Orchestra Baobab's smooth and sweet synthesis of traditional African and popular Caribbean styles produced one of the most distinctive sounds to come out of West Africa. Mellow and funky brass grooves and the silkiest of guitar lines combine to give the flavours of salsa, rumba and Senegalese rhythms.
Baobab are a fantastic band, but this re-issue of a re-issue really shows how marketing muscle makes a difference, even in the perceived "backwater" of World Music. I'm not saying that this is a bad record - far from it, it's brilliant, but there are certainly two other equally good recordings ("Bamba" and "On Verra Ca") which languish in a few specialist shops, simply because they do not have the Buena Vista Social Club dollars to promote them. This may sound negative - I don't mean it to be; but if you search out the other CDs I've mentioned (as well as buying this one) you will thank me for it. The title track of "Bamba" has a delicious "saudade" which surpasses anything on this collection - and for that matter, any other single track in the whole Senegalese repertoire.
Back when Cuba influenced the West Coast of Africa these marvellous moments were captured. Thank God. This music transcends every day music. Listening to this music transcends everyday life. The guitarist is very, very special. This is an unusual collection of songs which deserves to be listened to forever. I can hear the yearning, accusation and regret in the singer's voice while listening to "Coumba". I don't need to understand the words.
I'm delighted to see reissued on CD. I have this on vinyl but played it to death, and the last time I searched for it, it was only available in the US on import (from where?). Buy it, it will become one of your most precious possesions. It's all fantastic, but Soldadi stands out as the most enchanting, gentle song I've ever heard. Improve your quality of life - order it today!
The snaking guitar and meandering trumpet introduce the sad sounding lyric to the delicate opening track,"utra horas." You immediately know you´re listening to something very special. The upbeat,"ledi Ndie M´boj," follows with it´s sprightly rhythms. This group have a stunning range and work brilliantly in tandem together. What strikes you is their harmony as musicians and the huge range of styles. For a start the singing is in a patois of French, Spanish and african languages. My favourite has to be the fourth track with it´s flowing trumpet and driving guitar, I love the bassy solo. Things cool off a little bit on the second CD but the group showcase their more subtle side. This is a record to uplift you and an excellent gateway into West African music. It also serves to show you the influence that African music has had on other musical styles. This is a real treasure in my music collection and I recommend it to all those with an interest in broadering their musical horizons. A classic.
This is a welcome re-issue of famous recordingsof the eighties. It is sweet like Bissap it is fierce like the scotch bonnet pepper. From Docteur Nico to Bembeya ,From Baobab to Rail Band of Mali The music has the flavour that all these musicians tried to capture a blend of African Arabic European and Caribean punch. People keep asking Where is this from? Senegal Where else