoyed, but some of them the repetition did just get to me. Glad I've heard it but wouldn't seek it out again

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Very chill vibe but it did get repetitive. Nice guitar sound. 2.5/5 stars

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Started great, pleased I got something I would never have come across. However, the album did get very repetitive as it went on. If it was around 40 minutes and had the best half of the songs or even more with some edits, it would be a strong 4, maybe a 5. The guitar playing was probably the best thing on here, shows a hint of the music of Senegal and surrounding reigons. I also like the vocals and percussion in this too, gives it a unique feel compared to Anglo-American music which dominates my Spotify.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Laid back African vibes

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Neodlučna sam oko ovog. Prije godinu dana bi sigurno imala ne tako dobar dojam o ovom albumu, ali u međuvremenu san gledala neki film di je ovakva glazba savršeno zaokružila cilu scenu pa san tu pismu slušala neko vrime i valjda mi se sad zbog tih pozitivnih sjećanja svidio i ovaj album. Do neke mjere. Malo predug album pa nakon nekog vrimena postane repetitivno. Čak bi mi se više svidilo da je sami instrumental ili možda malo manje pivanja. 2.5/5

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

This is what this book is made for. I've never heard of this and would have never sought it out. I have absolutely no idea what any of the songs are about, but the vocals sound great. I really dig it, although it is a little long and feels repetitive which lowers the rating for me. 3.5/5

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Not overly adventurous but engaging if maybe a tad too long. It is easy to get hooked on the rhythms.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I have heard Baaba Maal sing with Peter Gabriel, Afro Celt Sound System and on the 1 Giant Leap album. In general I like what Maal does, but listening to a whole album is just okay. "Loodo" was my favorite track, and a track that I could come back to an enjoy. "Lam Tooro" was my second most favorite. Some of the longer tracks towards the end of the album felt like more of a distraction than music that I would listen to.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

21st April 2022 Listened mainly on the drive out of LA to the desert which was a good setting for this. I appreciate it’s something I wouldn’t normally listen to and does have a great vibe to it but it’s a bit samey for me.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

A very relaxing listen, however nothing really stood out to me in particular. I did like the warm vocals and the guitar work was great. It also felt a little long, probably because I listened to the version available on Apple Music which is an hour and 13 minutes with four extra songs.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Some really beautiful songs here. The album was a bit too long, but a really enjoyable listen. Fave Songs: Loodo, Ko Wone Mayo, Salminanam, Muudo Hormo, Lam Tooro, Kettodee

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Thu May 05 2022
3

It was a cool listen with modern and folksy elements.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

i'll admit, a bit repetitive so i only got half way through

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Music for wandering

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

minne litt om musikken på lucys, så da hjelpe

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Music was pretty groovy, but I'm such a sucker for lyrics but I've got no idea what the dude's singing about.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Étnica africana. Un poco aburrido.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

I can understand the appeal though it's not in my language - and it's certainly better than alot of the nonsense in English I've listened to through this site. 6/10.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Odd but ok

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Enjoyed, just slightly too long and repetitive

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Different culture, how interesting

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Beautiful desert blues - love the voice, the backing and the feel of this. Took me somewhere else for a while.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

This was interesting Ok to have on in the background but I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen again.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

This was a hard one to review. Every track had me tapping my toes... at first. The music here is good but it's all so mind-numbingly repetitive. I have a feeling that a lot of what makes this album so good is the vocals but, as I don't understand any of them, I'm left missing half of the equation. I have loved every album from Mali that's been on this list and, while this isn't Malian, it has shades of the things that I love from those albums. But only shades. The rhythms and energy are there but they're not fully explored. They're just laid out and then repeated a hundred times. I wanted to love this and I didn't. I fully accept that this is likely on me because I don't understand the language but, unfortunately, "Djam Leelii" just falls short of being truly enjoyable.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

So there was good music during the 80’s!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Vrij eentonige Afrikaans achtige muziek. Niet slecht, maar ook niet geweldig.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

A pretty interesting Senegalese album, which sounded like a nice mix between local folk music and some interesting electric guitar solos, taken straight out of 70s jam session. All the songs feel very spiritual and personal, even though they are singing in their local dialect of tribe transcendental over all the current borders. Although the idea of this album seems very interesting and inspiring, listening to this record is not the easiest task. It's more like a fascinating artifact you see in a museum from an ancient civilization. Nice to look at for a bit, gives you an idea of the culture of that period, and then you quickly move on. It's not an album you would listen more than once.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Someone else made the comment but accurate for me as well... Would not have heard this other than being on this site, was an interesting background drivetime track, will likely not listen to again

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Neat, but not my thing.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

He has an interesting voice, though not for everyone and I like the story of how he was encouraged by his blind friend and collaborator Mansour Seck to take up music. That said I would say he is less versatile than that other Senegalese singer.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

OK. Prob won't listen again

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Pretty good

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Estuvo ok, pero no es mi estilo.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Interesting

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Mostly enjoyable listening, some nice guitar playing. A little bland in places, but still good

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Mon Dec 05 2022
3

i lik better than lam toro 3

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Mon Sep 07 2020
2

Relaxing, overall enjoyable; just not necessarily my jam

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

dull...

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Wed Dec 02 2020
2

i dont feel its special nor do i like it that much but its not horrible

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

I appreciate it, but nah.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Difícil, igual luego termino de escucharlo por que parece que solo es una canción. Estamos muy acostumbrados a lenguas romance y géneros menos tradicionales y por algo debe de estar en la lista aunque a veces no la entiendo.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Me costó un chingo de trabajo escuchar este disco. Supongo que se debe a que no estoy iniciado en el género del hindi, pero la voz del vocalista es muy difícil de tolerar. Lo único que rescató a este disco de una estrella fue la música, que me parece muy interesante y compleja, y además la canción “Salminanam” que es creo la única donde la voz realmente acompaña la música. Además, esta canción tiene un beat como de Semba, o sea, se puede bailar. A este disco le habría ido mucho mejor si hubiera sido instrumental.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Nunca había escuchado realmente música africana, mucho menos un disco. La experiencia fue buena los primeros 15 minutos. Después de eso no recuerdo nada nuevo, fresco o diferente que me hiciera querer seguir escuchando. Supongo que la barrera del idioma juega mucho en este caso, pero en general suena como una gran canción de 60 minutos con algunas secciones de cuerdas agradables y no más.

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Man it was long. And the last 3 songs became irritating. At first it was colorful though the vocalizations are definitely not my thing... a little friendly sound at times. But it was pretty boring and a chore to get through.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Dos guitarras y una voz tocando... ¿"blues" africano? Música agradable, relajante, con un tono alegre. La manera y entonación al cantar me recordó mucho a los cantos de qawwali; a mucha gente le puede desesperar esa manera de cantar pero es algo que a mí siempre me ha gustado. Lástima que siento que el disco ahí se queda... muy agradable... pero no pasa a más. Se siente un poco plano para durar tanto y todas las canciones se pierden y terminan sonando similar, ninguna podría mencionar como mi "favorita" y en ninguna hay ningún elemento que cambie, que sorprenda o que evolucione. Ritmos africanos, instrumentación mínima pero efectiva, cantos buenos. Como mencioné, un disco muy agradable pero tampoco entiendo su inclusión en la lista, creo hay cosas similares igual de bien hechas y algunas que si sobresalen más musicalmente (por más que busqué tampoco encontré nada relevante como para entender alguna importancia en su lanzamiento por la época o el artista).

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

not my thing...didn’t sound horrible but i didn’t like the album

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Fri May 07 2021
2

It probably was of some cultural significance but did not enjoyed this one

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

DNF,

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Música africana no me llegó ninguna canción en especial

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

I have a hard time appreciating music I can’t understand. Sounded interesting though.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

Nicht so richtig meins.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Tuareg rock usually gets me hard, but this only gave me a semi.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Beautiful music but boring. I yawned my way through this one. I am not a fan of the electric acoustic and this album is composed solely of that. The album is a bit one note and faded to the background. I generally enjoy Touareg Rock, but this was a little too low octane. Prefer Ali Farqa Toure or Bombino, though those can be boring. This has 90s Starbucks white person written all over it. It is soothing abd nice to listen to, would be good over a cup of Java and talking about your world travels. I respect it. But don’t like it. 2

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Why is it that compilers of lists like this, when it comes time to pick an obligatory African album or two, always go for the ones that sound the most like Western music? Wait, I answered my own question. On Djam Leelii, there is little of the rhythmic complexity that characterizes African music or the typical interweaving of instruments. If it weren't for Baaba Maal's vocals, with its tell-tale scales typical of Senegalese music, you'd barely know this was African. Mansour Seck, the traditional griot who was Maal's teacher, accompanies him on guitar. Sadly, Seck isn't an especially inventive or skillful guitarist. You could throw a rock in Senegal and hit 3 or four guitarists better than Seck. There just isn't a lot to this music. Without even trying, I could find 10 or 15 albums of traditional Senegalese music better than this. It's not horrible or anything, just bland and uninspiring.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

As far as world music goes, this is a solid entry. Very easy to find the groove, but there isn't any major stand out single, rather a solid listening experience.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
2

Музыкальный критик из самых лучших побуждений добавил альбом этнического музыканта в топ. Это замечательное просветительское решение не включает мое обязательное одобрение.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

the patterns and melodies were too foreign to my ear

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Sat May 08 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Gillar. Några bra låtar, men mest ganska förglömliga ändå. Bästa låt: Djam Leelii, för fet basslinga och elgitarr

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Proper escapism music, feels like you’re in a different world listening to it. Would I put it on at a party though, unlikely. I can appreciate the instruments, sounds and vocals but it’s probably a 1 listen album.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

If you take any couple of seconds from the album it will sound pretty good and the musicians seem skilled. The problem is the hugely repetitive tracks which sound absolutely the same from beginning to end for 6 minutes a piece. Exactly the same couple of chords going on and on... It's not like the individual songs are very different from each other either.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

Didn't finish this, wasn't my vibe at all.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

not for me

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Sun Oct 31 2021
2

I mean I don't hate it, I just really can't listen to the whole thing.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Interesting, not for me

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Could not get into it. At all. Didn't add.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

Robert prouve une fois de plus son racisme debordant, et je vais en quelques mots vous expliquer pourquoi: Robert prend un malin plaisir à selectionner des albums de musique africaine de piètre qualité, et de les ranger immediatement dans la catégorie "world", sous pretexte que ces artistes ne viennent pas de son monde à lui. On se retrouve donc avec une multitude de style différents, tous regroupés sous l'égide "world", qui dans le vocabulaire de Robert, pourrait s'apparenter à "les autres", voir de bien pires appelations que je ne me permettrais pas de rédiger ici. Robert, l'Afrique est grande, et les sénégalaiseries des deux comparses Baaba Maal et Mansour Seck méritent certes un 2, mais certainement pas sous le label world.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

It seems ok

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Ciekawe, to na pewno

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Not for me

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Good instrumentals, but overall not really into it.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

interesting and unusual experience, that's sure, I like some melodies and vocals, but I don't think that I liked it enough to listen to it again in the short term, something between 2 and 2,5

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Sun Feb 13 2022
2

2/5 not at all

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Fav tracks: - Djam Leelii - Sehilam - Kettodee -Least fav: - Lam Tooro

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Mon Mar 28 2022
2

Interesting stripped back bluesy afro rootsy style. Not unpleasant, but not strong enough to want to listen to again.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

Intéressant. Je n'aurais probablement jamais écouté cet album sans cet exercice. Pas mon genre habituel, un peu long, mais intéressant d'entendre des nouvelles sonorités.

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Muzikaal zit het nog wel aardig in elkaar, al mag het van mij wel iets energieker. Ik vind de zang echter niet aantrekkelijk. Het geluid niet en ook de taal niet. **

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Best Song: Salminanam. I liked the vocal hook, whatever it was. Worst Song: Bibbe Leyde. Felt a little too much like religious prayer for my taste. Overall: A difficult album for me to rate. On the one hand, it is far more sparse and folksy than the music I typically like, and I find the lead singer's nasally delivery grating at times. On the other hand, some of the instrumentation is quite nice, and the fact that it is not in English means that it is something I can listen to in the background without getting distracted. Overall, happy to have heard it, not sure how often I'll come back to it.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Nice folk. A bit twee and nothing really jumped out at me.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
2

What? Why?

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Endelig nåke gøy. Friste litt å gi da 5 for å ha redda oss ut av herket som har vært i da siste, men va visst litt for langt og nasalt for meg

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

Interesting look at Senegal style music.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

Struggled with this because I liked it but also found it very boring and will never listen to it again

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Disco con toques árabes, con instrumentos típicos. Muy para incondicionales del género. No me ha gustado mucho.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Didn't make it to the end. I quite liked the commanding nature of his voice, but it wasn't enough to carry it for me.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Not the usual enjoyment I get from this genre, but probably just because it is a touch less upbeat.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

Bastante rollo. Pero me ha gustado una canción, Kettodee. Así que se libra del 1.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

Música africana. Me ha aburrido, bastante rollo. Un 2.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Baaba Maal whoah, Baaba Maal whoah, He comes from Senegal, He makes pleasant background music with Mansour Seck's chilled guitar licks for us all. Rating: 2.5/5 Playlist track: Lam Tooro Date listened: 14/07/22

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

Not at all for me. I obviously did not understand the lyrics but I don't think that really made a difference here.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

It's a true genre album. A genre I don't relate to.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
2

Eentonig, zeg! Ik doe m'n best om te luisteren maar het gaat totaal aan me voorbij.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
2

Paar nummer was genoeg.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

More world music. This is not interesting at all, fine to have on in the background but doesn't really offer much and gets very repetitive very quickly. Bland and uninspiring, 2/5. Just.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

This was extremely cool for about 10 minutes, then it started getting kind of old, then I looked and saw I was still in the middle of the second song with about an hour and 2 minutes left to go. Around the fourth song, everything started turning into a blur of African singing and drumming with nothing that could keep my ADHD-ridden brain focused.. and there were still about 50 minutes of music left. The whole stretch from "Salminam" to "Kettodee" is blank in my brain. It does pick itself back up after that though - "Ko Wone Mayo" was probably my favorite song on the album. I respect the fuck out of this album though, despite everything I said. This deserves to be on a list like this way more than "Robert Dimery threw a dart into a pile of britpop albums he found in a dumpster behind his local music store, so let's add the one it landed on into the book"

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Sun Sep 11 2022
2

Not for everyone. It sounds good but it's not for me to listen to an entire album of indian music.

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