Barely known to me until I picked up a few of her CDs in NYC's Little Senegal a few weeks ago, Fatou Laobé is a huge star in Senegal, and a welcome addition to the Dakar Divas pantheon.
Fatou got her start as a backup singer and dancer with musicians like Baaba Maal and Ousmane Hamady Diop, and has toured the world with Youssou N'dour and Abou Diouba. Striking out on her own in 2000, she released l'An 2000 with her group le Laobé Gui on N'dour's Jololi label. The recordings have followed fast and furious ever since. Her music is deeply rooted in the folklore of the Laobé, a subset of the Pulaar, or Fulani, people who are known for their craftsmanship.
The six tunes on offer here are taken from three CDs: Hé Laobé Rewmi (Origines, 2004), Bara Mamadou Lamine (Ekla, 2008), and Keysi Bousso (Ekla, 2008). Enjoy!
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Gambia Modou
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Gawlo
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Bara Mamadou Lamine
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Doolé
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Lambo
Fatou Laobé & le Laobé Gui - Harouma Play-Boy