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Thione Seck is, at least in Senegal, as famous as Baaba Maal or Super Diamono. Internationally though, he never managed to break through as did Youssou N'Dour or Baaba Maal. Yet his career already starts in the 1970s, when he became the lead singer of Orchestre Baobab, and was responsible of one of their biggest hits ever, Mohamadou Bamba (1980). Due to artistic differences with other members of Baobab, Thione left and established his own band, le Raam-Daan (=crawling to reach your goal). His younger brother, Mapenda Seck, who was also a singer in Baobab, joined him soon.

He won much acclaim in Senegal throughout the 1980s, but given the media landscape in this country, it was difficult to get out of the shadow of the predominant position taken by Youssou N'Dour. Thione's musical style is recognisable, his "cool", melodic way of singing floats over the frenetic mbalax rhythms counterpointed by energetic sabar percussion.

In 2003, he recorded an album with oriental influences, mainly Indian, as he always liked to listen to Indian film music. This album has been released on CD in 2005.

Born: in Dakar
Style: Mbalax


Title Year Label Remarks
Remix Collection 2006 Wal Fadjri
Orientissime 2005 Cantos Also released as Orientation on Stern's STCD 1100
Orientissimo 2003 Syllart Cassette production
Boul Doff 2002 Origines SA
Allo Petit 2001 Djoniba Productions
Live: XV Anniversary 2000 Djoniba Productions
Favori 2000 Syllart SYLAF 96081
Daaly 1997 Stern's STCD 1070 Previously released on Syllart (1996)
Yow! 1990 Syllart 8398
Le pouvoir d'un coeur pur 1988 Stern's ST 1023
Chauffeur Bi 1980 Valerie VAL 002 LP by Thione Seck et son ensemble

More information about Thione Seck:
See Toshiya Endo's African music discography for a more comprehensive list (incl. local cassette productions).

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