Pirates Choice
 : Pirates Choice

from: Nonesuch

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0075597964325
Feature: 2 Disc set
Format: CD-ROM
Item Dimensions: 5549228559
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
MPN: 075597964325
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: January 08, 2002
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: January 08, 2002
Studio: Nonesuch

  • 2 Disc set

Disc 1:
  1. Utrus Horas
  2. Coumba
  3. Ledi Ndieme M'bodj
  4. Werente Serigne
  5. Ray M'Bele
  6. Soldadi
Disc 2:
  1. Ngalam
  2. Toumaranke
  3. Foire Internationale
  4. La Rebellion
  5. Ndiaga Niaw
  6. Balla Daffe
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
From Senegal - home of Youssou N'Dour, one of this band's biggest fans - and originally the house band of a popular night club, Orchestra Baobab came together in 1970, but waited 12 years to record their masterpiece. PIRATES CHOICE became a Holy Grail to lovers of world music, who were entranced by its shuffling rumba rhythms and delicate instrumental virtuosity. To celebrate the band's recent reunion for a UK tour, World Circuit remastered the original 1989 release - never before issued here - and added a second CD of material from the same sessions. It's an undiluted, soulful, relaxed set of rhythmic grooves laid down by an African group who felt a huge Cuban influence on their mellow sound. A lengendary cult reissue at a special price with new artwork and 6 bonus tracks, this release is targeted to core world music aficionados, and boasts the same breakout protential as the label's much admired vintage releases by Los Zafiros and Los Estrellas de Areito.
For people who know their Senegalese music, Orchestra Baobab's Pirates Choice is the Holy Grail. By the time this music was recorded to four-track in 1982, the immensely popular band had been playing nightly for years at a Dakar club called Baobab. But legendary status in Senegal didn't help the musicians get wider attention--the album wasn't released in Europe until 1987, and it only now comes to the U.S. for the first time. Latin music was popular in Dakar, a port city, and the band mixed various strains of Latin music with different African music styles to create uniformly stunning results not all that different from Afro-Cuban music. The French vocals are lovely, and the powerful mix of African and Latin percussion is undeniable--but keep a particular ear out for guitarist Barthelemy Attisso, whose tasteful leads float over the top. The original six-track album is hard to pass up, but this reissue contains a second disk with six unreleased songs from the same session, making this a must-have. --Tad Hendrickson

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