Rolling Stone - p.714 stars out of 5
-- "[W]ith this collection of burbling grooves, these Senegalese legends recapture the Afro-Cuban bliss of their 1982 classic, PIRATES CHOICE..."
Spin - p.1164 stars out of 5
-- "Revisiting tunes from nights spent in steamy Dakar dance clubs, Baobab's merry but unhurried music braids high life with Cuban-flecked rumba and American soul jazz..."
Down Beat - p.683 stars out of 5
-- "The bright, circular lines of guitarist Barthelemy Attisso make songs like 'Pape Ndiaye,' 'Aline' and 'Beni Baraale' sound pan-African -- echoing strains of the pop music of countries as distant as Sudan and South Africa."
Dirty Linen - p.41
"These new versions shed a more modern and complex light on this very rhythmic music."
Paste (magazine) (p.70) - "MADE IN DAKAR is at its heart a throwback album. From the easy rumba of love song 'Aline' to the pure Cubanismo of 'Ami Kita Bay,' the sound is effortlessly groovy and deliciously mature..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Each song here -- with vocals performed in Wolof, Portugese Creole, French, and Malinke -- is equally rich in history....It's dance music, pure and simple, made for others to have a good time..."
The Beat (Magazine) - p.14
"'Nijaay' takes us way beyond the lyrical content of most American ditties....'Bikowa' is a gentle calypso launched by Issa Cissoko's dreamy alto sax..."
Adapters: Bala Sidibe; Youssou N'Dour.
Personnel: Bala Sidibe (vocals, drums, timbales); Ndiouga Dieng (vocals, congas); Medoune Diallo, Youssou N'Dour (vocals); Barthelemy Attisso (guitar); Thierno Koite (alto saxophone); Sanou Diouf (tenor saxophone); Ibou Konate (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Jerry Boys.
Recording information: Xippi Studios, Dakar, Egypt.
Photographer: Youri Lenquette.
Arranger: Barthelemy Attisso.
Originally released in Europe in late 2007 and issued in North America the following year, MADE IN DAKAR is the second album by Orchestra Baobab following their 2002 reunion after nearly two decades apart. Evenly split between new material and reworked versions of songs from the band's 1970s heyday as one of the biggest groups in Senegal and leading lights of the burgeoning Afropop scene, MADE IN DAKAR is a danceable, lyrical delight. Highlights include the solid reworkings of old favorites like "Sibam," "Nijaay" and "Cabral."