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Immigrés

Youssou N'Dour

1984

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Immigrés

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3.05

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3250

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Not the type of music i would usually listen, but i loved it. The production is really good, all the drums sound fantastic and the vocals are wonderful.

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“Immigrés” by Youssou N’Dour (1988) Gipsy Kings, meet Bob Marley. The West African country Senegal is the grand exception to the dictum “The worst thing you can be is a former French colony”. And Senegal is perhaps is the world’s best hope for an exemplary and peaceable Mohammedan nation. Out of Senegal comes N’Dour (one of Paul Simon’s collaborators on his album “Graceland” [1986–percussion on “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”]—Simon may have “appropriated” African musicians, but it sure didn’t hurt their subsequent careers). N’Dour is an able vocalist who has assembled a sizable team of performers in this rhythmic treat. This is your horizon-expanding opportunity to enlarge the musical palate. The lyrics to the opening song “Immigrés” playfully give sage advice to those who are contesting a disputed election: Have a cookie and get over it. I laughed out loud. However, I was unable find any other lyrics online (too bad—they are in Wolof, I believe, and are essential for seriously assessing this work), but the real substance of this album is the colorful and exciting instrumental work, especially percussion. The four tracks are multidimensional, well-composed, evocative, and extended. Sorry, I had to give up on “Taaw”—I could never find the groove. Play this as background music while you work, and you’ll not only be efficient, but you’ll also be eager to wrap your arms around a world of music. Who could ask for more on a Monday morning? 3/5

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5

The sound of being at a late-night backyard party illuminated by string lights on a hot summer night with a glass bottle in your hand. Really fun, and has no bloat at all.

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5

This album is awesome. The songs were long but never got boring. Consistently fun throughout.

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Very pleasant listen. As with much African music, I can't quite put my finger on what I do and don't like.

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Fun rhythms, fun melodies and instrumentals. This is such interesting, moving music!

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THIS IS AWESOME

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5

I quite like world music, so I enjoyed this one.

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Really liked this! Don't have much to say, it was groovy. 9

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Decent world music, interesting to hear once but that's it

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Not something I would usually listen to, but pretty good. Good musicianship.

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Nice change. Can feel the 80's in this one.

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Great experience getting some exposure to Senegal, but I still find it absurd to randomly throw in world content into a list of popular genres.

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Really interesting to hear Senegalese music. Throughly enjoyed it to begin with but couldn't listen for too long

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This is straight up Senegalese music. Lots of percussion/African band sound. 4/10.

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Loved it, magical stuff.

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Joyous. I saw him on Peter Gabriel’s “So”tour in 1986. Became a huge fan. This is a great album!

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Awesome album

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What an incredible tenor

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5

sacré bleu!

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Fun, party music. Whoever the drummer is on this, he is putting in WORK. Weirdly I feel like Maiden fans might enjoy "Pitche Me". Favorite track: "Pitche Me"

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i like this alot eventhough its lyrics are a mystery

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Loving this so far, beachy boat music. perfect for a nice sun nap.

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Very cool, interesting sounds and unique instrument combinations. Enjoyable.

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Mellow afrobeat, this opens a whole new world.

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i liked this a lot

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Immigrés is an album by Senegalese singer and percussionist Youssou N'Dour. AllMusic remarks that the album is "a good part of what put [N'Dour] on the international map"

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I feel like I should be able to mark 'listened' and 'enjoyed,' but also that I am wildly unqualified to put a rating on this, given how little I know about African music.

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What a fun, chill, relaxing album. Spent the rest of the day listening to his other albums!

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Great percussion and voice. Very upbeat.

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Interesting sounds but pretty repetitive. I’m glad it was short. 7

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Buen disco. Con mucho ritmo

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8/10. Pretty good, I see why I had to learn about this guy in French class

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8/10 I really loved the beats and instrumentals on this, and it was a nice change of pace from Western music. However, I found it repetitive at times and sometimes the vocals sounded really nasal in a way that I didn't care for

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Enjoyed this one. The reason I follow this list is to introduce me to great music I perhaps wouldn't normally come across, and this fits that bill perfectly

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New to me. So so good. Saving it.

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Really good. Hypnotic. I was worried as I didn't like his stuff that I knew.

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nicee

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Loved it

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Happy, easy listening. Good for the background of another activity.

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Wow!

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really nice! While I've listened to perhaps more music from Africa than the average person this is new to me. Not sure I would purchase it but happy to have heard it.

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Some great beats, perfect to have on in the background when you have a garden party.

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nice!

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This is great… another smashing African album I wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to!

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🌍🇸🇳⭐️

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Honestly, not bad. I liked it way more than I thought I would. I just don't see myself revisiting it too often

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Un disco increíblemente ecléctico, pero agradable de escuchar, especialmente la primera canción. Está interesante porque no se parece a nada que haya escuchado antes; la mezcla de tambores con metales y guitarra, con un ritmo que no se parece a nada que haya escuchado antes.

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Loved this. Amazing voice, and a fascinating sound.

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Great album. 4 Heard it while reading the bible. Matched the vibe

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sounds important i guess. fun and short! 4 stars

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Very good!

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I was not expecting to like this one, but was surprised to find a really enjoyed it! Pitche Mi was a standout, so emotional.

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This sounds less commercial than the YND stuff that he put out a few years later. The first song caught my attention about half way thru and the next two were quite enjoyable. I like the rambling percussion, the loose arrangements the guitar in Pitche MI. And of course the voice.

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I can't put it in words but there's something about the singing style in Senegalese music that is quite soothing. He sings this way and is also able to hit notes in an expanded range. My favourite bits are songs with the traditional African guitar melodies as in Taaw. While this album has  lovely percussion throughout, the album doesn't hit its potential since the production doesn't do justice. I need to use my imagination to think how amazing  his singing on Pitche Mi must be live or with recording / producing capabilities from even 10 - 20 years later.  I quite like Senegalese music and would have a 5 for music from that country but I feel like I'm  rounding up here.

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pretty groovy, I don’t think I’d want to listen to it more than once but for what it was it was pretty fun 7/10

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Well shit, I'm gonna have to remember this one when I'm grilling, hammocking, or otherwise relaxing this summer. I don't know what the lyrics are about, but the music is really fun. I also like the length of this record. It's almost not an LP. Four tracks at a total of 34 minutes. That must barely make the cut. Anyway, these songs need to be longer (liket he 11+ minute "Taaw"). Because they sort of lure you into a groove. And, for me at least, I don't really ever want it to end. Also, I feel like there is a lot of mastering compression happening on this record, and sometimes it has a really cool effect of smooshing everything into a wall of sound that is only driver forward by the hand percussion. Loved it.

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Immigrés by Youssou N'Dour. I had heard his backing vocals in a number of songs most notably "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. First time listening to his own music which is classified as mbalax, a mixture of traditional Sengalese and latin-styles and was huge in Africa. This album is four songs. All songs are dominated by his tenor voice and a slew of percussions. Mostly rhythm driven. The one exception is the second song "Pitche Mi" where you really hear the Latin and guitar influence. "Taaw" is the highlight with its rolling bass and heavy percussion. Paul Simon was most definitely listening to this for his album "Graceland." Overall, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this album and music.

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Leuk album. Wereldmuziek in een modern jasje

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Africana, reggae, jazz

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Wow this is a great album. Jazzy, funky with amazing guitar and fantastic percussion. I loved it. 4.5 🌟

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Whatever he’s selling, I’m buying. 4 stars

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Heerlijk albumpje met andere muziek als normaal, top

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Pretty good. The only standout for me was Pitchie Mi, but the others were good.

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I appreciate that this list doesn’t solely focus on western music in. Never would have listened to this otherwise and it’s really interesting

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I’m pretty sure the black panther score samples this

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Great, groovy world music

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Good world music but not my particular taste

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Mezclas interesantes

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no hate no love.

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Interesting to have something different

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cool one

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Música africana animada.

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Músico senegales. Ritmos

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Enjoyable but wouldn't rush to listen again

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Música para ir a meditar a la India xD

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3

Not trash, but doesn’t stand out from any other world record I’ve heard in the past

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Nice, mellow African music. There's only 4 tracks on this album so I'm going to pick 2 tracks for best ones. BT: Immigres/Bitim Rew, Pitche Mi

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Ok but not really my type of music

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Not something I would actively choose to listen to, but very interesting to hear once. Enriching to know about this music, but I won't listen to it again.

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É difícil avaliar uma album assim. É bom, mas não é meu estilo.

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Good vibes

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This is not something I would typically find myself listening to, so it's hard for me to rate. It sounds great, and is well recorded and composed, but I don't see myself coming back to it. 3* because it's certainly not a bad record, but it's not a record for me.

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something a bit different! not hugely my taste but respect it

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Didn't seem to be anything exceptional, but also was fun to listen to. A solid 3.

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wouldn't buy

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Not my favourite Senegalese album but I'd probably listen again.

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Nice short album…not familiar with the artist

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Some of it was good.

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Reminded me of latin music. It was good.

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Really different. Four long tracks, 35 minutes, spanning multiple genres - give it a go

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Second listen. Very nice music to have on in the background. Really enjoying the music.

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good as a joyful and relaxing background music

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Lively.

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Really struggled with this one. Loved the beats and the melodies but because I didn’t understand the lyrics I felt I was missing out on half the song. Also felt that the tracks were too long, again if I knew what the subject was or what they were singing about it may have made more sense.

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Nada malo como disco de Afro-Pop, incluso sin ser la música que acostumbro oír me pudo parecer entretenida y hasta mejor que lo de los Zombies que no muerden que oímos hace algunos meses. Conocía el nombre de Youssou porque participa en un tributo a Lennon en el que hace su version de 'Jealous Guy' que es bastante buena.

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La primera está bien. La segunda y la tercera son las mejores del disco y la cuarta otra vez bien. Es música muy agradable aunque no me despierta más que eso. 3.5 estrellas que bajan a 3 porque están bien y ya. Songs: Pitche Mi, Taaw

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Could use more Paul Simon.

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Enjoyed it!

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I enjoyed this more than expected. 3 stars.

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Really nice music, quite enjoyable to listen to, and often puts a smile of my face from the energy coming through.

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Raro, divertido y bien hecho.

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There are some very dated synth patches on this record. But it's a good listen.

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Enjoyed it but prefer some of his others.

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Look I can appreciate it—it was interesting—but I’d say not my cup of tea.

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Timeless album that certainly doesn't sound like its from 1984, and holds up really well today. I like how compact this album is, only 4 songs, no fat. I also like the joyous vibe from this album, really chill guitar especially on Pitche Mi and the brass isn't in your face like some of his contemporaries, eg Hugh Masakela and Fela Kuti.

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Again, it's amazing how difficult it is to judge music when I know so little about the history, culture, and language from which it was derived. However, this was pretty jammy. It reminded me a lot of when I used to play in the high school jazz band - it has that kind of free-formy vibe. Also, I'm real impressed with the producing and engineering. There is a lot going on, but all the "stuff" came through crisp. Really dug it.

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nekako litnji ugođaj, nije loše, al malo dosadi nakon dužeg slušanja, bilo bi dobro da su malo kraće pisme haha

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Funky.

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A formidable ensemble, and that nice Middle Eastern tone of his tenor. (6/10) FT: Immigrés

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Jolly stuff

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"World music" is a dreadful term for various reasons, and it's also something that, frankly, I don't really have much experience with. As such I don't really know what I think about this cos I'm not really sure how to respond to it; I'm giving it three stars cos that seems fair, I did find it pleasing to listen to.

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Giving this a fairly safe 3 stars and thought it would be great as bkg music in a film but as for me listening to it over and over, unlikely.

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Enjoyable. It's not a style I'm familiar with, but this was a good listen.

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A fun, vibrant LP - the longer track lengths and relative lack of vocals means this one falls into the background music category a bit, but not in a negative way.

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Pretty fun to have in the background in the summer but hard to parse without knowing the lyrics

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I liked Pitche Mi a LOT The rest I didn't mind

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Buoyant exuberant jammy jams in another tongue.

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Not really enjoying this music

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Not my cup of tea

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4

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Nah

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2/5 Tribal sounds, but not my cup of tea

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First track is great. The rest is ok. Tough for Western ears to get. One star for the musicianship + one star for my white guilt.

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Nothing dislikeable but forgettable background noise for me

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I wouldnt mind this if I was walking past the West Holts Stage at Glasto.

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Technically an EP, ain't it

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idk i can’t give a good rating bc it’s just not my fav genre

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Youssou N'Dour's voice is familiar to me through his work with Peter Gabriel on various albums and live performances. The music is mostly okay. I wasn't sure how to rate this album, so I listened again. At almost the same spot in the third track out of four, I checked to see how long until the album was done. There are a few points in the last two tracks where I'm done listening. I guess that makes this a 2.

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not really into this. second and third song were nice.

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first song is good and warm but nothing impressive. Female vocals are fine. Didn't care for the chill song Pitche Mi. I understand this is a good live performance feel but I'm just not engaged.

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Eh. Probably innovative or soemthing. Not for me.

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Not bad, but not interesting.

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Meh

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First listen. Interesting African music. I did enjoy it quite a bit after listening to it all day. Very strong 2/5.

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Not really my jam

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Beschwingt, sympa, locker und in gewohnt Afrobeatig happy-krautig. Tut nicht weh, fordert aber auch nicht sonderlich 2.4

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2.5 | No me terminó de convencer. Aprecio que esté bien hecho y que su calidad de compositor y mezcla con ritmos es correcta. De hecho hasta humor tenía para algo tipo Afro Beat, pero no me terminó de cuajar. Si lo comparo con algo como Fela Kuti siento que al menos en este disco Fela gana de calle facilmente. Quizá es la instrumentación, se termina escuchando con las partes electrónicas medio... apagadas? No estoy seguro pero simplemente fue un disco que vino, se fue y no encendió mucho en mí, aunque se escucha tecnicamente correcto. Para ser tantos ritmos africanos algo le falta de caracter.

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Pitche Mi oli jopa ihan hyvä biisi. Ei edes vituttanut kuunnella läpi vaikka levyn ensitahdit antoi muusta viitettä.

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I didn't like it very much, but it was cool to hear something totally different, and it made perfectly fine background music while I was playing a board game tonight.

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Don't like it

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5/10

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Not for me

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Definitely mixed feelings on this one. This is definitely different from my usual listening. Overall, it's not too bad. The instruments are quite good at times but sometimes I found myself getting bored with the length of these tracks. I didn't really care for the vocals either, not because I didn't understand the language but just the overall style. I hate to shit on this album too much because it seems like something I'm just not accustomed to. I can't lie and say that I really enjoyed it though.

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Interesting rhythms. Not into the vocals.

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Not great

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Interesting but very niche

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boring

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Didn't enjoy it as much as some of his others.

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Senegalska pjevačica 🧐 A šta da kažen, jako neobično. A ima puno instrumenata pa mi se sviđa i ritmično je pa san si pustila dok san radila. “Moving” muzika. Slažen se

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Musical syncretism. I'm sure a lot of people will rightfully find something compelling herein.

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very cool, 7 seconds man

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Too Reggae...

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Absolute meandering nonsense.

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Horror!

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Onneks oli lyhyt, nii heti laulun alettua oli nopee skippailla levy läpi

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Did not like it

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Not really my thing at all

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Radio gazelle

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