Kine Lam

Kiné Lam – Sunu Thiossane 2

Whoa, thanks to Christian for this idyllic journey into the complexity of mbalax. It can be a bit off-putting to some listeners. But spend a little time with recordings like this and you’ll see why mbalax causes intensely thoughtful disturbances across Dakar and the rest of Senegal. The forceful rhythmic precision, the effusive vocal outbursts and the brilliant lilt of it all reveal layers of meaning amidst the seeming-chaos. I for one am looking forward to unearthing further swagged out moments on this tape. There appear to be many.

Come party with us this Sunday at Tandem in Bushwick, Lovers Rock style. Big Gold Belt LIVE, Awesome Tapes From Africa + Mi Ami DJS, 9pm-??, 236 Troutman Street. There’s a smoke machine.


Face A
Mame Thierno
Kor Leer


Face B
Sourang MBeri
Wakh Baakhoul
Souma Sagnone


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

just what I needed today!
first (almost) warm day in weeks here in Minnesota. perfect accompaniment to walking around campus.

thanks for another good one Brian!

April 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Lucky! It’s fucking snowing here in NYC today.

April 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

beautiful, beautiful blog. thanks for all your hard work. my favorite Kine Lam cassette is Le Retour, one of the best of the era.

red cloud

April 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm


April 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This is amazing! Unfortunately the first song seems to glitch and cut out early. Any chance of reuploading the full track, or does your file do the same thing?

Murky Recessreply
April 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Thanks for the mbalax!

May 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This is pure goodness. I want to hire that bass player.

Robin Cochranereply
January 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

This site is too much for me! Whoever you are, you are doing an incredible job! Please keep uploading gems!

July 30, 2016 at 5:19 am

Since I bought this tape back in 1997 I d like to know wether there is a No1 to this No2 of Sunu Thiossane,which is the name of a famous discotheque/club in Dakar.

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