January 7, 2018

Orchestre Baobab Gouye Guy de Dakar
Ken Dou Werente, Miim’s 1983



Sometimes the front sleeve of an album is beautiful and when
you listen to it, it disappoints. Today we have the opposite.
Quite a dull sleeve but once the music starts to play, there’s
no turning back. The album contains some of the songs that
were on the CD Pirates Choice, my first encounter with
Orchestre Baobab, the cd version was recorded in 1982,
this lp is from 1983. Recordings sound slightly different
but may be the same ones. Wonderful atmospheric music..

De ene keer is de hoes van een plaat geweldig en dan denk je
als je’m draait, jammer. Vandaag is de hoes tamelijk saai maar
als de muziek begint ben je direkt verkocht. De elpee bevat
een aantal van de nummers die op de CD Pirates Choice staan,
mijn eerste kennismaking met Orchestre Baobab. De cd versie
werd opgenomen in 1982, deze plaat is uit 1983. De opnames
klinken nèt even anders maar zijn misschien dezelfde.
Prachtige sfeervolle sound..

tracks ;

01 – Coumba
02 – Lady jibel mbodj
03 – Utru horas
04 – Werente
05 – Ray mbele
06 – Undiya


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  1. Lucky 8 January 2018 at 19:56 - Reply

    Merci, Moos – Baobab were the most smooth-groovy!

  2. ngoni 9 January 2018 at 01:30 - Reply

    Thank you very much Moos, a precious trip to listen to the original sound.
    From the Pirates Choice liner notes
    The recordings on these 2 CDs were originally released on cassette in Senegal in 1982. Some time later the six tracks contained on CD 1 were released as a vinyl album in France. It was this record that became something of a Holy Grail for fans of African Music, and it was these same six tracks that World Circuit released for the first time on CD in 1989 under the title Pirates Choice.

  3. Torchy56 9 January 2018 at 13:45 - Reply

    I bought this record in Sterns Record shop in London back in late ’84….. Even then it was seen as a bootleg, as I’m not sure that Kubaney Musique ever had the legal distribution rights, or MiM’s RECORDS the production rights, or that the band (who by that time had disbanded) ever received any money.
    The recordings are definitely the same ones that World Circuit used for their ’89 CD… I believe it’s in the remastering that the sound has slightly changed.
    Well done for this post, of a truly timeless set from a band at the top of it’s game.
    A very happy 2018 Moos.

    • Pete 17 January 2018 at 03:31 - Reply

      Torchy – I agree. Furthermore the sound on the World Circuit 2 CD set of 2001 sounded slightly different again.

      I can’t help noticing the sound on this LP has an extra vibrancy though. Even as a download, vinyl often retains a special magic.

  4. xxx 9 January 2018 at 13:47 - Reply

    YEars and years discovering treasures through your archeological work, through your generous devotion towards the global grooves. Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU. Your potlatch takes us to a perpetual debt.
    Music makes life better, so do you!

  5. glinka21 12 January 2018 at 03:55 - Reply

    Thanks, Moos, as ever.

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