Egypt (album)

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Egypt
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Studio album by Youssou N'Dour
Released June 8, 2004
Genre World
Label Nonesuch Records
Producer Youssou N'Dour, Fathy Salama
Youssou N'Dour chronology
Kirikou
(2004)
Egypt
(2004)
Badou
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA[2]

Egypt is a Grammy Award-winning album by the Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour, on which he is accompanied by the Egyptian Fathy Salama Orchestra. In the original Senegalese release, it was named Sant Allah (Thanks to God).

N'Dour combines both West African and North African musical influences. The record uses instruments from both regions, such as the West-African kora and the Arab oud.

The lyrics are in praise of the tolerance of the Senegalese version of Islam and more specifically his Muslim brotherhood, the Mouridiya. All tracks are sung in Wolof and Arabic and are mostly dedicated to great marabouts of the Muslim brotherhoods of Senegal.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Youssou N'Dour

  1. "Allah" – 6:12
  2. "Shukran Bamba" – 5:32
  3. "Mahdiyu Laye" – 4:59
  4. "Tijaniyya" – 5:47
  5. "Baay Niasse" – 5:20
  6. "Bamba the Poet" – 3:53
  7. "Cheikh Ibra Fall" – 3:38
  8. "Touba - Daru Salaam" – 5:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Yaser Mal Allah – percussion
  • Beugue Fallou Ensemble – percussion, backing vocals
  • Philippe Brun – mixing
  • Mamdou Dia – author
  • Cheikh Amala Diallo – English translations, transcription
  • Mostafa Abd El Azeez – arghul
  • Ahmed El Gazar – sagat
  • Mamdouh El Gebaly – oud
  • Alaa El Kashief – engineer
  • Nidhat Adb El Sameeh – violin
  • Bisheer Ewees – violin
  • Mbaye Dieye Faye – percussion
  • Kabou Gueye – backing vocals
  • Mama Gueye – backing vocals
  • Souka Gueye – backing vocals
  • Hasaneen Hindy – mizmar
  • Yuri Kablotsky – violin
  • Babou Laye – kora
  • Robert C. Ludwig – mastering
  • Ramadan Mansoor – tabla
  • Youssou N'Dour – vocals, producer, English translations, audio production
  • Ndiaga N'Dour – engineer
  • Segui Niang – engineer
  • Frank Olinsky – design
  • Khalid Raaouf – engineer
  • Veronique Rolland – photography
  • Thomas Rome – English translations
  • Fathy Salama – arranger, conductor, producer, audio production
  • Ayman Sedky – duhulla
  • Cheikh Thiam – English translations, transcription

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 70
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[5] 100
Dutch Alternative Albums (MegaCharts)[5] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 35
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 81
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 148
US World Albums (Billboard)[10] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Youssou N'Dour – Egypt" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Youssou N'Dour – Egypt" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Youssou N'Dour – Egypt" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Youssou N'Dour: Egypt" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Youssou N'Dour – Egypt". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Youssou N'Dour – Egypt". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK: Nadanuf – Michael Nyman". zobbel.de. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Youssou N'Dour Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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