Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Racines Africaines et Feeling Jazzy




Idrissa Diop's LP Femme Noire (Volume LK 0188, 1987) is complimentary, and a companion of sorts, to Seydina Insa Wade's Yoff (Disques Esperance ESP 8415, 1985), featured in my last post.

Superficially, of course, Diop's electronic explorations couldn't sound more different from Yoff's mellow groove. But Diop was the featured percussionist on Yoff, and both discs share a willingness to push the boundaries of the mainstream Senegal sound. According to the profile on Diop's MySpace page, Diop and Wade pursued parallel careers, both playing in the Rio Sextet and Calypso Jazz in Dakar besides collaborating in the folk group Tabala. Since parting way with Wade in the '80s Diop has pursued an adventurous career in Paris, founding the jazz group Sixun and performing with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and other musical luminaries.

The musicians on Femme Noire are unfortunately uncredited, although Diop gives thanks on the album sleeve to Xalam and French musician Jean-Philippe Rykiel.

Idrissa Diop - Yaracodo

Idrissa Diop - M'bidane (La Bonne)


Idrissa Diop - Gueule Tapée


Idrissa Diop - Worunana


Idrissa Diop - Kawele Ciosane (Ouverture)


Idrissa Diop - Djiguene Diou Nioule (Femme Noire)


Idrissa Diop - Sahel




4 comments:

matt said...

John...any chance this is the same Idy Diop that recorded Dans Dioubo in the seventies for Disques Buur?

John B. said...

Matt: I have no idea.

Mouhamadou Falilou Mbacke Ndiaye said...

Yeah Matt. It's the same guy. By the way, it's a very nice LP with the Xalam musicians and J.P. Rykiel on the keyboard.

aduna said...

Xalam's influences are clear. It reminds me the good times, when Xalam regulary played in Paris.
Thanks