Secka & Royal Band de Thiès

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The Royal Band de Thiès was formed by Mapathé 'James' Gadiaga in 1972, after he had left a school band Cayor Rhythm de Thiès. He soon called upon singer Adama Seck 'Secka' to join him. In their hometown Thiès, the second city of the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants, located around 70 kms East of Dakar, the Royal Band frequently performed in various clubs and venues, and recorded in Club Sangomar. Only occasionally they performed in Dakar.

They released a few cassettes and made it to reasonable fame in Senegal but never made it to international audience nor to an international release. Only a small incrowd of Senegalese music fans was familiar with them until small Dutch label Dakar Sound released a number of their songs on their compilations. Their music is loved for the expressive, soulful vocals and the raw and funky rhythms. The Royal Band's style of mbalax can be seen as quite recognisable.

Another niche label for Senegambian music, Teranga Beat, uncovered their first recordings from 1979, thusfar unreleased. The album « Kadior Demb » is the first full-length album available after so many years.

In 1984, Mapathé 'James' Gadiaga left to join Super Diamono before engaging in other musical adventures (Johnny Clegg, followed by a period in France), before creating Super Cayor de Dakar back in Senegal.

Musicians on « Jomba Gnaw »:
Adama Seck 'Secka'
: vocals;
Ass M'Baye: vocals;
Pape Seck, Souleymane N'Diaye: lead guitar;
Bachir N'Doye: bass;
Oumar Sèye: keyboards;
M'Baye Gueye Niang, Modou Sene: percussion;
Jacky Seck: saxophone;
Soda (=Soda Mama Fall?): backing vocals
Guest musicians:
Jimmy M'Baye: guitar

Formed: 1972, by 'James' Mapathé Gadiaga
Style: mbalax

Adama Secka

Title Year Label Remarks
Albums by Secka:
Kaye wone mako/Dinama Yeungueul 2006 Maestro Music Sega production CD
Jomba Gnaw 2000 Cassette Talla Diagne
Albums by Royal Band de Thiès:
Kadior Demb 2012 Teranga Beat TBCD 016 Previously unreleased 1979 recording
Dévaluation 199? Local cassette
Vol. III: Ann-Ann 198? Cassette GR 003
Vol. I: Dioubou 1980 Cassette
Older songs on various compilations:
Meanwhile in Thiès... 2002 Dakar Sound DKS 020 (CD 2990414) Tracks 3 and 6 are by Dieuf Dieul
Their Thing 1994 Dakar Sound DKS 004 Tracks « Guene-Gui Dek » and « N'Dongo Dara »
Latin Thing 1994 Dakar Sound DKS 003

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