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Youssou N'Dour: 7 Seconds - The Best of Youssou N'Dour

 A l b u m   D e t a i l s

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 2004.03.02
Category: World Music
Producer(s): See Artists ...
Media type: CD
Web address: www.youssou.com
Appears with:
Purchase date: 2012
Price in €: 1,00

 S o n g s ,   T r a c k s

[1] New Africa (Habib Faye) - 3:44
[2] Undecided [Japoulo] (Habib Faye) - 5:21
[3] Mouvement [Dunya] (Trad.) - 4:27
[4] Seven Seconds (Neneh Cherry / C. McVey) - 5:06
[5] Yo le Le [Fulani Groove] (Habib Faye) - 6:25
[6] Without a Smile (Trad.) - 4:12
[7] Please Wait (Simon Richmond / Jonathan Sharp) - 2:39
[8] Country Boy (Habib Faye / Jean-Philippe Rykiel) - 4:02
[9] Birma (Trad.) - 3:48
[10] Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) - 2:54
[11] Old Man (Habib Faye) - 6:27
[12] No More (Habib Faye / Linda Faye / Jean-Philippe Rykiel) - 4:15
[13] Set (Habib Faye) - 5:27
[14] Oh Boy (Trad.) - 6:27
[15] Don't Look Back (Smokey Robinson / Ronald White) - 3:33
[16] Things Unspoken (Habib Faye / Jean-Philippe Rykiel) - 7:01

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Youssou N'Dour - Producer, Vocals, Background Vocals

Neneh Cherry - Duet, Vocals on [4]

Habib Faye - African Percussion, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Producer
Jean-Philippe Rykiel - Arranger, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Producer
Kevin Armstrong - Guitar
Bolo Bolognesi - Trombone
Ibrahima Cisse - Keyboards
Issa Cissocko - Tenor Saxophone
Abdoulaye Diouf - Spoken Word
Babacar Faye - Djembe, Sabar, Background Vocals
Glenn Ferris - Trombone
Kenny Fradley - Trumpet
Thierno Koite - Alto & Soprano Saxophone
Charles Lagond - Tenor Saxophone
Branford Marsalis - Saxophone
Mamadou (Jimi) Mbaye - Arranger, Guitar
Pape Oumar Ngom - Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Fallilou "Galas" Niang - Drums
Lee Robertson - Trombone
Mathew Russell - Horn Director
Brad Wheeler - Saxophone
Jerry Wonder - Programming
Andy Shafte - Programming
Sacha Skarbek - Soloist, Violin
Assane Thaim - African Percussion, Tama

Wyclef Jean - Producer, Background Vocals
Victoria Chidid - Background Vocals
Vinia Mojica - Background Vocals
Oussey Ndiaye - Background Vocals

Amadou Doukoure - Producer
Jerry Rappaport - Compilation Producer
Verna Gillis - Executive Producer
Lisa Jackson - Executive Producer
Spike Lee - Executive Producer
Thomas Rome - Executive Producer
Michel Sauvage - Associate Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Booga Bear - Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Philippe Brun - Engineer, Mixing
Chris Theis - Engineer, Mixing
Ndiaga Ndour - Assistant Engineer, Engineer
Brian Tench - Mixing
Joseph M. Palmaccio - Mastering
Abdou Kaba - Assistant Engineer
Spencer May - Assistant Engineer
Mamadou NDour - Assistant Engineer
Segui Niang - Assistant Engineer
Axel Niehaus - Assistant Engineer
Jimi Mbaye - Arranger
Andrew Eccles - Photography
Steven Berkowitz - A&R
Ousseynou Ndoye - Technical Assistance
Mark Richardson - Technician
Kristopher Spencer - Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak - Art Direction, Design
Mark Unterberger - Packaging Manager

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

This 16-track compilation covers Senegalese singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Youssou N'Dour's Columbia Records period, from 1991 to 1996. Perhaps the most popular pop culture figure in Senegal's history, N'Dour created a music of his own from various sources, which he called "mbalax" and which incorporates everything from jazz, soul, hard R&B styles, hip-hop, and even Cuban samba, and juxtaposes them with the folk melodies and polyrhythms of his native land. The cuts here, particularly "Old Man," "New Africa," "Yo le Le, (Fulani Rhythm)," and the covers of Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back," and Lennon and McCartney's "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da," reveal N'Dour's idiosyncratic, yet very accessible grasp and integration of Western and African pop styles.

Thom Jurek - All Music Guide

Youssou N'Dour has two sides to his career. There's the hard-driving mbalax style that he created by fusing calypso, Latin and pop to traditional Senegalese music. Then there's the (some would say overproduced) world-beat pop that recalls the later work of Peter Gabriel. Falling into the latter category, 7 Seconds is a 16-track collection that draws from two Columbia albums from the early 1990s and a French import of 2000 (Joko (From The Village To Town)) as well as two cuts from a 1994 live-for-radio recording. The most interesting tidbit, however, is N'Dour's near straight reading of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," which came out as Japanese-only single in 1996. The duet with Neneh Cherry on "7 Seconds" shows how good of Western pop singer N'Dour is, but he also does well on the soul classic "Don't Look Back," which features Wyclef Jean. This is definitely a strong argument for revaluating N'Dour's poppier material.

Tad Hendrickson - Amazon.com

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