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Orchestra Baobab

[Senegal]

19/O7

Main stage

Orchestra Baobab, an icon of the Senegalese music scene, known for its unique style and influence on African music, has been performing regularly around the world for over fifty years of its extraordinary career. Founded in the early 1970s in the capital of Senegal, Dakar, the group has become synonymous with the musical heritage of West Africa, combining traditional rhythms and melodies with modern sounds.

The band quickly gained popularity at the beginning of its activity, playing regularly in the Baobab club, from which it took its name. The group’s music is a mixture of various influences – from traditional Senegalese rhythms, mbalax, through Cuban son and guajira, to jazz and soul. In the 1970s and 1980s, Orchestra Baobab was one of the most important bands in the region, and their albums enjoyed great acclaim. After a short break, the band returned to the scene in the 1990s, gaining new fans around the world. Their 1982 album “Pirates Choice”, re-released in 2001, is considered a world music classic. The group is currently preparing a new album, scheduled for release this fall. It is intended to be a tribute to all the musicians who have created this unique band over the years. It can be said that a generational change has taken place here – most of the original musicians of the band are no longer alive, but their place has been taken by a new generation – sons and other relatives, thus continuing the unique career of the icon of African music.

Orchestra Baobab is more than just a music band; it is a symbol of culture, tradition and innovation. Their music connects people, overcomes barriers and leaves indelible marks in the hearts of listeners around the world.

Musicians:

Zaccharia Koité – vocal, timbales

Alpha Dieng – vocal

Mamadou Mountaga Koite – drums, timbales

Abdoul Aziz Thione – bass

Moussa Sissokho – congas

Yahya Fall – rhythm guitar

Rene Sowatche – solo guitar

Wilfrid Zinsou – sax, trombone

Seydou Nourou Koite – tenor sax, alt sax