Orchestra Baobab are one of Africa’s great iconic bands, creators of one of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive pop sounds.
Founded in 1970, Orchestra Baobab fused Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and a whole gamut of local styles – kickstarting a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, which turned the capital Dakar into one of the world’s most vibrantmusical cities. In their local scene and beyond, they produced what seemed like more hits in less than a decade than other bands in a lifetime.
While Baobab found themselves sidelined by the revolution they helped create and disbanded in 1985, a huge groundswell of international interest led to their triumphant reformation in 2001 which has seen them travel the world since. Their touchdown in Victoria Park in June is sure to be one of the highlights of Field Day 2016 and one that will be a talking points for a long time to come!Listen