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Yiilo Jaam

by Lewlewal de Podor

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Cosmographer This is one of Sahel Sounds' most beautiful and contemplative releases. I love the guitar playing, the dreamy melodies and the pure honesty of the performance. A stunning record.
Familiar Spirit
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Familiar Spirit Rich, beautiful music with a warm timbre. The background noise: birds, voices, snapping fingers, and others places this music in an inviting community context. This is music that welcomes you in. I’m so grateful that this music exists and has been shared with the world. Thank you.
Charlie Moonbeam
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Charlie Moonbeam Raw intriguing and joyous Senegalese folk music.

Sounds best at day’s end with the final fingers of sunlight still visible in the sky. Favorite track: Oumoyiilo.
Lorena Moore
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Lorena Moore Dreamy, calming music for watching turtles swim in the river or seeking rare plants in the swamp forest. Favorite track: Jaanfa.
Michał Wieczorek
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Michał Wieczorek One of the most sublime and haunting folk records I've ever heard. Its beauty is beyond words. Favorite track: Ziarre.
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Ziarre 03:10
Oumoyiilo 04:02
Patrimoine 01:19
Jaanfa 04:29
Taara 04:31
Ey Diomaame 00:52
Duna 03:58
Yela 00:41
Diaraby 04:29
Po-Dou-Ga 02:22
Almamy 02:16
Lewlewal 04:46


Hailing from northern Senegal, "Lewlewal de Podor" is a Pulaar guitar-centric band that draws from the folk stylings of Fouta Toro. Featured on last year's compilation Ishilan n-Tenere, their first ever full length ranges from mellow acoustic jam sessions to electrified hip shaking concerts.


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released December 5, 2011

Demba Doka Barry (vocals)
Tidiane Thiam (guitar solo)
Baye Aly Ndiongue (guitar accompaniment)
Papa Diouf (djembe)
Amadou Binta Konté (hoddu)
Penda Diack (vocals)

Recorded by Christopher Kirkley
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic
Cover art by Thiam Bellou
Studio Photograph by Oumar Ly at Thioffy Studio
Sahelsounds / Mississippi Little Axe


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