Orchestra Baobab - Bamba (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, .cue, .log) | 1:12:34 | 396 MB
Afro-cuban, Jazz, World | Label: Stern's Africa
The opening "Mouhamadou Bamba" is simply astounding – the way the feathery introductory guitar trills by Barthelemy Attisso and the ragged-but-melt-in-your-ear harmonies supporting Thione Seck's heart-wrenching vocal lead that drop you into Charles N'Diaye's reggae lope bassline pushing up is simply glorious. And when those "bamba, bamba" backing vocals start dropping in behind Seck after 45 seconds, just forget it. "Mouhamadou Bamba" shifts mid-song into devoted testifying before a rocking guitar solo and fall-apart ending closes out six-and-a-half minutes of brilliant music. The rockin' side of Orchestra Baobab dominates Bamba, which combines the Senegalese group's Mouhamadou Bamba and Sibou Odia albums from 1980 and 1981.