This is the type of record that will slap cultural essentialists in the face. Africa is ... gangsta-rap-sampling, digital-griot-pop-mbalax? You bet! If Aby Ngana Diop were alive today, surely she would be a star of the international touring circuit, turning heads with her talent for simultaneously presenting tradition, pop, and innovation. In her time, she was a star in her home country of Senegal, but her innovations came too soon to grab the attention of international audiences. Now, twenty years after this album was recorded, she is getting another chance to shine.