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ARTIST
TITLE
Marimbalax
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1076CD STCD 1076CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/27/2015

1997 release. Mbalax is the popular Senegalese music and dance style invented in the late 1970s and early '80s by young men such as Youssou N'Dour, Thione Seck, and Omar Pene. The generation that followed them put its own wild spin on the style and called it marimbalax -- hard mbalax. This errant offspring's leading torch-bearer was Lamine Faye, a guitarist in Omar Pene's band, Super Diamono, who soon formed his own powerhouse, Lemzo Diamono. Keening voices, frenetic tama drums, thundering sabar drums, synthesized xylophones, and, above all, Faye's hard-rocking guitar: that was marimbalax. For this, Lemzo Diamono's international debut, Sterns Africa has selected the best tracks from the band's first three Senegalese albums, first released in 1992 and '93.