Magazine article New Internationalist

Jamm

Magazine article New Internationalist

Jamm

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Jamm

by Cheikh Lô (World Circuit TSCD 579 CD)

A quick rumble of drums and we're into the confident chords and skittish melodies that launches 'Conic', the opening song on Jamm, the first album in half a decade from Senegal's Cheikh Lo. One of the strengths of Jamm (meaning 'peace' in Wolof) is its unfussy immediacy and its confident sense of self and spirituality. Songs such as 'Sankara' (for Burkina Faso's assassinated president) and the compassionate 'Il n'est jamais trop tard', about Africans seeking new life in Europe, stem from a deep engagement with regional cares.

Originating from Burkina Faso, Lô's musical journey has been a long one, starting in the Afro-Cuban bands of his homeland before moving to Senegal, then Paris, then Dakar, where Youssou N'Dour first heard the young singer. …

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