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10/16/2015

2005 release. Esteemed by many Senegalese as their country's most poetic songwriter and greatest living singer, Thione Seck achieved his most celebrated work with Orientation. Recorded in Dakar, Cairo, Madras, and Paris over a span of three years that involved an intercontinental cast of 11 singers and 24 instrumentalists, this album is an exploration of the diverse musical paths that have transported Seck, starting with the Wolof griot tradition into which he was born and the Sufi muezzin's call to prayer he has heard all his life, and proceeding to the Arabic pop music picked up by radio from across the Sahara, the movie soundtracks of Bollywood musicals, and the urban Senegalese mbalax style that he helped invent. It's a wonder that they all come together so splendidly, but -- as the Senegalese say -- wow!