A: Orchestra Baobab - Kelen Ati Leen / AA: Orchestra Baobab - Souleymane
Africa 45, number 6, an Orchestra Baobab double A-side:
Orchestra Baobab formed in Dakar in the early 1970’s. They fused Latin and African influences to create a unique sound and quickly became extremely popular. Many of the original members of the group were veterans of the well known ‘Star Band’.
By the end of the 1970s they were hailed as the best band in Senegal and perhaps even the whole of Africa, playing most nights of the week and constantly in demand.
The band still release - on labels including World Circuit - and tour extensively.
A: Orchestra Baobab - Kelen Ati Leen
Taken from their ‘Visage Du Senegaal - Vol. 6’ released in 1975.
An instant classic. Drum heavy, mid tempo afro funk workout. Horn and guitar sections in full effect, backed with a chorus of vocals.
AA: Orchestra Baobab - Souleymane
A more laid back mood here. Afro-latin percussion and horns, mixed with highlife guitar. Taken from Un Nuit Au Jandeer LP from 1978.