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|Abdoulaye Lefevre||backing vocals|
|Yamar Diop||backing vocals|
|Blindman's Holiday||backing vocals|
|Carl Dimitarga||lead guitar|
|Adam Armstrong||bass guitar|
|Malik Diop||talking drum|
CD, Playing time 60:54 minutes
(1995) Stern's Africa - STCD1059 , Cheap Thrills Music
Bu-Baca Diop was born in Senegal and is currently resident in Sydney, Australia. Alan Dargin appears on two tracks of Stand.
Musically and geographically, Bu-Baca Diop, now resident in Sydney, Australia, has come a long way from his birhtplace on the island of Goree. His early work in Senegal with the Star Band of Dakar and No.1 of Dakar, a spell in Paris, and nowadays working with the diverse influences of his new home: all these have culminated in the current exciting and innovative recording. His ten-piece band blends West African tradtional percussive rhythms with striking horn arrangements to create a modern mbalax sound. A bold and accomplished international debut.
Reviewer: liner notes
Senegalese Bu-Baca Diop, who grew up on Goree Island infamous for its dark link to the slave trade, cut his musical teeth with some of Senegal's most distinguished pop bands including the famous Etoile de Dakar. Young and ever restless to get his own voice, he moved
first to Paris, then to Sidney, Australia. It was down under that he discovered the ingredients for his potent music. His 10 piece employs
an array of traditional and modern instruments ranging from Senegalese djembe, Australian didgeridoo, modern electric guitars and keyboard. And of course, a line-up of musicians willing to push music beyond traditional horizon. On this debut album, Diop's rich Wolof voice soars against the deep response of the didgeridoo while funky horns cut bright swath across the intricate mbalanx drums. The result, not surprisingly, is a highly cosmopolitan sound that is pleasing both to the jazz enthusiast as it is to the ardent fan of traditional mbalanx sound. The fact that the funky horns are at times overplayed might raise the hackles of some African music purists who believe the African drum
must forever remain indomitable. Even so, Bu-Baca is easily the most impressive young Senegalese musician since Youssou N'Dour and Baba Maal became household names five years ago.