CD Review by Mark Witner
first heard Mamadou this past summer while vacationing in Rockport, Massachusetts.
This particular CD was playing on the sound system of one of the local shops
downtown, which was run by a lovely young lady whose name now slips my mind.
She noticed that my head was bobbing to the infectious beat, so she came
over to inform me that I was listening to Mamadou Diop, one of the best
rhythm guitarists and sabar drummers from Sénégal, West Africa.
She gave the CD quite a sales pitch and just happened to have copies in
the store that she was selling for a mere ten dollars. The music sounded
great, so how could I turn one down? As I left the store I was thinking
that if she wasn't Mamadou's agent and manager, maybe she should be. She
definitely knew how to sell his product.
it turns out, that ten dollar bill was definitely well spent because this
is an outstanding album. Djibi contains 8 selections with a total run
time of 35:53 short by today's standards for sure but the
music is so infectious and well performed that the short run time is not
even a consideration. This music contains the exciting rhythms of juju,
rumba, samba, salsa, and reggae, performed exquisitely by an excellent
array of musicians assembled by Mr. Diop.
Along with performing, Mr. Diop also teaches about African life and culture, has led drum sessions for public and private school programs, and has also taught drum and dance classes for both children and adults. His music expresses the virtues of his native African culture and definitely has a way of making a connection with the soul, so if you enjoy African rhythms, reggae and salsa, you will love this CD. It is superbly mixed and produced by Mamadou Diop and John Pfister and is available from www.cdbaby.com