We’re delighted that one of Africa’s most iconic bands, Orchestra Baobab, will be coming to our intimate space for a special two night residency in May.
Responsible for some of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive music, the band fuse Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba and high life, which back at their inception kick starting a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, turning the capital, Dakar, into one of the world’s most vibrant musical cities.
The band released dozens of recordings before disbanding in the mid-80s but it was their neglected 1982 album, Ken Dou Werente – which included many of their most famous songs, ‘Coumba’, ‘Ledi Njemme Mbodj’ and ‘Utru Horas’ – that became a cult classic, re-released to huge acclaim by World Circuit Records in 1989 under the title Pirate’s Choice.
The band reformed in 2001 with encouragement from Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour and the following year released Specialist in All Styles, their first album in nearly 20 years.
In 2007 they released Made in Dakar, and now, nine years on, Orchestra Baobab are back in the studio recording their fourth album for World Circuit, which is set for release this year.