West Africa’s most iconic dance-band are back. A decade on from their last album and almost half a century since their formation, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab return with a timeless set of classic, swaying tunes fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms and African tradition in the group’s trademark style.
Recorded locally in Moussa X’s Dakar studio, the new recordings sound fresh and yet reassuringly familiar, retaining the ripeness of the sound that made Orchestra Baobab a legend but interpreted with a vigour and vibrancy, and with a few twists, that are vital and captivating.
‘Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng’ is dedicated to one of the bands original vocalists who sadly died in November 2016. His songs will continue to be sung with the band by his son Alpha. It represents the latest chapter in a long and storied career that started in 1970 when the newly-formed Orchestra Baobab helped forge Dakar into one of the world’s most vital musical cities. Over the next decade the group dominated the local scene and produced countless hits before disbanding in the early eighties.
A huge groundswell of international interest in their original recordings - and in particular the acclaim that greeted World’s Circuit’s reissue of their legendary 1982 album ‘Pirate’s Choice’ - led to the triumphant reformation of the band in 2001 and their award winning comeback album ‘Specialist In All Styles’.
Since then they’ve toured the world to international acclaim and have now been back together as long as they were in the belle epoque of the group’s first incarnation. This, their third album since their felicitous comeback – produced by Nick Gold, Lamine Faye and Jerry Boys - is an irresistible mix of velvet harmonies, warm and heartfelt vocals, smoky sax and sweetly shimmering kora and guitar lines, expertly crafted and masterfully delivered with a poise and virtuosity built up over a lifetime.
We give you Orchestra Baobab: specialist in all styles, still going strong and still growing…
released March 31, 2017
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