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Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndouga Dieng

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There's no rule for pinpointing the exact spot where a group goes from group to institution. If you have to ask whether a certain name has reached that point, that probably means the answer is no--but if we're talking about a widely loved ensemble with a 47-year history, it should be a good bet that they've ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dawda Jobarteh: Northern Light Gambian Night

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Dawda Jobarteh

Northern Light Gambian Night

Sterns Music

2011

As the Gaddafis, Assads, Kim Jongs and other poisoned bloodlines (how long have you got?) remind us, dynastic succession is usually bad news. But in African music, bloodlines are benign: from childhood, a musician learns his art from a family elder ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 19 - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band: Live

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Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Live

Grigri Discs

2011

Washington, DC-based Chopteeth isn't exactly an Afrobeat band, not all of the time anyway. Fela Kuti pieces figure in its set list, but so do “belle epoque" tunes from Guinea's Le Simandou De Beyla, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab, Congo's Tabu Ley Rochereau and ...

Orchestra Baobab: Made In Dakar

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Tra le cose più belle successe nella già ricchissima produzione musicale senegalese, il ritorno nel 2002 di un'orchestra importante come l'Orchestra Baobab è stato accolto ovunque con grande entusiasmo, consentendo alla stampa generalista di surfare l'onda lunga del filone “buenavistasocialclub" [le cose sono ben diverse in realtà] e agli appassionati di musica africana di riappropriarsi di una delle ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orchestra Baobab: Specialist In All Styles

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Hot on the heels of the recently reissued 1982 classic Pirate's Choice, the Orchestra Baobab recently re-formed to deliver an update to its signature Afro-Cuban sound. Unlike music of the same name which comes from the diaspora traditions of Cuba, Baobab goes at it the other way around. Whereas traditional Afro-Cuban music reflects the West African ...