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  • N'Wolof [Dakar Sound, 1998] A-

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N'Wolof [Dakar Sound, 1998]
A mere 3800 miles west of the contemporaneous Éthiopiques sessions, the original Senegalese salsa band surveys its turf after hiring leather-lunged Laye M'Boup to up its trad cred with his Wolof blues. Sometimes the grooves bounce and sway on their poky three-and-two, sometimes they pace soulfully forward. Either way the voice holds--first time the soon-renowned Thione Seck takes a lead, the record briefly disappears. So all praise to M'Boup, dead in a car crash in 1974. A-