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Etoile 2000

Etoile 2000

Etoile 2000


Led by vocalist El Hadj Faye, Etoile 2000 is a spin-off group from the seminal Senegalese band Etoile de Dakar, right about the time Youssou N'Dour was laying the foundation of mbalax with the latter. Its style has been called punk mbalax and that's not far off the mark -- Etoile 2000 likes to push things, and Badou N'Diaye's fuzzed-out guitar solos can be likened to '60s punk psychedelia played in some Senegalese garage. That's exactly where most Read more on Last.fm
Led by vocalist El Hadj Faye, Etoile 2000 is a spin-off group from the seminal Senegalese band Etoile de Dakar, right about the time Youssou N'Dour was laying the foundation of mbalax with the latter. Its style has been called punk mbalax and that's not far off the mark -- Etoile 2000 likes to push things, and Badou N'Diaye's fuzzed-out guitar solos can be likened to '60s punk psychedelia played in some Senegalese garage. That's exactly where most of these tracks were recorded: producer/impresario Mass Diokhane just plugged a tape recorder into the mixing board during a band rehearsal in his garage. The sound quality is murky and rough, but then so is the music, as Etoile 2000's rocking classic "Boubou N'Gary" finds N'Diaye's nasty-ass fuzz sailing over Assane Cisse's rhythm gallop.

"Niety Noon" is more a feature for Faye, who wrote most of the songs here, and his clotted, rough vocals would probably fall in the gospel soul shouter slot in the Senegalese spectrum. Clipped rhythm guitar licks -- you can almost hear them as Stax in Senegal -- center the rhythm, N'Diaye mostly lays off the fuzz for his solo, and Tonia Lô chips in with Latin-tinged alto sax. The tamas are usually used as counterpoint to the vocals until they go off big time in the double-time finale -- kinduva Yardbirds rave-up and a formula Etoile 2000 employs often here. Read more on Last.fm.

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