Cheikh Lo’s Jamm…Chill, and enjoy the groove

I can’t believe I missed this one, but miss it I did, and so for some of the readers this might be old news. But as I am trying to document the best in World music, I will not be deterred from writing about one of my favourite Senagelese artists, who’s album releases are a rarity to say the least – on average they come around once every five years!.

I first discovered Cheikh Lo while browsing a small world music stand in Camden Market, and I met myself 20 years in the future – a man so passionate about his music that all I could do was sit back and listen to him sell me the music.

What I got was my ears around an album (Bambay Gueej) produced by one giant of from the world music scene, Youssou N’Dour, and one from the masters of World Music production, Nick Gold. For me that album has always beent he benchmark for this wonderful artist, and since that original purchase I’ve always been an avid fan.

This album is more laid back and has less of a flamenco, brazilica sound, compared to Lamp Fall, although you do get reminders of that albums, in particular the rolling rhythms of “Sou” as featured on the new album under the name of “Dieuf Dieul”. The track “Ne Parti Pas” is one of my favourite tracks on the album as it has simplicity that I think works really well, great positive vibes and space for the Cheikh’s great voice, equally “Folly Cagni” is almost a Cheikh unplugged and very good track to finish the album up on. Don’t know if it’s me, but Cheikh seems to be sounding more and more like Horace Andy as the age catches up on him.