From there I heard N’Dour in the context of compilations – it was great in-store play back in the day as a counter-jerk in a record store. People love a bit of a “World Music” as we called it. You can fool people into it, maybe. But I don’t like to think they’re being fooled at all. Sure, some might be feeling it was good or right to show off other cultures in their music collection but I am sure that the infectious music sold itself; just hearing it created the buzz and opportunity.
So I know N’Dour’s music – but only in broad strokes. I don’t know individual albums. And I had never heard this – which is credited as both being from 1984 and 1988 (I’m guessing that’s an international release date after the original African-only release). Anyway, I’ve heard it now and I’ve been playing it heaps. So good. Just four songs, the shortest is just under six minutes, the longest is 12 – it’s a gorgeous production; alive, colourful, bursting with percussive and melodic flavours.
There’s jazz in this. There’s pop music. There’s so many other things besides. I’ll be back to this one – often. And to others in the catalogue now.