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2-06 Balla Daffe 7:18
1-01 Utrus Horas 8:39
1-02 Coumba 7:42
1-03 Ledi Ndieme M'Bodi 8:54
1-04 Werente Sergine 6:44
1-05 Ray M'Bele 6:57
1-06 Soldadi 8:03
2-01 Ngalam 9:31
2-02 Toumaranke 6:58
2-03 Foire Internationale 7:41
2-04 La Rebellion 7:54
2-05 Ndiaga Niaw 7:42

Pirates Choice

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    World Circuit/Nonesuch Records is pleased to announce the first official domestic release of the groundbreaking Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab’s 1982 landmark album, Pirates Choice. The album is completely remastered and formatted to include a second disc of previously unavailable material. The group has also reunited for the first time in 15 years to record a new album produced by Youssou N’Dour and set for release next year on World Circuit/Nonesuch.

    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.

    Pirates Choice is something of a holy grail of African music and an undisputed world music classic. The recent British re-release of the album was met with overwhelming critical acclaim. London’s Sunday Times describes the album as “a magical sliver of history,” The Evening Standard calls it “a masterpiece,” and the Observer calls it “a lost treasure from the golden age of African music.” While Orchestra Baobab’s initial lead vocalist, Laye M’Boup, had been killed in a 1975 car accident, many of the group’s founding members are represented on the album: singer Mapenda Seck, tenor saxophonist Issa Cissoko, and guitarist and arranger Barthelemy Attisso, among others.

    The reissue of Pirates Choice is a 2-CD set, with the first disc containing music from the original release in Senegal (1982) and Europe (1987) and the second disc devoted to unreleased material. All twelve tracks have been re-mastered from the original session tapes.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Medoune Diallo, vocals
    Ndiouga Dieng, vocals
    Rudolphe Gomis, vocals
    Mapenda Seck, vocals
    Balla Sidibe, vocals, timbales
    Barthelemy Attisso, guitar solo
    Issa Cissoko, tenor sax
    Papa Ba, guitar
    Adama Sarr, guitar
    Charly N’Diaye, bass
    Mountaga Kouyate, percussion, tumba

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    A World Circuit Presentation
    Produced by Moussa Diallo in Senegal
    Re-Mastered by John Hadden, Tom Leader, and Adam Skeaping

    Design by Intro, London
    Cover: Drissa Balo Wedding Party, 1967

    Format availability

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

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2002 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79643

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
182
460
Tuesday, January 8, 2002 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Orchestra Baobab
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597964325BUN
Price: 
19.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597964363
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

World Circuit/Nonesuch Records is pleased to announce the first official domestic release of the groundbreaking Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab’s 1982 landmark album, Pirates Choice. The album is completely remastered and formatted to include a second disc of previously unavailable material. The group has also reunited for the first time in 15 years to record a new album produced by Youssou N’Dour and set for release next year on World Circuit/Nonesuch.

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.

Pirates Choice is something of a holy grail of African music and an undisputed world music classic. The recent British re-release of the album was met with overwhelming critical acclaim. London’s Sunday Times describes the album as “a magical sliver of history,” The Evening Standard calls it “a masterpiece,” and the Observer calls it “a lost treasure from the golden age of African music.” While Orchestra Baobab’s initial lead vocalist, Laye M’Boup, had been killed in a 1975 car accident, many of the group’s founding members are represented on the album: singer Mapenda Seck, tenor saxophonist Issa Cissoko, and guitarist and arranger Barthelemy Attisso, among others.

The reissue of Pirates Choice is a 2-CD set, with the first disc containing music from the original release in Senegal (1982) and Europe (1987) and the second disc devoted to unreleased material. All twelve tracks have been re-mastered from the original session tapes.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Hailed as “a Holy Grail to lovers of world music” (Guardian, UK), this 2001 reissue of Orchestra’s Baobab’s much sought-after 1982 debut introduced the band’s prescient Afro-Cuban fusion to a global audience and includes additional tracks from the original sessions.

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Medoune Diallo, vocals
Ndiouga Dieng, vocals
Rudolphe Gomis, vocals
Mapenda Seck, vocals
Balla Sidibe, vocals, timbales
Barthelemy Attisso, guitar solo
Issa Cissoko, tenor sax
Papa Ba, guitar
Adama Sarr, guitar
Charly N’Diaye, bass
Mountaga Kouyate, percussion, tumba

PRODUCTION CREDITS
A World Circuit Presentation
Produced by Moussa Diallo in Senegal
Re-Mastered by John Hadden, Tom Leader, and Adam Skeaping

Design by Intro, London
Cover: Drissa Balo Wedding Party, 1967