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Orchestra Baobab

Tue 7 May 2024 , 19:30
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Legendary West African outfit celebrate half-century of Afro-Cuban beats

Last November, Orchestra Baobab unveiled 50 Ans (50 Years), the first track from the Senegalese outfit's forthcoming album that marks a half-century of their trademark fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, pop hooks and native griot storyteller tradition.

Formed during the late sixties in a Dakar nightclub built around a baobab tree, the nine-piece group have developed a unique style based around their own cultural mix that they have since taken across the globe, including London's Barbican Centre. Nowadays, surviving members are joined by a younger generation of musicians – lyrics to 50 Ans were written by veteran drummer Taga Koité while the number's main vocals come via his son Papino.

With fresh energy, Orchestra Baobab continue to develop their joyous fusion of intense polyrhythms, infectious brass arrangements and captivating melodies.

★★★★

Orchestra Baobab make music for all-night dancing... These seasoned players can still raise the roof while barely breaking a sweat.

The Guardian

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