December 29, 2008 This has been a strong year for African music, with two big trends emerging: the continuing integration of African music into the U.S. and European mainstream, as well as the ongoing unearthing of treasures from Afropop's "golden era," particularly the '70s.
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October 8, 2008 In the 1970s, the musical environment of Senegal was ready for a revolution; Orchestra Baobab delivered. Combining a variety of established popular styles, the legendary Afropop group shaped the region's style with an Africanized sound of indigenous instruments and language. Hear a session from WXPN.
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June 19, 2008 Nearly 40 years after first forming in Dakar, Senegal, Orchestra Baobab remains one of the world's foremost purveyors of Afro-Cuban pop. The ten-piece group will play songs from its new album, Made in Dakar, in a full concert, webcast live on NPR.org tonight (Jun. 19). The performance from the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., will begin online at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET.
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April 10, 2008 Hear a sneak preview of CDs due out this spring, including new music from My Morning Jacket, Shearwater, Elbow, Wolf Parade, and more. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with Stephen Thompson, curator for NPR's Song of the Day, KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters, and The Current DJ Mark Wheat about the releases they're most looking forward to in the coming weeks.
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January 2, 2006 Farai Chideya talks with music writers Tom Terrell and Christina Roden about "Legends of African Music" — a collection of some of the continent's top artists featured in this month's Global Rhythm magazine.
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June 14, 2005 In the 1970s and '80s, the members of Orchestra Baobab were the masters of Afro-Cuban music. After prodding by the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club, the Senegalese group has returned to the stage.
December 31, 2002 An icon in the world music scene reunites and releases the first new recording in over a decade. Senegal's Orchestra Baobab had been on a 15-year hiatus, and now they're making a splash with their first tour of the United States. Banning Eyre reports. Orchestra Baobob, Specialist in All Styles Nonesuch ASIN: B00006JIAP Orchestra Baobob, Pirates Choice Nonesuch ASIN: B00005UPF7
July 22, 2002 On this episode, we dig through our archives to bring you some of our favorite artists and albums featured on All Songs Considered during the past two years.
February 6, 2002 Sleepwalking with Santo and Johnny; the child prodigy Debashish Battacharya; Fernando, a great unknown artist; new folk from The Be Good Tanyas; Britain's legendary Nick Lowe; musical trickery from Joseph Haydn; and the relaxed grooves of Orchestra Baobab.
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