Tribu, Tinder Records CD 4284679, 1997 (41:48)
World music Mama on her own
World music. Alive, vibrant, colorful, moving and fun. Sally Nyolos first
solo album, Tribu, is all of this and more. This former member of
Zap Mama has put together an amazing collection of songs, all done in her
native tongue of Eton. Its beautiful, its catchy, and it brings a
sense of awareness regarding how much more there is to this Earth than the
little corners we each occupy. Music to inspire travel or at least the
imagination of such.
Ms. Nyolos strong and throaty voice proudly sings about the bonds of the
tribe in the title track, "Tribu. She calls for her brothers and
sisters to join her in the dance of life. In "Shana," the birth of
her friends new baby girl is celebrated. There are also songs of
loneliness and love such as "Tamtam" and "Bidjong Bimane."
Several of the songs tell longer stories and theres even a song about the
traditional cure for tonsillitis! Of course, the only way to tell what the
songs are about, unless you happen to be fluent in Eton, is to read either the
French or English liner notes in the album cover. But it doesnt really
matterthe music transcends language barriers and you can feel it rather
than know it.
And now let me mention another amazing feature of this album: The voices of the
French female background singers, who offset and add to Ms. Nyolos own
vocals. They add the current that makes this album flow. Youll definitely
want to sing along. And they, too, sound like they are having a great time.
And, of course, all of the drums and various nontraditional percussion sounds
are intriguing and, along with the unobtrusive guitar and bass noises, help
make this effort complete.
In summary, I highly recommend this album and anxiously await Sally
Nyolos next album. She is already well renowned in World Music circles
and I hope to see her gain even wider recognitionnot necessarily for her
sake, but for yours! Either way, she deserves it. Enjoy! And, on a final note,
I urge you to go see her do a live show if she is ever in your area. I had the
opportunity a few months back and it was a brilliant performance with colorful
costuming and dancing girls and abounding energy and mystery. Well worth
whatever cover charge you may have to pay! Kristen Eklund
Sally Nyolo, lead vocals, percussion; Christophe Lesage and Sylvain Marc,
guitars; Guy Sangue, Sylvian Marc, Noel Ekouabi, bass; Xavier Desandre-Navarre,
David Mirandon, additional percussion; Xavier Desandre-Navarre and Moktar
Recorded in Paris at Studio Delphine, Studio Davout, and Blue Marine Records by
Benoit Corre, Eric Bono, and Gerard Noel. Mixed by Jean-Clause Reynaud (and
Eric Bono). Produced by Lusafrica and Sally Nyolo. Issued by Tinder Records and
distributed by World Music Distribution.
Tribu Shana Tamtam Awono Ovouni
Mamterry Nkoule Awou Bidjong Bimane
Djine Ndongo Meguem
of related interest
Seven, Luaka Bop/Warner Bros CD 9 46486-2
Nyolo came out of this amazing Afropean (i.e, African/Europeancredit
Luaka Bops mastermind David Byrne for that concoction) group. A great