Orchestra Baobab Pirates Choice on 180g 2LP + Download
Pirates Choice is the landmark 1982 album from groundbreaking Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab. Formed in Dakar in 1970 by saxophonist Baro N’Diaye and bassist Sidathe Ly, Orchestra Baobab quickly became one of the world’s most innovative and important musical ensembles, captivating a global audience with its unprecedented fusion of African and Cuban styles.
N’Diaye and Ly assembled an all-star cast of players from diverse musical backgrounds to perform weekly at the Baobab Club, an intimate meeting spot created by and for Senegalese government officials. Critics hailed the ensemble as the greatest group in Africa and Orchestra Baobab was soon playing nightly to sold-out crowds.
Pirates Choice is something of a holy grail of African music and an undisputed world music classic. The British re-release of the album was met with overwhelming critical acclaim. London’s Sunday Times describes the album as “a magical sliver of history,” The Evening Standard calls it “a masterpiece,” and the Observer calls it “a lost treasure from the golden age of African music.”
While Orchestra Baobab’s initial lead vocalist, Laye M’Boup, had been killed in a 1975 car accident, many of the group’s founding members are represented on the album: singer Mapenda Seck, tenor saxophonist Issa Cissoko, and guitarist and arranger Barthelemy Attisso, among others.
The reissue of Pirates Choice is a 180g 2LP-set, with the first LP containing music from the original release in Senegal (1982) and Europe (1987) and the second LP devoted to unreleased material. All twelve tracks were re-mastered from the original session tapes.
“Rumbling rhumba dripping with late-night mellowness.” - NME
Medoune Diallo, vocals
Ndiouga Dieng, vocals
Rudolphe Gomis, vocals
Mapenda Seck, vocals
Balla Sidibe, vocals, timbales
Barthelemy Attisso, guitar solo
Issa Cissoko, tenor sax
Papa Ba, guitar
Adama Sarr, guitar
Charly N’Diaye, bass
Mountaga Kouyate, percussion, tumba
Orchestra Baobab Pirates Choice Track Listing:
1. Utrus Horas
3. Ledi Ndieme M'Bodj
4. Werente Serigne
5. Ray Mbele
3. Foire Internationale
4. La Rebellion
5. Ndiaga Niaw
6. Balla Daffe