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Ismaël Lô

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Senegalese guitarist, harmonica participant and singer Ismael Lo is really a increasing star of world music. Along with his clean multi-textured tone of voice and low-key folky design, he and his 12-piece music group play strong, complicated, percussion-laden mbalax tunes that discuss essential topics in Senegal which range from racism and respect to immigration. He was created right into a Muslim family members in Dongo Buti, Niger, the child of the Senegalese dad and Nigerian mom; they relocated to Rufisque, Senegal while Lo was still quite youthful. His father experienced two wives and between them that they had 18 kids. Lo may be the only 1 who became a musician. He treasured music from an early on age group and got his begin playing a homemade one-string electric guitar. Early American affects included Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Etta Adam, and he discovered their music by hearing the radio. Initially he only performed for the pleasure of it rather than considered performing, but an older sibling, who possessed a membership, asked him to try out on an area tv program, “Tele Range.” Lo stated no the very first time, and continuing to study designing and painting in a trade college, but several months afterwards he reconsidered and made an appearance on the present. He was an instantaneous hit which inspired him to take into account performing full-time. Seven days later, Lo once again made an appearance on the present and was paid $300 for his function. In 1979, vocalist/songwriter Omar Pene asked Lo to try out in his well-known group Super Diamono de Dakar, a music group that performed mbalax-blues, an assortment of Cuban and Senegalese rhythms. Lo, along with his skill for acoustic guitar playing and songwriting, quickly founded himself as an integral number in the music group and quickly became the next lead singer, back-up singer and tempo guitarist. By the first ’80s he discovered himself attempting to release a single career, but experienced like he’d keep a gaping opening in the music group which could destroy it. In 1984, the pressure became an excessive amount of and he remaining for Spain to accomplish some painting. He started recording like a single designer upon his come back. His 1st albums included Xalat, Xiff, Natt, and Gor Sayina, along with a self-titled recording released on Mango in 1992. 2 yrs later on, Lo released his second full-length recording, Iso (called for Lo’s child years nickname). The recording was fulfilled with crucial acclaim in France, and Lo toured Africa the next year to get the discharge. His 1st compilation disk, Jammu Africa, having a duet with Marianne Faithfull, premiered in 1996, and immediately after Lo was asked to execute at L’Olympia with Jane Birken. After touring the world for a couple years, another single work, Dabah (called honoring the Senegalese designer Dabah Malik) arrived in 2001, and in the next calendar year the French federal government dubbed Lo a Knight from the Legion of Honor. He toured European countries and Africa during the period of the next 2 yrs, and in 2006 he released Senegal and African Evenings.

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Full Name Ismaël Lô
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality Senegalese
Music Songs Tajabone, Jammu Africa, Dibi Dibi Rek, Nafantav, Diawar, Tadieu Bone, Baykat, L'Amour A Tous Les Droits, Fa Diallo, Nabou, Dabah, Without Blame, Raciste, Mbindane, Lotte Lo, Xiif, Khar, Taar Dousey, Jiguen, Mougneul, Setsinala, Samayaye, Samba et Leuk, Ale Lo, Gor Sayina, Takou Deneu, Yaye Boye, Faut qu'on s'aime, Djola Kele, Senegambie, Biguisse, Amoul solo
Albums Dabah, Diawar, Iso, Ismaïla: L'homme orchestre, Gor Sayina, Natt, Sénégal, Ismael Lo, Jammu Africa, The Balladeer: The Best Of, Classic Titles, Best of Plus, Tajabone, Best Of, Tadieu bone
Movies Tableau Ferraille, Camp de Thiaroye, Letters from the Sahara, Iso lo, Africa, My Africa...


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Day 2007/III Short
Lettere dal Sahara 2006
Les siestes Grenadine 1999
Afrique, mon Afrique... 1995
Camp de Thiaroye 1988 as Ismaila Lo

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yayoma 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Africa"
All About My Mother 1999 lyrics: "Tajabone" / performer: "Tajabone" / writer: "Tajabone"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tableau ferraille 1997 Daam
Afrique, mon Afrique... 1995
Camp de Thiaroye 1988 as Ismaila Lo

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
13 heures le journal 2006 TV Series Himself
Vivement dimanche 2002 TV Series Himself

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