Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £30.50 | Malt Room Standing
Senegal’s legendary band Orchestra Baobab is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new album scheduled for release in Autumn 2024.
On November 24, 2023, the group will unveil its first single, taken from this new opus long awaited by their fans.
The song is simply called “50 ANS”.
The lyrics were penned by drummer Taga Koité, a member of the group from the early days, and it is sung by his son Papino, a new recruit who today shares lead vocals with Alpha Dieng (son of historic deceased singer Ndiouga Dieng!).
Composed collectively, the song “50 ANS” perfectly illustrates the group’s ability to reinvent itself through continuity. This first version was recorded mid-September in a single take during an exceptional LIVE session under the dome of the famous KOKO theatre in London, a legendary concert hall in the English capital, recently renovated.
In an ecstatic atmosphere, the nine Baobab musicians delivered this first new sound, a promising taste of the new album to come. The sublime “50 Years” expresses all the talent of the group and what has made it successful over the years: a rich and intense rhythmic base, captivating melodic singing, and superb brass arrangements.
A successful bet: “50 ANS” is already shaping up to be a great Afro-Cuban classic!
Lively and vibrant, let’s celebrate together the fiftieth anniversary of the Orchestra Baobab.
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