Thione Seck

Decades: 2000s


Senegal. Clarinettist, drummer and singer Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck’s background. He started playing in his family’s traditional griot group and studied local music forms extensively. After leaving Baobob he began working with his brother, Mapenda, in Raam Daan (who would later feature guitarist Adama Faye, his most frequent solo collaborator). Four cassette albums as Raam Daan followed, though a more representative selection of songs can be found on the solo Le Pouvoir D’Un Coeur Pur, released by UK label Stern’s Records in 1988.

Throughout his recording career Seck has chosen to work with the cream of session musicians,...

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