Thursday, 23 January 2014
Dieuf-Dieul De Thies
Unlike a calendar year, a musical year never really ends. For many of us, the search goes on as we continue to seek out missed hits and lost treasures from days and decades gone by. A new discovery for me last year, albeit one that only gained a full release for the first time in 2013, is 'Aw Sa Yone Vol.1' by Dieuf-Dieul De Thies. This fusion of Senegalese rhythms, impassioned vocals, Afro-Jazz brass and dense fuzz guitars was recorded in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but wasn't made widely available at the time. The nine long tunes are a fabulous, often hypnotic trip and this wonderful album comes with my highest recommendation. Here, as a taster, is a short edit of the opening track, 'Na Binta'.