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Thione Ballago Seck (born March 12, 1955) is one of Senegal’s greatest singers and musicians in the genre, on par with Baaba Maal and Youssou N’Dour although he hasn’t achieved the same level of fame outside his country. Seck comes from a family of “griot” singers from the Wolof people of Senegal. His first job was with Orchestre Baobab, but he later formed his own band, Raam Daan, which he still heads.

Seck’s album Orientation was one of four nominated for BBC3 Radio’s World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In much of his music, and notably on this album, Seck experiments with the use of Indian & Arabic scales. This supplements his laid back vocals and the band’s intense sabar driven rhythms, and displaces the band’s more usual guitars, horns, and synthesizers. This album was made in collaboration with a range of more than 40 North African, Arab, and Indian musicians, playing diverse instruments and creating a fusion of styles. Seck has stated that Bollywood films were a longstanding musical influence for him, and the experiment in a fusion style reflects this.

Other albums include XV Anniversary Live! (his second international release) and Daaly. He contributed “Laye M’Boup,” a tribute to the late Orchestre Baobab leader, to the The Music In My Head soundtrack.


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  • CDPETE01

    orientation a really good catchy album.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dimeyoro

    c'est ma reference et un AMI TU ES SUPER BALLAGO

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TYMA66

    slt c séna .thione seck est le meilleur chanteur au sénégal je t admire bocou.I love you

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • TYMA66

    trop nice jadore thione seck.vous etes le meilleure .big kiss

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
  • tamattamat

    Wow, that's a great one "Siiw" has a very nice melody! It's got its spirit!

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • mike3k

    Mapenda is one of the most beautiful songs ever.

    10 Jul 2007 Reply
  • smartvital

    mbalax - i founded a group for mbalax music - who knows more about? - everbody is invited to join:

    13 Jan 2007 Reply

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