Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ismael Lô - Xalat (1984)

After leaving Super Diamono, Ismael Lô recorded a series of excellent albums that demonstrate his strength as a songwriter and arranger. They also exhibit both his prowess with mbalax, as well as his wonderful, soulful singing. Xalat is the first of those albums, and the cover photo reveals another unique aspect of Lô's contribution to Senegalese pop, one that augments the soulfulness: his harmonica.

Today's post reflects the breaking of a record-cleaning bottleneck that has limited my digitizing recently. This is a good way to resume.

5 comments:

Mouhamadou Falilou Mbacke Ndiaye said...

No way, man, you just make my weekend. That album marked the beginning of Ismael Lo's success in Senegal with classics like Fa Diallo and Xalat. Thanks man, I'm looking for the next LP Xiif, his most mbalax album ever.

Rhythm Connection said...

Patience, M. It's on its way. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend with this one!

aduna said...

Hello,

Ismael Lo already released a record in 1981 : "L'homme orchestre" Gor Sayina.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isma%C3%ABl_L%C3%B4
or
http://www.afrisson.com/Gor-Sayina-1912.html

Welcome back & Many thanks.

Rhythm Connection said...

Thanks, Aduna, for letting the readers know. I'd love to hear THAT record. Probably has all of Super Diamono supporting him.

Mouhamadou Falilou Mbacke Ndiaye said...

The record Aduna mentioned was done while he was with Super Diamono. It wasn't really popular as his following LPs, but it's a pretty nice and deep accoustic album.