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ARTIST
TITLE
Artisanat
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STEW 047CD STEW 047CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/2/2015

2002 release. For 50 years or longer, Latin music has been hugely popular in many parts of Africa, not least in Senegal. Senegal's seminal modern dance band, the Star Band de Dakar, was essentially a Latin band with songs sung in Wolof. Among the Star Band's singers in the 1970s were Youssou N'Dour, Laba Sosseh, and Pape Fall -- all of whom went on to enjoy success with their own bands in the '80s and beyond. Fall led Nder de Dakar for five years before teaming up with Ibra Kassé, the Star Band's founder, in Kassé Star. He started African Salsa in 1995. Artisanat is Fall's third album with this band and their first international release. The Observer deemed it "as compulsively danceable as anything from Cuba."