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Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take)

Youssou N'Dour

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Like his last two releases for Nonesuch, 2002's Nothing's in Vain and 2004's stunning Egypt, Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) is a glistening, polished work that perpetuates the singer's recurring role as one of Africa's greatest gifts to music. Where Egypt was something of a side trip for N'Dour, a tribute to his Sufi faith, Rokku Mi Rokka takes on more of a mainstream melodic pop sheen, with an eye toward the northern desert country for inspiration. N'Dour, in addition to using his regular musicians, reunites here with members of his early-career Super Etoile de Dakar band as well as other players with whom he's been comfortable for years (gotta love Ali Farka Touré sideman Bassekou Kouyate on the four-stringed n'goni), so the results are familiar and the groove locked in tight. Neneh Cherry, who performed a duet with N'Dour on 1994's hit "7 Seconds," returns for a rap on the album-closing mbalax-funk anthem "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)," which implores the Western world to stop taking Africa for granted and look to the continent for positive vibrations. The opening track, "4-4-44," is a celebration of 44 years of Senegal's independence, bathed in driving, repetitive keyboard riffs, a persistent rhythmic punch, and a midsong horn blast that provides a sudden Memphis-esque R&B kick. As always, much of N'Dour's songwriting addresses tradition and its role in an Africa struggling toward modernization. There are songs of love and songs of politics and spirit. "Tukki" is little more than a simple paean to the joys of traveling, and "Xel" exhorts humans to do the obvious: use their brains and think. But then there's "Sportif," with its drum lick right out of a New Orleans second-line march, whose sole purpose is to remind countrymen that there's no need to take it personally if a favorite wrestler loses a match -- it's only a sport. Go figure. Nonetheless, Youssou N'Dour is never less than thoughtful and intriguing, and his voice is never less than gripping. Rokku Mi Rokka is another gem from an artist who has come to define the African music renaissance.
© Jeff Tamarkin /TiVo

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1
4-4-44
00:03:35

Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Abdoulaye Lo & Alain Berge, Drums - Babacar Faye & Steve Shehan, Percussion - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Guy Kaye & Omar Sow, Acoustic Guitar - Ibrahima Konate, Trumpet - Mamadou Mbaye, Lead Guitar - Pape Oumar Ngom, Rhythm Guitar - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer - Thierno Koite, Saxophone - Wilfrid Zinsou, Trombone - Yuossou N'Dour/Kabou Guèye, Writer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

2
Pullo Àrdo
00:03:59

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer - Alain Berge, Drums - Guy Kaye, Mody Ba, Omar Sow, Guitar - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Massire Drame, Musicians - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

3
Sama Gàmmu
00:03:56

Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer - Omar Sow, Acoustic Guitar, Bass - Ousmane Gangue, Backing Vocals

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

4
Bàjjan
00:04:02

Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Mamadou Mbaye, Lead Guitar - Pape Oumar Ngom, Rhythm Guitar - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Keyboards - Abdoulaye Lo, Drums - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Babacar Faye, Percussion - Ibrahima Cisse, Bass - Moustapha Faye, Keyboards, Marimba - N'Deye Marie "Gawlo" N'Diaye, Vocals - Youssou N'Dour/Kabou Gueye, Writer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

5
Baay Faal
00:04:47

Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer - Guy Kaye, Mody Ba, Omar Sow, Guitar - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Les Femmes Maure de Xourou Naar, Backing Vocals

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

6
Sportif
00:03:23

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Arranger, Keyboards - Alain Berge, Drums - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Moustapha Faye, Keyboards, Marimba - Guy Kaye, Mody Ba, Omar Sow, Papa Oumar Ngom, Guitar - Penda Sarr, Backing Vocals

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

7
Tukki
00:04:08

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer - Omar Sow, Acoustic Guitar - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Babacar Faye, Drums, Percussion - Assane Cisse, Rhythm Guitar - Steve Sehan, Percussion

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

8
Létt ma
00:04:40

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Keyboards - Alain Berge, Drums - Guy Kaye, Mody Ba, Omar Sow, Guitar - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Youssou N'Dour/Mody Ba/Kabou Guèye, Writer - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Moustapha Faye, Keyboards, Marimba - Penda Sarr, Backing Vocals

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

9
Dabbaax
00:05:08

Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Bassikou Kouyate, Musicians - Massaer Mbaye "Thio" & Steve Sehan, Percussion - Omar Sow, Acoustic Guitar, Bass - Youssou N'Dour/Kabou Gueye, Writer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

10
Xel
00:04:50

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Youssou N´Dour, Lead Vocals - Guy Kaye & Omar Sow, Guitar - Mamadou Mbaye, Lead Guitar - Pape Oumar Ngom, Rhythm Guitar - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer - Alain Berge, Drums - Assane Thiam, Musicians - Moustapha Faye, Keyboards, Marimba - Massaer "Thio" Mbaye & Thio Mbaye Percussion Group, Percussion - Penda Sarr, Rudolph Gomis, Balla Sidibe, Assane Mboup, Backing Vocals - Youssou N'DOur/Max Calo/Kabou Guèye, Writer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

11
Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)
00:03:56

Habib Faye, Bass - Youssou N'Dour, MainArtist - Ibrahima Konate, Trumpet - Prince Ibrahima N'Dour, Keyboards - Omar Sow, Guitar - Abdoulaye Lo, Drums - Babacar Faye, Percussion - Moustapha Faye, Keyboards, Marimba - Ndemba Kanoute, Musicians - Thierno Seydou Koite, Saxophone - Wilfred, Trombone - Youssou N'Dour&Neneh Cherry, Lead Vocals - Youssou N'Dour/Neneh Cherry/Matt Kent/Cameron McVey, Writer - cirKus, Producer

2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2007 Nonesuch Records, Inc.

Descriptif de l'album

Like his last two releases for Nonesuch, 2002's Nothing's in Vain and 2004's stunning Egypt, Youssou N'Dour's Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) is a glistening, polished work that perpetuates the singer's recurring role as one of Africa's greatest gifts to music. Where Egypt was something of a side trip for N'Dour, a tribute to his Sufi faith, Rokku Mi Rokka takes on more of a mainstream melodic pop sheen, with an eye toward the northern desert country for inspiration. N'Dour, in addition to using his regular musicians, reunites here with members of his early-career Super Etoile de Dakar band as well as other players with whom he's been comfortable for years (gotta love Ali Farka Touré sideman Bassekou Kouyate on the four-stringed n'goni), so the results are familiar and the groove locked in tight. Neneh Cherry, who performed a duet with N'Dour on 1994's hit "7 Seconds," returns for a rap on the album-closing mbalax-funk anthem "Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)," which implores the Western world to stop taking Africa for granted and look to the continent for positive vibrations. The opening track, "4-4-44," is a celebration of 44 years of Senegal's independence, bathed in driving, repetitive keyboard riffs, a persistent rhythmic punch, and a midsong horn blast that provides a sudden Memphis-esque R&B kick. As always, much of N'Dour's songwriting addresses tradition and its role in an Africa struggling toward modernization. There are songs of love and songs of politics and spirit. "Tukki" is little more than a simple paean to the joys of traveling, and "Xel" exhorts humans to do the obvious: use their brains and think. But then there's "Sportif," with its drum lick right out of a New Orleans second-line march, whose sole purpose is to remind countrymen that there's no need to take it personally if a favorite wrestler loses a match -- it's only a sport. Go figure. Nonetheless, Youssou N'Dour is never less than thoughtful and intriguing, and his voice is never less than gripping. Rokku Mi Rokka is another gem from an artist who has come to define the African music renaissance.
© Jeff Tamarkin /TiVo

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