is one of the oldest and most famous Senegalese bands.
Created in 1970 to inaugurate the Baobab
nightclub, several members were recruited from
the Star Band
, the oldest band in Senegal, established in 1960 during the independence days.
The principal members from the start were from various ethnic descent and nationality: Balla Sidibé
a peul from Senegal, Laye M'Boup
(a wolof griot, who died in 1974 after a car accident),
(mandinka), Rudy Gomis
(from Guinee-Bissau) and
guitar player Attisso
who came from Togo. They all brought their heritage and style
and created the distinct Baobab sound.
Laye M'Boup was replaced by Thione Seck
who was responsible of one of Baobab's
biggest hits ever, « Mohamadou Bamba »
(1980). Thione left and
established his own band, and his younger brother, Mapenda Seck
, took his place.
Their biggest hits were in the 1970s, the LP « Ken Dou Werente »
reissued on CD as « Pirates Choice »
was the last album of Baobab
in its original composition. Balla Sidibé continued with Baobab Nouvelle Formation
with limited success. Due to the success of the CD re-issues, nearly all original members came together again and
performed on Womex 2001
in Rotterdam. Those fans who were there, know that they sounded as in
the old days!
An all-new album, has been released in September 2002, and has been well received with remarkable press coverage.
Since then, Baobab are touring extensively all over the world. In October 2007, a new album
« Made in Dakar »
, comes out, with new versions of old hits such as
« Ndeleng Ndeleng »
« Cabral »
Left to right: Charly N'Diaye, Balla Sidibé, Mountaga Kouyaté, Barthelemy Atisso, Ndiouga Dieng (1977)
Left to right: Barthelemy Attisso, Thione Seck, Balla Sidibé (1982)