Super Cayor de Dakar

Super Cayor de Dakar is a band mixing that typical Senegalese mbalax music with salsa, ever so popular in Senegal as well as in the rest of Africa. The band was set up by guitarist Birane Cissé "M'Bol" and by Mapathé Gadiaga "James" who has been singer in Royal Band de Thies, Laghem de Kaolack, Xalam and with Ibra Kassé's Star Band.

The band, previously called Le Super Cayor et son Salsa Mbalax, plays a mix of salsa and mbalax, as the timbales have been replaced by a set of Senegalese percussion. They benefitted from a salsa revival in Senegalese music in the 1990s, illustrated by the success of the first Africando albums.

After three cassettes releases in Senegal, a first CD issue was brought out by Günther Gretz' Popular African Music label in 1997. Two years later, they toured in Europe, but their biggest international success can be derived from their prominent featuring on a compilation CD African Salsa (Stern's/Earthworks) issued in the same year, taking several songs from the « Sopenté » album.

In 2002, a new album came out, this time with Orchestre Baobab's saxophone hero Issa Cissokho added. The album offers in addition two live tracks, one of which is sounding much more m'balax than salsa and shows another side of this great band.

Super Cayor de Dakar
Super Cayor de Dakar   

Band members as featured on the album « Embouteillage »:
Mapathé Gadiaga "James" lead vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6
Fatou Dieng "Pascal" lead vocals on tracks 1, 4, 5, 8
Iba Ndiaye "Moustique" lead vocals on track 7 (Döm)
Cheikhou Diabaté solo guitar (except track 7)
Sylvain Ndiaye solo guitar
Birane Cissé "M'Bol" rhythm guitar
Ousmane Diaw bass
Issa Cissokho saxophone (except track 7)
Pape Alioune Ndao keyboards
Serigne Saliou Bâ additional keyboards and percussion
Ndiasse Faye keyboards (except track 7)
Falé Faye drums (percussion on track 7)
Abdoulaye Lô drums on track 7

Created: 1992
Style: Salsa-Mbalax

Title Year Label Remarks
Embouteillage (Traffic Jam) 2002 Popular African Music pam oa 210 CD
Vol. 3: Taar 199? BPS Production Cassette
Sopenté 1997 Popular African Music pam oa 206 CD
Sopenté 1996 Not on label, KSF Distribution Cassette
Capitale - Région 1994 Not on label, KSF Distribution Cassette

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