Orchestra Baobab is back, and the joy at hearing their music is immediate. One listen to their new song, “Foulo,” makes it hard for fans to resist rumba-ing around the room.
“Foulo” sends listeners into a divine hall of musical mirrors where African music reflects Cuban rhythms that originally traveled to the island from Africa.
The Senegalese Afro-pop legends first came on the international scene with their album “Pirate’s Choice,” recorded in 1982, but rediscovered by Nick Gold (the guy who brought you another timeless band, Buena Vista Social Club) and released by his World Circuit label in 1996.
Orchestra Baobab’s latest set, Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (March 31), comes ten year’s after the band’s last release Made in Dakar. The album’s title pays homage to one of Baobab’s original vocalists, who passed away this past November; his son, Alpha, continues to sing with he band. Expect another sampler of African and international styles woven by saxophone, guitar, congas and kora and always accompanied by the call of soulful vocals.
Listen to “Foulo” below.