Monday, February 8, 2016

Thione Ballago Seck - "Mbaakh" (information, video, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the song Mbalaxh by Senegalese singer Thione Ballago Seck. Information about that performer is also included in this post.

A few selected comments from that YouTube video's discussion thread are also included in that post.

Click for information about Mbalax music.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. I love the music, and love watching the dancing. I also love the traditional Senegalese fashions that are worn in this video.

Unfortunately, I don't know any language but English. I'd love to know what Mbaakh means and what this song is about.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Thione Ballago Seck for his musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

"Thione Ballago Seck (born March 12, 1955) is a Senegalese singer and musician in the mbalakh genre. Seck comes from a family of "griot" singers from the Wolof people of Senegal. His first job was with Orchestre Baobab, but he later formed his own band, Raam Daan, which he still heads.

Seck's album Orientation was one of four nominated for BBC Radio 3's World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In much of his music, and notably on this album, Seck experiments with the use of Indian & Arabic scales....

Years active

Associated acts
Orchestre Baobab, Raam Daan"
Thione Ballago Seck's son Waly Seck is also a popular singer.


mor talla BYFALL, Published on Aug 23, 2012

la belle voix de thione ballago seck sur un rythme de mbalakh bien arrange donne ce beau tube MBAAKH de l'album réalisée par serigne mor talla niang (BYFALL)
Google translate from French to English with my guesses to correct that translation given in brackets:
the beautiful voice of thione seck Ballago [performs "Mbalakh" from the wonderful album "Diaga". the video is produced by serigne mor talla niang (BYFALL)]
Selected comment from this video's discussion thread:
Unless otherwise noted, the non-English comments are in French and include Google translate from French to English. My standard American "translation" of these English translations are sometimes given in brackets.

comme toujours THIONE le monument de la musique sénégalaise est revenu avec ce beau tube merci!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
as always THIONE the monument of Senegalese music returned with this beautiful [video] thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Celestin Bedzigui, 2014
Camerounais vivnat aux USA et bien que ne comprenant pas un seul mot, cette voix et la musique sont d' une beaute ''universelle''... Je ne comprends d' ailleurseurs pas pourquoi malgre sa beaute et l' energie et la qualite de ses clips, en dehors de Youssou Ndour, la musique senegalaise ne s' exporte pas plus. Je ne viens que de decouvrir Thione Seck, l autre jeune Seck, ou Pape ...l autre... Des voix et des musiques extraordinaires !!!!!
[I am a] Cameroonian living in the US and despite not having a single word, the voice and music of a beauty '' universal '' ... I do not understand of ailleurseurs why despite its beauty and the energy and quality his videos, apart from Youssou Ndour, the Senegalese music s not export more. I only come to discover Thione Seck, the other young Seck, Pape ... or the other ... Voices and extraordinary music !!!!!

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