Album: Baaba Maal, Television (Palm)

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It was a surprise to learn that Brian Eno wasn't involved in this multilayered, subtly textured album. For example, the slowly building "International" is pure My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, with its airport-Tannoy female voice reeling off world cities to a complex ethnic groove of unknown provenance. Top marks to this Senegalese star for coming back after eight years with a sound somewhat removed from the obviously African, but so coolly 21st century. A sublime, fully realised success.