Like many West African singers, Cheikh Lo performs in various languages. These include Wolof, which provides the name of his latest album, “Jamm.” The word means “peace,” an ideal title — and not just because the Senegalese performer’s lyrics appeal for a gentler world. Musically, “Jamm” is a serene affair, built on murmuring guitar, chattering percussion and Lo’s honeyed voice.
Recorded at bassist Thierno Sarr’s house in Dakar, the album’s basic tracks were intended as demos. Lo and Nick Gold, who co-produced the album, then recorded the songs with a full band. But they ultimately decided to scrap the later takes and use the originals. “Jamm” includes some sonic addenda — notably by saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and drummer Tony Allen, both longtime Lo collaborators — but such lovely ballads as “Warico” retain a homespun vibe.