Nieuwste album van Orchestra Baobab uit Senegal 2017 release. De groep bestaat inmiddels al bijna 50 jaar! Hun legendarische albums uit de jaren zeventig zijn inmiddels peperdure collectors items, de cd`s uit de jaren tachtig zijn wellicht nog wel te vinden en inmiddels hebben ze tussen 2002 en nu alweer vier albums gemaakt voor het Britse kwaliteitslabel World Circuit. Ndouga Dieng was de zanger van de band van het eerste uur. Hij overleed vorig jaar en krijgt met dit nieuwe album een volwaardig eerbetoon. De Afro-Cubaanse ritmes, de warme gitaarsound en de blazers zijn ook hier weer niet te versmaden.
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.
Orchestra Baobab have enjoyed an extraordinary career. In the 1970s they shook up the music scene in Senegal with their unique, lilting blend of traditional African influences and Afro-Cuban dance styles. Then they broke up for 16 years, before returning in 2001 to be hailed as cult heroes. This is only the third new studio album they have released since then, and their first in a decade, following a series of personnel changes. Guitarist Barthélemy Attisso has left to concentrate on law (once again), and the lineup now includes their first kora player, Abdoulaye Cissoko. But they sound fresh and distinctive as ever, as the opening track, Foulo, proves with its gently rhythmic blend of percussion, brass and male voices. Elsewhere, they interrupt the laid-back dance songs for a sturdy treatment of the Manding classic, Mariama, with powerful vocals from Balla Sidibé. A charming and classy return. (review Guardian)