Sahel Sounds is at the vanguard of publishing modern music out of the Sahel and West Africa. There is so much gold waiting to be mined out there that I don’t think it will be possible to tire of this fine company.
In their generosity, they offer a compilation of 16 tracks for free (or you can pay what you like). It’s a great spread, representing the talent they’ve unleashed to the world since 2009. Christopher Kirkley, the label owner, should be commended for opening up this region’s incredible music to the world.
From about 1970 to 1983, there were few bands as dominant as Orchestra Baobab. The had released a slew of 20 records and were acclaimed as the giants of Africa’s music industry, playing a mix of son cubano, Wolof music, and to a lesser extent Mande musical traditions.
Made In Dakar is some of their freshest material, recorded in 2007. It’s light, intricate, joyful music.
Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab were my first major introduction to Afrobeat and the wealth of music the African continent had during the 60s, 70s and 80s. They are again performing after a long absence, and are due to release new music shortly.
The music itself is a real clash of rhumba, Son and glued together with mournful vocals. A hypnotic piece.