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Youssou N’Dour – Immigrés (1988)

March 27, 2020


“I have no idea to this day what those 2 Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are better left unsaid.”
– The Shawshank Redemption

An all time great film & scene.

But if you’ve seen The Shawshank Redemption, this is not new information.

Roll the clip!



Why do some albums have such a significant gap between recording & release dates?

I assumed, in most cases, it would be because the albums weren’t very good.

However, the opposite has been true with several of the 1001 albums.

Whether it was The Modern Lovers, Tonight’s The Night, or Back at the Chicken Shack, it wasn’t a lack of quality keeping these records from seeing the light of day.

And considering Immigrés was recorded in 1984 (and according to Wikipedia, not Immigresreleased until 1988), Youssou N’Dour is now a part of that good-album-with-curious-release-delay club.


Even after multiple listens, I have no idea to this day what Youssou N’Dour is singing about.

That being said, even if I don’t know what he’s singing, it’s still possible to be quite moved by how he’s singing.

Though we’re not exactly incarcerated like the inmates at Shawshank, for listeners feeling a bit stuck these days, these rhythms provide the same sort of day-brightening experience.

Especially in the case of the title track, it was such an uplifting melody.

But as for the lyrics?

Much like Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption, the truth is, I don’t think I want to know.

Some things may be better left unsaid.


Verbalize the Positive

Season 3 of The Ozark has arrived!

From → 1980s

  1. Never heard this one, but imagine I’d enjoy it.

  2. Peter Gabriel toured with Youssou N’Dour (and others) in 1988 for Human Rights Now!
    Co-incidence? You be the judge.

    • My intro to him would have been his vocals on In Your Eyes – needless to say, it was nice to hear That Voice Again!

  3. Don’t know Youssou, but by name. However, Shawshank…I know and I know well. Any time I am flipping channels and I come across this one, I stop and watch. One of my all time favorite movies!!

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    Haven’t watched any of Ozark but I keep hearing good things. So much TV to watch but I don’t actually spend that much time doing it.

    • I quite like it – did you ever watch Arrested Development? It’s funny seeing Jason Bateman trying to keep his family together in the Ozark as well, though in a much darker context!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        Yes. I watched a bit of Arrested a Development. Very funny. I really like Bateman. It’s funny that he’s Mallory’s brother.

  5. Maybe some tunes need to age before they are released?

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