Orchestra Baobab (Senegalese Afro-Cuban band)

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Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese band established in 1970 as the house band of the Baobab Club in Dakar. Many of the band's original members had previously played with Star Band de Dakar in the 1960s. Directed by timbalero and vocalist Balla Sidibe, the group features saxophonists Issa Cissoko and Thierno Koité, two singers, two guitarists and a rhythm section with drums, congas and bass guitar. Since their formation, the band has predominantly played a mix of son cubano, Wolof music, and to a lesser extent Mande musical traditions.

Orchestra Baobab became one of the dominant African bands of the 1970s, recording 20 albums before their breakup in 1987, which occurred as a result of the increase in popularity of mbalax, a more contemporary genre of Senegalese music. In the years following their disbandment, World Circuit released several of their albums on CD, making the band very popular among world music fans in the UK and the rest of Europe. This prompted their reformation in 2001, which was followed by the recording of a new album, Specialist in All Styles. The group continues to tour extensively and has released two more studio albums, Made in Dakar (2007) and Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (2017).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Off the Beaten Track: A Heavy Jazz & Raw Soul Mix by Quantic Various Artists 1
2010 Garifuna Afro-Combo Aurelio Martinez 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Rough Guide to West African Music Various Artists 5 1
1995 Sénégal Flash - Banjul Various Artists 1
1998 Putumayo Presents: Afro-Latino Various Artists 1
2000 The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal & Gambia Various Artists 1
2001 Spex CD #10 Various Artists 1
2001 The Rough Guide to Afro‐Cuba Various Artists 1
2002 fRoots 19 Various Artists 1
2002 The Music in My Head: Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 20 Years History: The Very Best of Syllart Productions - Senegal Various Artists 1
2003 Awards for World Music 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Impala Lounge II Various Artists 1
2003 Fip Collection: Musiques du Monde Various Artists 1
2003 Africa: The Essential Album Various Artists 1
2003 I Heard It on NPR: At Home in the World Various Artists 1
2003 World 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 All Songs Considered 4 Various Artists 1
2004 The Very Best of Africa, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2004 10 Corso Como: North-South Various Artists 1
2005 Africa 100: The Indestructible Beat Various Artists 1
2005 Beginner's Guide to Africa Various Artists 1
2005 Africa Remix: Contemporary Music of a Continent (Ah Freak Iya) Various Artists 1
2005 Senegal - Dakar Sound Sampler, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Golden Afrique, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2006 Mega salsa Various Artists 5 1
2006 The Rough Guide to West African Gold Various Artists 1
2006 World Circuit Presents... Various Artists 1
2006 African Pearls, Volume 4: Senegal: The Teranga Spirit Various Artists 1
2006 The Very Best of World Music Various Artists 1
2007 Les Inrockuptibles présentent : World Jazz Chanson : Automne 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 25 ans avant Nova Various Artists 1
2007 Songlines: Top of the World 47 Various Artists 1
2007 fRoots 30 Various Artists 1
2008 Beyond the Horizon Various Artists 1
2008 Rolling Stone: Rare Trax, Volume 58: Let There Be Drums! Afrobeat Reloaded Various Artists 1
2008 Paste Magazine Sampler #45: August 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Sénégal 70: Musical Effervescence Various Artists 1
2009 Beginner's Guide to Africa Various Artists 1
2009 Black Is Beautiful, Volume 10: All Over the World Various Artists 1
2009 Sterns Amazon Sampler Various Artists 1
2009 Beginner's Guide to African Funk Various Artists 1
2009 Global Village: Africa Various Artists 1
2010 Songlines: Top of the World 65 Various Artists 1
2010 1960-2010: Africa, 50 Years of Music Various Artists 1
2010 Télérama: 60 ans de musiques Various Artists 1
2010 Beginner's Guide To African Voices Various Artists 1
2010 Ibi Na Bo: 60 Africa 70 Various Artists 1
2010 Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons Africaines Various Artists 5 1
2011 Afro Latin via Dakar Various Artists 1
2012 The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa Various Artists 5 2
2013 The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal Various Artists 5 1
2015 Senegal 70: Sonic Gems From the 70’s Various Artists 2
2016 Day of the Dead Various Artists 3
2017 fRoots 63 Various Artists 1
2017 Haute Musique II: Nova Various Artists 1
Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa Various Artists 1
Afrika Moyo Various Artists 1
Boiling Point: Music From Hot Countries Various Artists 1
Corasón… diez años son Various Artists 1
Fruit of Freedom Various Artists 1
Indétendances 7 Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Musical Tour of Africa Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Rough Guides to Africa Various Artists 1

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