Senegal. Clarinetist, drummer and singer Thione Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck's background. He started playing in his family's traditional griot group and studied local music forms extensively. After leaving Baobob he began working with his brother, Mapenda, in Raam Daan (who would later feature guitarist Adama Faye, his most frequent solo collaborator). Four cassette albums as Raam Daan followed, though a more representative selection of songs can be found on the solo Le Pouvoir D'Un Coeur Pur, released by UK label Stern's Records in 1988.
Throughout his recording career Seck has chosen to work with the cream of session musicians, including Cameroonians Manu Lima, Guy Lobe and Dalle Penda, as well as Faye and a number of leading Indian players. This has ensured that his status as one of Africa's `musicians' musicians' has not been compromised. He has sold an enormous quantity of recordings (mostly in cassette format), though his 1991 song, `Papa', complained of the piratical nature of the local music industry which continues to rob him of royalties. His official recordings for Stern's, including 1996's Daaly and 2005's terrific Arabic-influenced Orientation, have helped promote his music to a wider audience. - See more at: © B.B. King Blues Club & Grill