CHEIKH N\'DIGEL Lô is a Senegalese musician.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Discography
* 5 References
* 6 External links
He was born in the late 1950s to Senegalese parents in Bobo Dioulasso
Burkina Faso and began playing drums and singing at an early age.
He joined Orchestre Volta Jazz , a Bobo variety band that played
Cuban and Congolese pop songs as well as traditional Burkinabé music.
Lô moved to
Senegal in 1978, performing in several mbalax outfits. By
then, the Zairean sound was in full flower, Camerounian makossa was
coming on strong, and reggae had entered the mix, and Lô absorbed
everything. In 1985, He was playing guitar with numerous Côte
d\'Ivoire and French musicians, which led him to record material in
Paris in 1987. After his band dissolved, Lô remained in
Paris as a
session musician, developing his own sound, described as a mix of
mbalax , reggae and soukous influences. He spent most of his time in
recording studios, and he picked up as much as he could. His casual
contacts with Zaire's most successful progressive singer,
Papa Wemba ,
were especially memorable. "I was a drummer. So when there was a group
who came and didn't have a drummer, I would practice with them. Papa
Wemba 's drummer was also a businessman, so if he wasn't there, I
would help out. He's from the school of
Tabu Ley , and when I was
young, I listened to
Tabu Ley a lot."
In 1995, Youssou N\'Dour offered to produce Lô's debut album, Ne La
Thiass, which became a success worldwide.
In 2000, Lô sang alongside
Ibrahim Ferrer on "Choco's Guajira", from
Cuban pianist Rubén González 's album Chanchullo .
In 2002, he appeared on two tracks of the
Red Hot Organization
Red Hot Organization 's
tribute album to
Fela Kuti ,
Red Hot and Riot . He collaborated with
Les Nubians and
Manu Dibango on one of the tracks, "Shakara / Lady
Lô is a member of the
Baye Fall , a movement within the
order of Islam. As such, he has dreadlocks , which is part of the
order's customs. The reggae influenc