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Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Import
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. West Africa's most iconic dance-band is back. A decade on from their last album and almost half a century since their formation, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab return with a timeless set of classic, swaying tunes fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms and African tradition in the group's trademark style. Recorded locally in Moussa X's Dakar studio, the new recordings sound fresh and yet reassuringly familiar, retaining the ripeness of the sound that made Orchestra Baobab a legend but interpreted with a vigor and vibrancy, and with a few twists, that are vital and captivating. As enduring as the mighty African Baobab tree from which the group derives it's name, the veteran core of the band remains as strong and sturdy as ever. Vocalists Balla Sidibe and Rudy Gomis, saxophonists Issa Sissoko and Thierno Koite and the long-serving, rock steady rhythm section of Balla Sidibe, timbales, Charlie Ndiaye bass and Mountaga Koite on congas. Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng is dedicated to one of the bands original vocalists who sadly died in November 2016. His songs will continue to be sung with the band by his son Alpha. It represents the latest chapter in a long and storied career that started in 1970 when the newly-formed Orchestra Baobab helped forge Dakar into one of the world's most vital musical cities. Over the next decade the group dominated the local scene and produced countless hits before disbanding in the early '80s.
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The addition of Abdouleye Cissoko’s kora perfectly fills the void left by Attisso’s guitar. The timbre of Thione Seck’s voice is so reminiscent of his brother Mapenda's which is a beautiful nod to the past. The familiar voices of Balla Sidibe and Rudy Gomis are there as well as the infectious energy of Issa Cissoko’s tenor saxophone and Charlie Ndiaye’s billowy bass. All the players, old and new, have created a masterpiece with the wisdom of the original members and vitality of the new additions.
Ndiouga Dieng couldn’t have asked for a more perfect tribute. Everything about it from the arrangements and performances to the recording and mastering engineering is at the highest level. Even the artwork is elegant and reminds me of the hand painted salon signs that you see in Africa. I had the honour of seeing them live and meeting the band during the ‘Specialist in All Styles’ tour and if you ever have a chance to see them live do not miss it!
Also, the UK made vinyl record is quite possibly the finest, clearest record I’ve ever purchased. When I had trouble downloading the CD quality .wav digital copy that comes with the vinyl the people at World Circuit records were quick to solve the problem. I don’t know which pressing plant World Circuit uses but their vinyl is flawless.
But it still worth the buy.