Music and the Baobab

baobab orchestra

The Baobab tree inspires so much in the world! So why would you be surprised that there's a legendary Senegalese band out there called Orchestra Baobab? Orchestra Baobab was formed in Dakar in 1970 when a group of Senegalese decided to create an intimate club where they could meet with their friends. They fashioned its walls and ceilings to resemble the ubiquitous Baobab tree, known among other things for its longevity and the shade of its branches. They called it the Baobab Club. And from this came the Orchestra Baobab. Known for their cooking afro-latino-soul sound, listen to them here: http://buff.ly/11Bf0F0

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