Orchestra Baobab

Orchestra Baobab posing with their instruments

Hailing from Senegal but steeped in Afro-Cuban traditions, Orchestra Baobab take their rightful place on the line-up for London’s Latin Music Festival – La Linea.

Tonight will see the group play music from their 2017 album, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng - their first release in over a decade and full of the swaying tunes that have become the group’s trademark, - as well as classics drawn from their illustrious career. Expect the unexpected in a show full of special surprises and distinctive sounds.

The West-Africans fuse Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese Rumba and High Life, which back at their inception in 1970 kick-started a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, turning the capital, Dakar, into one of the world’s most vibrant musical cities. Over the next decade the group dominated the local scene, producing countless hits before disbanding in the mid-80s. But it was their overlooked 1982 album, Ken Dou Werente – which included many of their most famous songs, ‘Coumba’ and ‘Ledi Njemme Mbodj’– that became a cult classic, re-released to huge acclaim by World Circuit in 1989 as Pirate’s Choice.

Produced by Como No!

*Excludes £3 booking fee
‘Old-school Africa at its finest‘
The Observer
‘One of the world’s greatest live acts‘
The Guardian


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