Guelewar Band Of Banjul: Warteef Jigeen, LP (Vinyl)
Guelewar Band Of Banjul: Warteef Jigeen, LP (Vinyl)
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Guelewar Band Of Banjul
Warteef Jigeen
    • LP (Vinyl)
    • Austria
    • PMG (3)
    • (PMG047LP)
  • 6 Tracks
  • UPC 710473191593
    • M / M
    • virgin
reissue of 1981 Gambian Afrobeat/Funk album: The Guelewar Band of Banjul are a band quite unlike any other – an explosive mix of soul and funk with local rhythms like Boogaraboo and Ndaga combined with a defiant insistence on singing in their local language, Wolof. They certainly blew a young Youssou N’dour away. He cites them as his biggest influence. Warteef Jigeen marks the point the band found its groove. The title track sets the tone early with parping horns and psychedelic guitar licks. ‘N.T.C. The Gambia’ and ‘Jilana’ seamlessly blend traditional percussion and plaintive sax. ‘Leen Te Koun’ and ‘President Diawara’ showcase some of the freakiest synth ever to come out of West Africa. It was Laye Ngom’s decision as bandleader to draft in his cousin as singer that elevates Warteef Jigeen. Moussa Ngom had paid his dues singing at traditional circumcision ceremonies and his rough, expressive vocals bring a level of melancholy and intensity to the album. It’s a melancholy and intensity that can only come from years of watching young boys take this painful journey to Gambian manhood, a journey, in a way, that Guelewar Band Of Banjul made on Warteef Jigeen.

tracks

A1

Warteef Jigeen

9:26
A2

Leen Te Koun

7:45
A3

Mamadu Bitike

7:02
B1

N.T.C. The Gambia

9:00
B2

Jilanna

11:26
B3

President Diawara

6:58

Credits

Alto saxophone
  • Bas Lo Fara Biram
Vocals
  • Bas Lo Fara Biram
  • Laaye N'Gom
Arranged by
  • Baay Tanga
  • Laaye N'Gom
Leader
  • Laaye N'Gom
Piano
  • Laaye N'Gom
Electric piano
  • Laaye N'Gom
Strings
  • Laaye N'Gom
Synthesizer
  • Laaye N'Gom
Bass guitar
  • Njok Malick Mike Njie
Congas
  • Alive Badara Cham N'Gom
Percussion
  • Alive Badara Cham N'Gom
  • Koto Suno Icoto N'Gom
Cover
  • Richard Dick
Coordinator
  • Richard Dick
Drums
  • Adama Sall Adu
Lead guitar
  • Moussa Njobdi Njie
Lead vocals
  • Moussa N'Gom
Shekere
  • Moussa N'Gom
Management
  • Badou Salla
Liner notes
  • Badou Salla
Saxophone
  • Lo Bass
  • Laaye Sallah Ombor
Tenor saxophone
  • Laaye Sallah Ombor