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    “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.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    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)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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

    Format availability

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

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

433788

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
182
705
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 (All day)
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0
Artist Name: 
Orchestra Baobab
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597994407BUN
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597994391
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

“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.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Released in the UK in the fall of 2007, Orchestra Baobab’s Made in Dakar has landed on many British year-end best-of lists. Their first album in six years "tingles with rejuvenating glee, confirming their status as the jewel in the crown of African pop" (The Mirror, UK). Includes the exclusive Nonesuch Store bonus download, "Mamadou."

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
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)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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