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Orchestra Baobab lit up Senegal's nightclubs for years with their Afro-Cuban jazz and pop, and their infectious grooves easily carry to the studio. Singing in French and Spanish, the band swings across genres, from sax-driven reggae on "Ngalam" to a touch of King Sunny Ade-styled juju on "Coumba." The extended Latin-jazz workout "Ray M'bele" features a fluid solo from lead guitarist Barthelemy Attisso and the rocking, exuberant wail of Issa Cissoko, whose sax showcases liven up the entire album.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant music!

Some of the best unheard music ever, (that is until you listen to it). These musicians meld their individual sounds with patience and balance with skill that few are born with, it cannot be learned, just honed. Their tunes can simmer for six to seven minutes and never get tired or boring, even if you don't understand the language, the soul comes through. It's good pure music that sets a distinct mood.

Brilliant, Textured, Musically Delicious

Out of the 1000 or so CD's I have bought (in the pre-download age), this is one of the top five. It is absolutely brilliant.

One of my favorite cd's by far

For a warm, sunny day with the breeze blowing. This music is absolutely brilliant.


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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