I’m a fool for popular Sénégalese music, and I’m not sure why.
I’ve got a theory though. When I first started freelancing for a big newspaper, one of my first stories was the residency and performance of the magnificent Le Ballet National du Sénégal. (There’s a story there, but I’ll have to tell it to you some other day.)
Maybe that’s not it. Maybe it’s just that pop music in West Africa swings so hard that I can’t help but be pulled into its masterful rhythms. Generally, the music of regional West Africa is so diverse and musical styles develop and mature so quickly within those traditions that it’s impossible to pick just one to enjoy. So why not enjoy them all?
Writer Deanne Sole has written a great brief piece on Pop Matters about Idrissa Diop and Cheikh Tidiane Tall and their 2011 American release of album Diamonoye Tiopite.