Track ListingClick tracks with speaker icon to listen
|1||Bul Ma Miin (Ndiouga Dieng / Barthélemy Attiso)||6:02|
|2||Sutukun (Trad. arr. Balla Sidibe / Barthélemy Attiso)||5:30|
|3||Dee Moo Wóor (Ndiouga Dieng / Barthélemy Attiso)||4:16|
|4||Jiin Ma Jiin Ma (Rudy Gomis / Ndeye Mbaye / Barthélemy Attiso)||6:03|
|5||Ndongoy Daara (Barthélemy Attiso / Laye Mboup)||5:19|
|6||On Verra Ça (Balla Sidibe, arr. Barthélemy Attiso)||4:56|
|7||Hommage à Tonton Ferrer (Rudy Gomis, Balla Sidibe, Ndiouga Dieng, Barthélemy Attiso, Ibrahim Ferrer)||5:52|
|8||El Son Te Lama (José Marquetti)||5:25|
|9||Gnawoe (Barthélemy Attisso / Rudy Gomis)||6:21|
News & Reviews
- Monday, December 7, 2009
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.
- Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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
Orchestra Baobab has reunited after a fifteen-year hiatus to record Specialist in All Styles.. The new album builds on the success of their recently reissued 1982 landmark, Pirates Choice.
Co-produced by Youssou N’Dour and Nick Gold, Specialist in All Styles features the unique Afro-Cuban blend that characterizes Orchestra Baobab’s sound. The album features many of the group’s original members, including vocalists Balla Sidibe and Rudy Gomis, saxophonist Issa Cissoko, and guitarist Barthelemy Atisso. A remake of the Cuban classic “El Son Te Llama” is sung by Medoune Diallo, a Pirates Choice vocalist. Another highlight is a poignant version of the ballad “Utrus Horas,” on which the group is joined by Youssou N’Dour and Ibrahim Ferrer.
Orchestra Baobab formed in Dakar in 1970, when Baro N’Diaye and Sidathe Ly assembled an all-star cast of players to perform weekly at the Baobab Club, an intimate meeting spot for Senegalese government officials. Orchestra Baobab was soon playing nightly to sold-out crowds.
Hailed as a world music classic, the group’s Pirates Choice was recently re-released by World Circuit/Nonesuch to critical acclaim. It received four stars in Rolling Stone and a grade A Entertainment Weekly review, in which Will Hermes calls it “a perfect album.” Robert Christgau of the Village Voice writes that “no African band has ever emulated a New World music as gracefully as this Cuban-style unit.”
On July 9, Orchestra Baobab begins a tour of major cities across the U.S.
Balla Sidibe, vocals (2, 6), timbales
Rudy Gomis, vocals (4, 9), maracas, clave
Ndiouga Dieng, vocals (1, 3, 7)
Assane Mboup, vocals (5, 7)
Medoune Diallo, vocals (8)
Barthélemy Attisso, vocals (7, 9), solo & rhythm guitars
Issa Cissokho, tenor saxophone
Thierno Koite, soprano, alto, & tenor saxophones
Latfi Ben Geloune, rhythm guitars
Charlie Ndiaye, bass guitar
Mountaga Koite, drums, congas
Ibrahim Ferrer, Youssou N’Dour, vocals (7)
Thio M’baye, sabar drums (3, 8)
A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold with Youssou N’Dour
Recorded and Mixed by Jerry Boys
Recorded and Mixed at Livingston Studios, London
Additional Recording at Xippi Studios, Dakar, and Studio Davout, Paris
Assistant Engineers: Simon Burwell, John Mallison, François Monnier, Steve Mustarde, N’Diaga N’Dour
Mastered by Tom Leader and Jerry Boys
Recording Liaison: Omar Sow
Production Coordination by Jenny Cathcart and Sara Daoud
Design by Julian House Intro
Illustrations by Bikok T. Pierre
Photography by Jean-Marie Lerat
This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.