Back in Yoff

Flew in from Yaoundé tonight, back here in my favourite Yoff restaurant (it’s called Figo, just in case you forgot) and after almost two weeks of being deprived from “mbalax”, the ubiquitous high energy fast and furious Senegalese dance music, I am being treated to the new local Youssou N’Dour album. Excellent stuff and just in time for the local Christmas sales. Yes, it’s a Muslim country but they celebrate this one too. Anything to throw a party. And this album is party time writ large. He’s on form and in form and so is his band, Le Super Etoile de Dakar. (Then again, I have never seen his band NOT in form….)

The album’s called “Soleil, soleil”, as one of the always impeccably charming waitresses just told me and it’s got some seriously up-tempo re-workings of his old “Western” material. If you can’t get it where you are…errr….you are missing out. More anon – Saint Louis’s birthday bash is next!

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