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Made in Dakar

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Track Listing

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1Pape Ndiaye (Laye Mboup, adapted by Assane Mboup)3:39
2Nijaay (Laye Mboup, adapted by Assane Mboup, Youssou N’Dour)7:11
3Beni Baraale (Bembeya Jazz de Guinea)5:50
4Ami Kita Bay (Rudy Gomis)5:25
5Cabral (adapted by Balla Sidibe, Barthélemy Attisso)4:31
6Sibam (Medoune Diallo)5:21
7Aline (Balla Sidibe)4:04
8Ndéleng Ndéleng (Thione Seck, adapted by Assane Mboup)5:38
9Jirim (Ndouga Dieng)4:48
10Bikowa (Issa Cissoko)4:24
11Colette (Barthélemy Attisso / Rudy Gomis / Ndiouga Dieng)5:08
12Bonus Download: Mamadou (Rudy Gomis)4:54

News & Reviews

  • NY Times Takes Musical Tour Through Dakar with Youssou N'Dour, Orchestra Baobab, Cheikh Lô

    Music from I Bring What I Love, the film that documents the reception of Youssou N'Dour's 2004 album Egypt at home in Senegal, is out now. The New York Times Travel section took an extensive musical tour through Senegal's capital city of Dakar, enjoying live sets by Youssou, for whom "an ecstatic roar explodes" from the audience; "local legend" Orchestra Baobab; and "longtime local favorite" Cheikh Lô.

  • The Times (UK) Names Nonesuch Albums Among the Decade's Best in Classical, Jazz, World, and Pop

    The Times (UK) has had its say on the best albums of the decade, covering the best in classical, jazz, world music, and pop, and Nonesuch artists are represented in every one: John Adams at No. 1 on the classical list with Doctor Atomic Symphony; Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell in jazz; Youssou N'Dour, Orchestra Baobab, "Cachaíto" Lopez, and Amadou & Mariam in world; the Malian duo in pop as well, along with Brian Wilson and Wilco.

About this Album

“There isn’t likely to be a more buoyant or affirmative-sounding release this year than Made in Dakar by the legendary Orchestra Baobab.”—New York Times

Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar builds upon the success of their Grammy–nominated 2002 album Specialist in All Styles, which won two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in 2003 (in the Africa category and for Album of the Year). Orchestra Baobab will embark on a North America tour this summer.

Made in Dakar collects songs from the iconic band’s 20-album discography—some of which have only been available on poor quality cassettes and impossible-to-find vinyl until now—along with new songs recorded recently by producer and World Circuit head Nick Gold. The album garnered critical praise following its U.K. release in October. The Guardian said, “They’ve reclaimed their place as pioneers of African pop,” while The Times called it “the perfect album for hot summer evenings.” Made in Dakar is “another winner” (Observer Music Monthly) that “confirms their status as the jewel in the crown of African pop” (Daily Mirror).

Formed in Dakar in 1970 by saxophonist Baro N’Diaye and bassist Sidathe Ly, Orchestra Baobab quickly became one of the world’s most innovative and important musical ensembles captivating a global audience with its unprecedented fusion of African and Cuban styles. N’Diaye and Ly assembled an all-star cast of players from diverse musical backgrounds to perform weekly at the Baobab Club, an intimate meeting spot created by and for Senegalese government officials. Critics hailed the ensemble as the greatest group in Africa and Orchestra Baobab was soon playing nightly to sold-out crowds.

Orchestra Baobab’s music resides where Afro-Cuban and Portuguese styles collide with Congolese rumba, highlife, calypso, and American soul. Dakar, one of world’s great port cities, has been exposed to an array of cultural influences for centuries—African, European, Latin America, Islamic. Orchestra Baobab combines these influences, pioneering a sound that is at once local and global, which has influenced international stars like Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Mal, and Cheikh Lô.


Balla Sidibe, vocals, timbales, drums; lead vocal in Malinke (3), lead vocal in Portuguese Creole (5), lead vocal in French (7)
Rudy Gomis, vocals, maracas, clave; lead vocal in Portuguese Creole (4, 5), lead vocal in French (7), lead vocal in French and Wolof (11)
Ndiouga Dieng, lead vocal in Wolof (9), lead vocal in French and Wolof (11); congas
Medoune Diallo, lead vocal in Wolof (6), lead vocal in Malinke (10)
Assane Mboup, lead vocal in Wolof (1, 2, 8)
Barthélemy Attisso, lead guitar, chef d'orchestre      
Latfi Benjeloun, rhythm guitar
Issa Cissoko, tenor sax, alto sax (10)
Thierno Koite, alto sax
Charlie Ndiaye, bass
Mountaga Koite, congas, drums

Youssou N'Dour, lead vocals in Wolof (2)
Ibou Konate, trumpet
Sanou Diouf, tenor sax (3)
Baba Nabe, rhythm guitar (3)
Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, trombone
Thio Mbaye, sabar drums
Assane Thiam, tama (talking drum)

A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold
Recorded by Jerry Boys
Assistant recording engineers Sonny & Ndiaga Ndour
Mixed by Jerry Boys & Sonny
Recorded at Xippi Studios, Dakar
Mixed at Livingston Studios, London
Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-9, 11 published by World Circuit Music; tracks 5,10 published by Popular African Music (GEMA); track 3 published by Editions Syliphone Conakry

Artwork by Julian House at Intro
Photography by Youri Lenquette, Christina Jaspars, Miranda Hutton


This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

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