New Internationalist

Jamm

November 2010

By Cheikh Lô

A quick rumble of drums and we’re into the confident chords and skittish melodies that launches ‘Conie’, the opening song on Jamm, the first album in half a decade from Senegal’s Cheikh Lô. One of the strengths of Jamm (meaning ‘peace’ in Wolof) is its unfussy immediacy and its confident sense of self and spirituality. Songs such as ‘Sankara’ (for Burkina Faso’s assassinated president) and the compassionate ‘Il n’est jamais trop tard’, about Africans seeking new life in Europe, stem from a deep engagement with regional cares.

Originating from Burkina Faso, Lô’s musical journey has been a long one, starting in the Afro-Cuban bands of his homeland before moving to Senegal, then Paris, then Dakar, where Youssou N’Dour first heard the young singer.

Jamm is dominated by the jazz and Latin-infused mbalax rhythms of Senegal – listen to ‘Dieuf Dieul’ to hear them – but the album’s overall feel is far broader than this. At heart, it’s a recapitulation of the sounds that made him – such as ‘Warico’ from Amadou Balake or Doh Albert’s ‘Ne parti pas’ – but in restating and adapting, Lô’s going back to look forward.

www.worldcircuit.co.uk

This column was published in the November 2010 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

Comments on Jamm

Leave your comment







 

  • Maximum characters allowed: 5000
  • Simple HTML allowed: bold, italic, and links

Registration is quick and easy. Plus you won’t have to re-type the blurry words to comment!
Register | Login

...And all is quiet.

Subscribe to Comments for this articleArticle Comment Feed RSS 2.0

Guidelines: Please be respectful of others when posting your reply.

Jamm Fact File
Product information (World Circuit TSCD 579 CD)
Star rating3

Get our free fortnightly eNews

Multimedia

Videos from visionOntv’s globalviews channel.

Related articles

Recently in Music

All Music

Popular tags

All tags

This article was originally published in issue 437

New Internationalist Magazine issue 437
Issue 437

More articles from this issue

New Internationalist Magazine Issue 436

If you would like to know something about what's actually going on, rather than what people would like you to think was going on, then read the New Internationalist.

– Emma Thompson –

A subscription to suit you

Save money with a digital subscription. Give a gift subscription that will last all year. Or get yourself a free trial to New Internationalist. See our choice of offers.

Subscribe