Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar (World Circuit/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Orchestra Baobab: Aline
Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar (World Circuit/Elite)

The reissue six years ago of this Senegalese band's 1982 sessions Pirate's Choice thrust this exceptional outfit into the world music spotlight where it remains to shine and gleam.

They released the equally good Specialists in All Styles five years ago and have played to wide accclaim for their rocking rhumba and laidback late-night styles which come off like the best of Cuban music dipped in palm wine and tickled by the superb guitar playing of Bathelemy Attisso.

But don't discount the seductive charms of the sax section of Issa Cissoko and Thierno Kiote.

For this new album they invite in Youssou N'Dour for the wonderful seven-minute Nijaay and revisited some of the songs from their extensive back-catalogue -- although with six singers of their own they hardly needed the help.

Another thoroughly enjoyable album from one of the continent's finest.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

In a cover which recalls the Seventies albums Shankar, Family and Friends and Music Festival From India (see below, both produced by George Harrison for his Dark Horse label) comes this exciting... > Read more

Rob: Make It Fast, Make It Slow (Soundway)

Rob: Make It Fast, Make It Slow (Soundway)

In a reproduction of what must have been the original cheap cover, this minimal and curiously religious/sexual album by Rob from Ghana has all the look -- and resonance -- of a rare reggae album... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BUDDY GUY INTERVIEWED (1992): Damn right he's famous

BUDDY GUY INTERVIEWED (1992): Damn right he's famous

Buddy Guy is talking about his club Legends in his home town of Chicago. Every Sunday and Monday it is open for all-comers, just sign at the door, get up there and play your blues. Since Guy... > Read more

JAMES “WEE WILLIE” WAYNE CONSIDERED (2015): Not tending to his business

JAMES “WEE WILLIE” WAYNE CONSIDERED (2015): Not tending to his business

Such mystery as there is about rhythm'n'blues singer James Wayne is compounded by the well-meaning writer of the liner notes to the 1980 Dutch compilation Travelin' From Texas to New Orleans,... > Read more