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Youssou N'Dour - 78% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1959, Dakar, Senegal. Born in the Medina, or ‘old town’, district of Dakar, N’Dour is the son of Ndeye Sokhna Mboup, herself a well-known traditional musician, who gave him his grounding in the traditional music of the Wolof people. His first public performances came with two local music and drama groups, including Sine Dramatic, which he joined in 1 Read more

Tinariwen - 75% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in 1982, in strikingly unusual circumstances for a musical ensemble, Tinariwen blend ancient musical traditions with radical contemporary politics. Despite severe natural and man-made hardships, young Kel Tamashek exiles continued performing the traditional music of their Tuareg forebears in the southern Sahara while simultaneously fighting against the government of Mali Read more

Tony Allen - 55% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1940, Lagos, Nigeria. While Africa is justly famed for its percussionists, the continent has produced only a limited number of outstanding kit drummers - not surprisingly, given most African band leaders’ preference for traditional drum and percussion sounds. Nigeria’s Tony Allen, however, along with South Africa’s Louis Moholo, is deservedly ranked Read more

Fela Kuti - 48% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, 15 October 1938, Abeokuta, Nigeria, d. 2 August 1997, Nigeria. Kuti was a primary influence behind the invention and development of Afro-Beat, the west African fusion of agit-prop lyrics and dance rhythms that has been a major medium of social protest for the urban poor since the late 60s.Kuti was born to middle Read more

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - 48% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The success of Paul Simon’s album Graceland did much to give the music of black South Africa international recognition in the mid-80s, and in particular gave a high profile to the choral group Mambazo and their captivating a cappella Zulu music (iscathamiya). Founded as Ezimnyama Ngenkani by Joseph Shabalala (Bhekizizwe Jospeh Siphatimandla, 28 August 1941, Ladysmith, S Read more

Ebo Taylor - 46% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
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Manu Dibango - 44% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 December 1933, Douala, Cameroon. Sent to France to complete his education in 1949, Dibango lived in Paris until 1956. By now a proficient saxophonist and classically trained pianist, he then moved to Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, he played regularly at the Black Angels Club, developing his fusion of jazz and Cameroonian makossa music. In 1960, he joined the band led by Read more

Miriam Makeba - 42% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1932, Johannesburg, South Africa. d. 10 November 2008, Castel Volturno, Italy. The vocalist who first put African music on the international map in the 60s, Makeba began her professional career in 1950, when she joined Johannesburg group the Cuban Brothers. She came to national prominence during the mid-50s as a member of leading touring group the Manhattan Brothers, Read more

Oliver Mtukudzi - 42% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. Along with Thomas Mapfumo, Mtukudzi aka Tuku, and his band the Black Spirits, has played one of the most prominent roles in the modernization of traditional Zimbabwean music, mixing African-American soul with mbira and other traditional beats. He recorded his first single, ‘Pezuna’, in 1976, after which he joined the Wagon Wheels Read more

Angelique Kidjo - 39% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 July 1960, Ouidah, Benin, West Africa. Angélique Kidjo’s family background provided her with both the impetus and platform to launch her singing career. Her mother, the director of Benin’s first professional theatre/dance company, travelled widely to research different dances and rhythms for the company’s ballets. Kidjo was part of the company from t Read more

Francis Bebey - 39% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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15 July 1929, Douala, Cameroon, d. 28 May 2001, Paris, France. Bebey’s father, a church minister, played the harmonium and accordion and taught his son to sing. He listened to local music and learned to play traditional instruments; he also heard western classical music on record. He played banjo but in the late 40s switched to guitar, which remained his principal instr Read more

King Sunny Ade - 39% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sunday Adeniyi, 1 September 1946, Oshogbo, Nigeria. When Ade dropped out of school in 1963 in order to play with semi-professional Lagos juju bands, his parents - from the royal family of Ondo - were horrified. In Nigeria, as in much of Africa, music was regarded by ‘respectable’ people as a very low-caste occupation. Ade’s subsequent national and internationa Read more

Hugh Masekela - 32% match to Orchestra Baobab

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the largest jazz record collections in the city. One of Masekela’s earliest memories is of winding up the household gramophone for his parents; by the age of 10, he was Read more


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