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Album Review

Putting a classic band together 15 years after their demise can be a recipe for disaster. In this case, though, World Circuit head Nick Gold has definitely done the world a favor. Orchestra Baobab might be best known for their classic Pirate's Choice, but this disc is every bit the equal — it's most certainly not Buena Vista Baobab Club. For someone who hadn't touched a guitar in years, after becoming a lawyer in his native Togo, Barthelemy Attisso is all over this record, offering beautiful, inventive solos and playing whose fluidity, especially on "Gnawe" and "Dee Moo Wor," is wonderfully atmospheric. As any fan would expect, the Cuban influence remains very strong, but the Wolf roots are also strong, especially in the voice of young singer Assane Mboup. Guest turns from Ibrahim Ferrer and co-producer Youssou N'Dour on "Homage a Tonton Ferrer" — a remake of "Utru Horas," their biggest song — aren't going to hurt the album's visibility. But ultimately it's the band themselves who carry the record, playing better than ever (not only the superb Attisso, but also saxman Issa Cissokho). Back in fine style, indeed.

Customer Reviews

Some good work here. Never heard of Sengalese musicians?

This was referred to me because of the purchase of the Buena Vista album. Some good work here. Never heard of Sengalese musicians? You have now and they're well worth mentioning to your freinds. Very atmospheric. Hommage a Tonton Ferrer is my favorite not just because Ferrer who was king but because the bands talent speaks for itself. Check out La Rebellion on their Pirate's Choice album.

Good Stuff

This is just a quality album by a quality band. i saw a dave matthews and trey anastasio documentary on vh1 when they went to africa, and in it they played with OB. since then, i've been hooked. this is very good "world" music, that i highly recommend. check out Bul ma miin and Jiin ma jiin ma for some very catchy tracks. Sutukun and Dee moo woor are also two of my favorites.

Reminds me of the days of old

This brings me back to a wonderful time in my life. Reminds me of these parties I would go to with my Dad and a bunch of his graduate students and colleagues Here in Good ole Evanston, IL! Lots of African music, friends and fun. Beautiful music!!


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

From inauspicious beginnings as the weekend house band at a Dakar club for government officials, Senegal's Orchestra Baobob, named for the club (which in turn took its name from the native baobob tree), went on to become one of the seminal bands of world music, with an influence that extended far beyond their national boundaries, throughout West Africa and into Europe. Put together by original leader and saxophonist Baro N'Diaye, the first version was a seven-piece group, three of them enticed away...
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