Exposé Online banner

Serah — Senegal Moon
(Great Northern Arts , 1998, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1999-01-01

Senegal Moon Cover art

Serah is an American born composer and singer who has lived in both Africa and France. Her material straddles the boundaries of new-age, world music, and pop, and this is her fourth release. The eleven pieces herein carry a strong African flavor, but also a strong sense of euro-folk-classicism. Her voice is excellent, but a little frail and unrefined at times – which in a way gives the disc a nice touch, but it's also a nice contrast with vocalist Grace Storm, who provides the more soothing and ethereal backing vocal passages, while the Mauritanian born vocalists Daby and Omar Tour‚ and Senegalese vocalist Guilla Thiam provide the more rhythmic African based vocal stylings which to some degree are an integral component of almost every piece on the disc. No expense was spared in the production, and the strong contingent of backing musicians should be ample evidence thereof: bass god Bernard Paganotti (Magma, Weidorje, Paga, Manu Katch‚) and his trademark style can be heard on every tune; also in the lineup is Paga keyboardist Bertrand LaJudie. Paganotti's son Antoine (who has worked with Patrick Gauthier and others in the past) capably mans the drum kit, and his daughter Himiko offers backing vocals, while guitarist Patrice Tison and percussionist Xavier Desandre round out the lineup. The packaging is all-out as well, a cardboard tri-fold five color with die cut sleeve and gold printing. While the instrumental component and vocalizing are quite strong, too often the material wanders too close to new-age pop territory. Obviously this was conceived as a mainstream project, but it just happens to be interesting and somewhat progressive due to the African music content and the outstanding players/arrangers that back her.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Serah, Bernard Paganotti

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sun Ra - Disco 3000 - Complete Milan Concert 1978 – Most of the Sun Ra I’ve heard before (and I’m far from an expert on his extensive catalog) was in large ensemble settings. Here we get an Italian quartet gig from 23 January, 1978, featuring the...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues