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Immigrés

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Immigrés/Bitim Rew
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Pitche Mi
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Taaw
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Badou
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 34:01

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greg.cr

For me this is one of the key albums ever made. Although Youssou N'Dour had previously released a number of records, as they then were, through Etoile de Dakar and other bands this was the one that brought the Mbalax sound to wider, western recognition. I'd put the first track Immigres/Bitim Rew in my all-time top ten

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MrBob

Charlie Gillett reckoned this was one of the landmark records of the 80s. If you download this one and the other one that is on e-music (Badou) they both fit on one CD with just under a minute to spare.

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A world music classic

MoFoNgo

I wore out my vinyl copy of this one! Glad to have it digital now. Truly great music here.

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Good Afro pop

mlyndersay

You won't understand a thing Mr N'Dour is saying on this album, but you won't have to. This is lively, snappy music written to lift spirits and make your day brighter. It's sharp, bright and way too short.

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Wonderful!

sarah.strothkamp

I wanted to point out that Youssou N'Dour is from Senegal. I get frustrated when artists are listed as "African." Africa is a huge continent and every region has its own sounds. I was lucky enough to see Youssou N'Dour live in Dakar, Senegal and it was amazing!

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wonderfull

Cornishmike

This is the album that got me into world music and youssou n'dour in particular. It still is the best and sounds superb. I keep looking for something similar from him but nothing matches it, although the (even) earlier stuff is good

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Listen!

springwoman

Really - the rhythms and melodies here are strange and wonderful. Found it years ago in the 99 cent record bin and hit download all here immediately. The short "listen" clips do not do justice to the long tracks. This recording is original, pre-western fame Youssou. Take a chance and dance and sing...

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Icon: Youssou N’Dour

By Keith Harris, Contributor

Your first exposure to Youssou N'Dour's soaring tenor keen likely came on the coda to Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." In the late '80s, with the assistance and encouragement of Gabriel and other respectable liberal rockers, N'Dour sought to cross over to Western audiences by adapting Senegalese mbalax to contemporary synth-rock settings. Unfortunately, that short period of N'Dour's career still defines Senegal's greatest musician to the ears of many Western listeners. But prior to his crossover… more »

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Icon: Youssou N’Dour

By Keith Harris, Contributor

Your first exposure to Youssou N'Dour's soaring tenor keen likely came on the coda to Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." In the late '80s, with the assistance and encouragement of Gabriel and other respectable liberal rockers, N'Dour sought to cross over to Western audiences by adapting Senegalese mbalax to contemporary synth-rock settings. Unfortunately, that short period of N'Dour's career still defines Senegal's greatest musician to the ears of many Western listeners. But prior to his crossover… more »

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The Youthful Youssou N’Dour

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Scholars in the field of Youssology - i.e., the study of all things pertaining to the life and music of mbalax star Youssou N'dour, the most widely embraced and critically acclaimed African artist of the past two decades - have lately been focusing their collective attention on the singer's earliest performances, recorded while he was still a teenager. Despite his age, there's very little juvenilia in the music N'dour made during the late 1970s, prior to… more »

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Francophilia

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

One figure stands off to the side and slightly obscured amid the pantheon of African bandleaders. The Congolese superstar Franco - christened François Luambo Makiadi in 1938, dead of AIDS in 1989 - is the least internationally-acclaimed among afropop giants such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Youssou N'Dour. With a biography at least as tragically complex as Fela's, Franco lived large, died sadly, and left hundreds of hours of some of the world's… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Though he was already one of the biggest names in Sahelian pop when it was made back in the 1980s, this album was a good part of what put him on the international map. On their way away from their earlier Cuban sound, N’Dour and Super Etoile did a nice job of marrying Sahel and soul, despite some rather pointless synthesizer. And, of course, by now this one is part of recent musical history — almost a classic, in fact. And yes, it’s disgracefully short. – John Storm Roberts