Posts Tagged ‘Orchestra Baobab’

African Rhythms, KFAI 08/16/12

August 16, 2012

On today’s African Rhythms: Tinariwen remixed, new M.anifest, deep cuts from Senegal and the Gambia, and an Anglo-Afro-Brasileiro musical tribute to the passing of the Olympic torch. 2 hours with Brad and Jojo, streaming now at the KFAI site.

Marisa Monte via LA Times

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The Ten Best Albums of 2008

December 2, 2008

There was little question Orchestra Baobab would take the honors this year with their magisterial Made In Dakar album. Last year Trojan Records were the rage for classic reggae compilations but with the label falling into limbo VP have stepped up with their excellent 17 North Parade series. It was also a year for incredible Afrobeat compilations from Soundway, Strut, and Analog Africa. And Juana Molina followed her mesmerizing Son CD with the even more hypnotic and brilliant Un Dia. Without further ado…

Orchestra Baobab/Made In Dakar (Nonesuch/World Circuit)

Juana Molina/Un Dia (Domino)

Dennis Brown/A Little Bit More: Joe Gibbs 12″ Selection 1978-1983 (VP)

Various Artists/Channel One Story Chapter Two (VP)

Buika/Nina de Fuego (WEA International)

Maria Rita/Samba Meu (WEA International)

Various Artists/African Scream Contest (Analog Africa)

Various Artists/Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump (Strut)

Various Artists/Nigeria Disco Funk Special (Soundway)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Disorient)

The year also saw strong albums and tracks from Amp Fiddler, Sonantes, Pacifika, Jazzanova, Horace Andy, Erykah Badu, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Hercules & Love Affair, Quantic, The Mighty Diamonds, Toumani Diabate, Raphael Sebbag, Orgone, Kylie Auldist & The Bamboos, Bronx River Parkway, Q-Tip, Lucinda Williams, Al Green, and others. (And never mind the countless records that didn’t cross my path.) We also look forward to US releases of new CDs by Seu Jorge, Rokia Traore, and Novalima. Great music is alive and well.

(related post: The Ten Best Albums of 2007)

Orchestra Baobab – Ndéleng Ndéleng

July 5, 2008

In honor of Orchestra Baobab‘s stunning performance at the Dakota on Monday, here they are on the Jools Holland show doing Ndéleng Ndéleng, with the great Barthélemy Attisso on lead guitar.

Orchestra Baobab

May 16, 2008

In honor of Nonesuch finally getting around to releasing Made In Dakar (May 20 – 7 months after the UK release) here’s more of OB’s live majesty.

Made In Dakar

February 13, 2008

In the absence of any evidence of an American release soon, your host bit the bullet and ordered the UK World Circuit edition of Orchestra Baobab‘s magisterial new CD, Made In Dakar. He does not regret the decision. Lusciously recorded and played with the assurance of decades of experience, the disc breaks no new ground but solidifies Baobab’s timeless power. Highest recommendation.

Tip of the cap to House at Intro‘s typically fantastic retro to the future packaging design.

Orchestra Baobab

February 1, 2008

A live performance of Nijaay, a song with a nice slow burn, by Orchestra Baobab at the 2004 Malta Jazz Festival in Poland. (When is their new CD coming out in the US? There’s no sign of a release date on the Nonesuch website. I have given up and ordered a copy from the UK. Review to follow.)

Orchestra Baobab

January 5, 2008

Happy New Year!