Teranga Beat Dieuf-Dieul de Thies :Aw Sa Yone vol.1 (SN,1981,re.2013)***'
Dieuf-Dieul de Thies existed until 1982 and is an important Senegal band, which never had the chance to release any full album yet. These are some of their earliest recordings, never compiled before. Clearly an experienced energy speaks from the playing with lots of improvisational room, played calm and hypnotic and with certain Afro-Cuban influences (like merengue rhythms), with hypnotic guitar repetitions, small and never dominating song leads and harmony vocal/horns responses, complex details in rhythm, sax improvisations (as a jazz element) and here and there some room for electric guitar improvisations somewhere else. The album isn’t so much psych or fusion like other album listed on my pages (still with hypnotic elements, afro-manding, afro-jazz, true African and minor Cuban elements being present in a spontaneous crossover fusion), it has an attractive life energy that should track you into its energy very quickly.
PS. The lead fuzz guitarist, Pape Seck, was part of the band Guelewar, reviewed with two releases elsewhere.