Aby Ngana Diop: Liital


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Aby Ngana Diop: Liital
Artist: Aby Diop Ngana
Title: Liital

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Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax Senegals quintessential pop genre. The distinctive style is captured in all its ear-popping left-field glory on the recording which was massively popular upon its release. Diops powerful chants and incantations above urgent female chorus cross-rhythmic blasts of the sabar and tama drums as well as synthesizers drum machines hand claps tambourine jingles and horse and train engine samples. When Aby Ngana Diop died unexpectedly on July 4 1997 the country mourned her passing but continued to celebrate her music. Although this cassette has caught the attention of some African music aficianados who have stumbled upon it in recent years it remains largely unknown to the wider world. Hopefully this re-release from Awesome Tapes from Africa will change that.

1.1 Dieuleul-Dieuleul
1.2 Ndame
1.3 Yaye Penda Mbaye
1.4 Liltal
1.5 Sapaly
1.6 Ndadje

H 0.08
W 12.35
L 12.35

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