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.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Since the last Nonesuch Journal entry of 2008, which laid out scores of year-end best-of lists featuring Nonesuch albums and artists, still more critical praise has come in placing this music among the year's best.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
While 2008 may go down as one of the more turbulent years in recent (or distant) memory, or, more optimistically, a time of change, there is much to celebrate in the year in music. Nonesuch artists across all genres have contributed to that and, accordingly, have made their way onto many critics' lists of the year's best. For the final Nonesuch Journal article of the year, we offer an overview of just some of that year-end critical praise.
Monday, December 1, 2008
With Black Friday thankfully behind us and so-called Cyber Monday now upon us, the Schenectady Daily Gazette offers a number of "gift-worthy recordings" out this year, including six Nonesuch recordings: Isabel Bayrakdarian's "sublime" Gomidas Songs, Ry Cooder's I, Flathead, Emmylou Harris's All I Intended to Be, Randy Newman's Harps and Angels, Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar, and Rokia Traoré's "haunting and heart-lifting" Tchamantché.
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Orchestra Baobab were the featured guests on yesterday's episode of NPR's World Café. The show includes band member interviews and live performances from the group. You can listen online now at npr.org, which says the band, in its early days, created "a gorgeous, unique mix of harmonies, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums which started a musical renaissance." Host David Dye says they were "the band in Dakar in the 1970s" and attests that "now, their latest album, Made in Dakar, shows that they are as inventive as ever."
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Orchestra Baobab's most recent release, Made in Dakar, writes Paste magazine, is a "luminous new album that finds the group interpreting—with undiminished vitality—a mix of repertoire items and new tunes." The songs' "sound is effortlessly groovy and deliciously mature," says Paste, "the kind performed, as Baobab’s members do, with perfect vocal harmonies and coat-and-tie stage dignity," with the band's return to regular performances in Dakar giving the new album "an in-the-moment energy."
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Orchestra Boabab is on the road in Europe, playing a number of the Continent's biggest summer festivals. Pitchfork's Joe Tangari spoke with Barthélemy Attisso, one of the Baobab's founding members, whose distinctive guitar work helped create its unique sound during its heyday as, writes Tangari, "one of the world's greatest bands." Now with new recordings from the group, including this year's Made in Dakar and 2002's Specialist in All Styles, Tangari says, the world has caught on.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Orchestra Baobab headlined the Womad Festival in England this past weekend, performing songs from their latest release, Made in Dakar, for an audience of 30,000. The Times (UK)'s Stephen Dalton writes: "Sunday peaked with the West African veterans Orchestra Baobab ... whose undulating rhythms and mellifluous harmonies cross easily across national and generational borders. Perfect Womad headliners."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar tour of the States culminated last night with a concert at the intimate Dakota Cafe in Minneapolis that lead Minneapolis City Pages reviewer Peter S. Scholtes to exclaim: "Orchestra Baobab is the kind of band that makes critics (at least this one) resort to hyperbole and sociology: They sound like God ..."