Death of convicted West African star, 66

Death of convicted West African star, 66


norman lebrecht

March 15, 2021

The Senegalese balladeer Thione Seck has died in hospital, aged 66. No cause has been given.

He was sentenced last year to three years in prison for alleged money laundering, a charge that did not diminish his popuarity, or his phenomenal art.

Just listen. He will make your day.




  • Alexander says:

    Is this a satire? sounds like a jungle jangle to me 🙂 Just my opinion, of course 😉

    • Greg Bottini says:

      A “jungle jangle”? Really???
      You’ve got to get enlightened, dude.

    • V.Lind says:

      Disagree. But I have long had a taste for world music, and like to really listen to it from time to time. I thought this was lovely.

      • Greg Bottini says:

        I too have always loved world music, Ms. Lind, and I agree with you that this performance is lovely.

      • Marfisa says:

        The term ‘world music’ is terribly Eurocentric, isn’t it? I understand how it came about, and I really appreciated and learned from Andy Kershaw’s programmes, back in the day. But it is surely time to retire it, and acknowledge that ‘the world’ is not a homogeneous entity excluding Europe, the USA, and former British English-speaking colonies. The many different global musical traditions should have their own names and their own identities recognized – only then can cross-currents and infuences and fusion make sense.

    • Marfisa says:

      Griot traditional music; Arabic and Islamic music; Indian classical and contemporary music. Whatever could have put the idea of jungle or jangle into your head? Certainly not the lovely opening segment. Maybe the image?

  • christopher storey says:

    Do explain , someone, why this will make my day ? I have just wasted several minutes watching ( part of ) it

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Lovely thanks Norman nice to have a change.

  • Judy says:

    Thanks for adding to my knowledge of world music. Powerful and charismatic voice.