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Orchestra Baobab / Specialist in All Styles
Album:Specialist in All Styles Collection:World
Artist:Orchestra Baobab Added:11/2002
Label:Nonesuch Records 

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Add Date:2002-12-16 Pull Date:2003-02-17 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2003-02-04 
ORCHESTRA BAOBAB – Specialist in All Styles
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2002

A real winner! World music super-producer Nick Gold reassembled Senegal's legendary Orchestra Baobab (which broke up in the mid '80s) after the re-release of their classic Pirates Choice album a while back. If you liked Pirates Choice, you’ll dig this return to the sort of relaxed, jamming, Cuban-Highlife fusion that ruled Senegal before Youssou N'Dour and the mbalax sound took over (N'Dour and Ibrahim Ferrer sing on track 7). I actually like this album better than Piates Choice: the band is tighter and the production is much cleaner. Yippee!

Every track is a gem. Play it all!

1. 6:02 – up/midtempo groove; great guitar work. Cool vox in Wolof.
2. 5:30 – relaxed Mandinka bounce; very catchy and upbeat
3. 4:16 – emotional vocal, great guitar accents, very cool rhythm
4. 6:03 – relaxed Caribbean feel and a steady dance beat
5. 5:19 – from the band’s early days: cute rhythm & loud Wolof vox
6. 4:56 – the band’s theme song: repetitive groove, call & response
7. 5:52 – melancholy Cuban son with 5 vocalists, all fabulous!
8. 5:25 – uptempo Cuban: good Spanish vox, great guitar dialogue!
9. 6:21 – happy highlife ditty: perky rhythm, vox, and saxophone

[Fo]

Track Listing
1.Bul Ma Miin 5.Ndongoy Daara
2.Sutukun 6.On Verra Ca
3.Dee Moo Woor 7.Hommage a Tonton Ferrer
4.Jiin Ma Jiin Ma 8.El Son Te Llama
 9.Gnawoe