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Cheikh Lo, The Scala

Cheikh Lo, The Scala

Senegalese star is tougher live than he is on record

Cheikh Lo typically attired - Joseph, eat your heart out!

As part of my homework before last night’s gig at the Scala I played Senegalese singer Cheikh Lo’s latest album Jamm over and over again, waiting for some of its tunes to lodge in my mind - waiting to be compelled rather than feel duty bound to play it again. But no, I just couldn't connect with it. There’s nothing ostensibly wrong with the thing: it’s brimming over with easy-going cheer and passion, it's beautifully played and sung, and it’s all wrapped up in that familiar crystal-clear production that producer Nick Gold is so adept at delivering (his recent work with AfroCubism being another perfect example). But something was missing.

‘Breath-soft yet frayed at the edges, Lo’s voice moved seamlessly from the intimate to the epic, soaring above the audience as the song reached its heady climax’

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