We gave it an A-
Rock in Senegal was about channeling Cuban rumba until N’Dour cofounded Etoile de Dakar in 1979. The shift — from pungent horns and timbales to fuzzed-up guitars and punchy drums — ?created mbalax, the genre showcased by these two CDs, Once Upon a Time in Senegal — The Birth of Mbalax 1979-1981. N’Dour isn’t the only fine singer here, but his vocals persistently raise the energy. A?