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Ismaël Lô is a versatile singer and artist, he plays the guitar and the harmonica. He was born in Dogondoutchi in Niger on 30 August 1956 to a Senegalese father and a Nigerian mother. Shortly after Lô's birth the family returned to Senegal where they settled in the town of Rufisque, near the capital Dakar.

In the 1970s, Lô studied at the School of Art in Dakar later joining the popular Super Diamono. He left the group in 1984 to start a solo career. Over the next four years Lô recorded five popular solo albums.

In 1990 Lô signed a recording deal with Barclay and recorded in France his sixth solo album, Ismaël Lô. Thanks to the success of the single Tajabone the album became a hit in the European charts. The album launched his international career.

Iso was recorded and released in 1994, and also became a success. The album contains soft guitar melodies and traditional senegalese mbalax. The following year Lô toured in Africa. The compilation album Jammu Africa was released in 1996.

In 1999, Tajabone was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother.
Tajabone
by Ismaël Lô

Tajabone, beni tajabone
Tajabone, beni tajabone

Habdu buhu yamba, nyari malaïkala
Rhawe hekiko darum siserum
Momu muhu dida neka mukedinga
Momu muhu dida neka muhonga

Rhawe hekiko darum siserum
Momu muhu dida neka mukedinga
Momu muhu dida neka muhonga

Tajabone, beni tajabone
Tajabone, beni tajabone

Wele (4x)

Abdu nyamba, wele
Nyari malaïka, wele
Sika ule yowe, wele
Dari siserum, wele
Munina, wele
Eka muninga, wele
Munina, wele
Eka muhola, wele
Ah...

(Fonemas en Español)

Ta, Tayebón deñeo e tayebón
Ta, Tayebón deñeo e tayebón
Abdu u yambal ñare malaicalá

Jawe e ticon daru seseron
Momun munidá degan yulingán
Momun munidá dengan wongán

Jawe e ticon daru siseron
Momun munidá degan yuligán
Momun munidá degan wongán

Tayebon deñeo e tayebon
Tayebon deñeo e tayebon

Wulei, wulei, wulei, wulei
Abdu yambbarr (wulei)
Ñari malaicala (wulei)
Chicoley yogué (wulei)
Danu siserron (wule)
Munilá (wule)
Degan yuligán (wule)
Munilá (wule)
Degan wongán (wule) ahhh...

Español
Tajabone, nos vamos a Tajobone,
Adou Jabar es un angel que viene del cielo a tu alma,
te va a preguntar si rezaste,
te vas a preguntar si ayunaste,
viene a tu alma
te va a preguntar si rezaste, si ayunaste

English.
tajabone we're going to tajabone,
abdou jabar he's an angel coming from the skies to your soul,
he's going to ask you did you pray,
he's going to ask you did you fast,
he is coming to your soul,
he's going to ask you did you pray did you fast.

Contributed by Charlie A. Suggest a correction in the comments box.
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