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Dakar - Kingston

by Youssou N'Dour

Dakar - Kingston by Youssou N'Dour

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Dakar - Kingston

by Youssou N'Dour

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Label: Emarcy
Several decades into his career, one of the world's best-known Afropop stars has released… a reggae album. N'Dour has long been praised (and criticized) for his crossover moves, but Dakar-Kingston feels more fluid and less forced than a mere crass attempt to reach the widest audience. Reggae and Afropop are, of course, musical relatives. With a few clunkier exceptions (like heavy-handed opener "Marley"), N'Dour gracefully sketches that family tree, carefully layering reggae's dubby beats and chunky guitars with delicate marimbas, rolling drums and bits of Afrobeat funk.

About This Album

Several decades into his career, one of the world's best-known Afropop stars has released… a reggae album. N'Dour has long been praised (and criticized) for his crossover moves, but Dakar-Kingston feels more fluid and less forced than a mere crass attempt to reach the widest audience. Reggae and Afropop are, of course, musical relatives. With a few clunkier exceptions (like heavy-handed opener "Marley"), N'Dour gracefully sketches that family tree, carefully layering reggae's dubby beats and chunky guitars with delicate marimbas, rolling drums and bits of Afrobeat funk.

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About This Album

Several decades into his career, one of the world's best-known Afropop stars has released… a reggae album. N'Dour has long been praised (and criticized) for his crossover moves, but Dakar-Kingston feels more fluid and less forced than a mere crass attempt to reach the widest audience. Reggae and Afropop are, of course, musical relatives. With a few clunkier exceptions (like heavy-handed opener "Marley"), N'Dour gracefully sketches that family tree, carefully layering reggae's dubby beats and chunky guitars with delicate marimbas, rolling drums and bits of Afrobeat funk.