African Music Encyclopedia


Orchestra Baobab


Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970 to play at the opening of Dakar's Baobab Club. It was a creative union, with musicians from all over Senegal becoming involved. Latin music, specifically Afro-Cuban was widely popular all over West Africa even before World War II. They played Afro-Cuban rhythms, especially rhumba, with grace and style and sang mainly in Spanish or Kriolu (Portuguese Creole), but lyrics in Mandinka and Wolof soon filtered in.

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