Le Sahel


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  • country:Senegal
  • region:Dakar
  • style(s):Mbalax, World
  • label:Teranga Beat
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:Teranga Beat

Line up

  • Cheikh Mbacke (congas, tumba, vocals)
  • Cheikh Tidiane Tall  (organ, guitar, vocals)
  • Damien Zachary Masterson (tenor, soprano saxophone)
  • Idrissa Diop (vocals, timbales )
  • Ousmane Diaw (bass)
  • Serigne Matar Dieng (drums)
  • Thierno Koite  (alto, soprano saxophone, vocals)
  • Wilfrid Ambroise Zinsou (trombone, vocals)
  • Yahya Fall (guitar, vocals)


Three great names of Senegalese music get back together after 35 years to celebrate the sound of Le Sahel, the group known as the pioneers of mbalax who first started mixing Latin and traditional sounds at the famous Sahel club in Dakar in 1973. Although hailed as innovators, the group stayed together just three years before going separate ways. Singer and timbale player Idrissa Diop went to France where he had a solo career for 30 years including playing with Carlos Santana; organist, guitarist and chef d'Orchestre Cheikh Tidiane Tall continued in Senegal composing and arranging for many groups and sax player Thierno Koite was a member of Super Etoile de Dakar and Orchestre Baobab. Now, pooling their formidable experience for a fresh look at their illustrious past, they're doing it better than ever.