16 Sep 2020


Classic album, that demonstrates some amazing soulful funk from Africa. Limited edition re-issue on Syllart Records of Orchestra Baobab's beautiful 'Mouhamadou Bamba' album from 1980.

'In 1993, twelve years after its first release in Senegal, Sterns released the 3rd CD in its 'African Classics' series: “Bamba” by Orchestra Baobab. It pulled together tracks from two seminal albums by this iconic group, and has remained a consistent and well-deserved 'best-seller' ever since.'

'2020 Limited Edition on Syllart by the first African studio album from Orchestre Baobab de Dakar, Senegal. Reissue, remastered LP from this 1980 recodings with vocals by Medoune Diallo, Rudolph Gonis, Thione Seck. One of the best African recordings ever.

Almost forty years after its first release and in partnership with a rejuvinated Syllart Records, Sterns are proud to present one of those albums, “Mouhamadou Bamba” as a limited edition 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, in its original sequence, specially remastered and with its own unique artwork.  “Mouhamadou Bamba” is a masterpiece. Under the musical direction of saxophonist Issa Cissoko, whose understated jazzy horn arrangements run throughout the album, along with guitarist Barthélemy Attisso, whose hypnotic, virtuoso solos are an outstanding feature, the album was recorded at the `Golden Baobab` studio in Dakar and produced there by a young Ibrahima Sylla. The use of the Baobab, both in name and imagery, highlighted the group`s awareness of traditional Senegalese values when combined with those from outside, in this case with the Afro-Cuban music which had become so popular during the 1960s and 70s. Here montuno guitar patterns combine with Wolof vocals, and all are subtly married to the rhythms of Cuban son and other boleros. The title track features the soulful and hauntingly beautiful voice of a young Thione Seck, singing in honour of Cheikh Mahamadou Bamba, a Senegalese relegious leader and founder of the Mouride brotherhood of Islam. It became one of Baobab's biggest ever hits.'

1. Mouhamadou Bamba 6:34
2. Ndiawolou 6:36
3. Boulmamine 5:56
4. Gnawou 6:30
5. Doomou Baaye 6:39
6. Yen Saay 8:05

Issa Cissoko: band leader and tenor saxophone
Barthélemy Attisso: lead guitar
Charles Ndiaye: bass guitar
Pape Bâ: guitar
Peter Udo: clarinet
Montaga Koite: percussion
Thione Seck: vocals
Medoune Diallo: vocals
Ndiouga Dieng: vocals and maracas
Balla Sidibe: vocals and timbales
Rudy Gomis: vocals